APTA Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology & Wound Management

STRATEGIC PLAN 2021-2023

 

Vision Statement

To be the premier organization for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students in     electrodiagnostics, biophysical agents, neuromusculoskeletal    ultrasonography, and wound management.  

Mission

To   advance, promote and support physical therapy practitioners, educators,  and  researchers as providers of evidence-based biophysical agents,    electrodiagnostics, neuromusculoskeletal ultrasonography, and wound management.   

Purpose

To establish physical therapists  as  providers of choice    in biophysical agents,  electrodiagnostics,   neuromusculoskeletal ultrasonography, and wound management.   

The Academy Values:

  • Unique and vital components of physical therapist practice,
  • Excellence in  education, research, and practice,
  • Collaboration and networking among members and external partners, 
  • Dedicated patient advocacy, and 
  • Active engagement in payment & reimbursement reform

Goal: Build and maintain effective mechanisms that promote internal and external communication and collaboration:

Our Objectives:

Internal:  Engage members in leadership  &  volunteer opportunities:   
 1)  Two vetted candidates for    80% of section-level    elected positions by 2024    election cycle 
2) 75% of section-wide volunteer positions filled by the 2024 annual meeting

External:    Engage  external partners/sponsors/advertisers  in mutually beneficial ways:
1)   Present/renew/review partnership agreements and sponsor/advertiser opportunities  annually
2)  Review/update liaison positions and identify SIG mentors  annually in March 

Internal & External: Develop  resources  to maximize return on investments and  communicate   outcomes


Structure

The ACEWM is composed of five collaborating Special Interest Groups: Biophysical Agents (BPASIG), Electrodiagnostics (EDXSIG), Neuromusculoskeletal Ultrasonography (NMSKUS SIG), Student (SSIG), and Wound Management (WMSIG). 

 

Biophysical Agent Special Interest Group Goal & Plan

BPA SIG Goal 1:  Develop & implement plan for completion of CPG guidelines for pain and TENs by 2016.
* This goal fits into the overall section-level goals by providing important/relevant/evidence-based guidance to multiple member and nonmember stakeholders regarding the use of TENs for pain management.  Also provides for succession planning regarding Academy knowledge and leadership about the CPG process.

BPA SIG Goal 2:  Create a BPA Library for member engagement with evidence-based articles and reimbursement.
* This goal fits into the overall section-level goals by Developing collaboration among faculty at different universities with like interests and improving member communication regarding biophysical agent-based research and reimbursement .

BPA SIG Goal  3:     Patient advocacy and payment reimbursement for the practicing physical therapist.
*  This goal fits into the overall section-level goal by building & maintaining effective mechanisms that promote internal and external communication and collaboration .


Electrodiagnostics Special Interest Group Goal & Plan

EDXSIG Goal 1:    All physical therapists practicing clinical electrophysiology/electrodiagnosis    are APTA, ACEWM and EDX SIG members .
*   This goal fits into the overall section-level goals by encouraging all physical therapist   EDXers  to belong and contribute to the premier organization.

EDX SIG Goal 2:     Help physical therapists practicing  clinical electrophysiology/electrodiagnosis   understand  and implement  best  practice  quality measures. 
* This goal fits into the overall section-level goals  by  demonstrating that physical therapist  EDXers   are evidence-based providers of choice. 

EDX SIG Goal 3:    Promote  excellence through research and education  for physical therapists practicing  clinical electrophysiology/electrodiagnosis. 
* This goal fits into the overall section-level goals by demonstrating that physical therapist    EDXers  are evidence-based providers of choice. 

EDX SIG Goal 4:   Patient advocacy and payment reimbursement for the practicing physical therapist .
* This goal fits into the overall section-level goal by building & maintaining effective mechanisms that promote internal and external communication and collaboration .

Neuromusculoskeletal Ultrasonography Special Interest Group Goal & Plan

NMSKUS SIG Goal 1:   All physical therapists recognize the indication for and value the clinical utility of NMSKUS and can assimilate data to a report to assist in patient evaluation and management. 
*  This goal fits into the overall section-level goal by advancing and supporting members practicing neuromusculoskeletal ultrasonography. 

NMSKUS  SIG Goal 2:   Promote and Develop educational guidelines for physical therapists and physical therapy students. 
*  This goal fits into the overall section-level goal by advancing the members to become evidence-based providers of choice in neuromusculoskeletal ultrasonography. 

NMSKUS SIG Goal 3:   Patient advocacy and payment reimbursement for the practicing physical therapist 
*This goal fits into the overall section-level goal by building & maintaining    effective mechanisms that promote internal and external communication and collaboration 

 Wound Management Special Interest Group Goal & Plan

WM SIG  Goal 1:    Develop a robust SIG webpage as a single resource for education links, reimbursement, contacts, and key information to encourage member engagement and promote ACEWM/WMSIG membership.
* This goal fits into the overall section-level goals  by  engaging and supporting WMSIG leaders and members and maximizes benefit of the website  .

WM SIG  Goal  2:   Establish regular communication with WMSIG members  to facilitate  member participation,  mentoring, and specialization.
* This goal fits into the overall section-level goals by engaging  all  PTs  practicing wound management to  join  and  participate  in  the  ACEWM as a WMSIG member.

WM SIG Goal 3:   Patient advocacy and payment reimbursement for the practicing physical therapist 
*This goal fits into the overall section-level goal by  building  & maintaining  effective mechanisms that promote internal and external communication and collaboration.

Student Special Interest Group Goal & Plan

SSIG Goal 1:   Each SSIG Committee as defined in the SSIG Policies and Procedures will be established and have at least two members. 
* This goal fits into the overall section-level goal by encouraging student leadership  and  increasing student awareness/ interest/engagement in issues pertinent to    physical  therapy and the ACEWM. 

SSIG Goal 2:   Expand number of active members by at least 25% within the next two years .
* This goal fits into the overall section-level goal by improving interest and support from students as well as fostering networking and social engagement. 

SSIG Goal 3:   Expand SSIG social media presence to include all social media platforms available in three years  .
* This goal fits into the overall section-level goal by increasing awareness of  the  SSIG, increasing support from members, and promoting student engagement and interest through regular posting.