On April 22, 2014 the Central District will provide an
‘Oxford Debate’ on the subject of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Affordable
Care Act (ACA) will significantly impact the profession of Physical Therapy
since the greater majority of patients receiving PT are funded by insurance
payers, particularly Medicare and Medicaid. Clinics are already dealing with
patients who have lost their insurance policy secondary to the ACA, and
therefore services were discontinued. On the reverse side, a growing number of
uninsured persons are enrolling in Medicaid which will impact therapists’
caseloads, not to mention reimbursements.
Also, therapists themselves are consumers of healthcare and their own
insurance will also be impacted. There are many unanswered questions about the
ACA and it is paramount that therapists are informed, as much as we can be,
about the potential impact for now and the future!!
1. Participants will learn the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the profession of Physical Therapy.
2. Participants will select a pro or con position regarding the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the profession of Physical Therapy.
3. Participants will gain knowledge on the areas related to the ACA that impact the therapist as a provider of healthcare as well as a consumer of healthcare.
This course is approved for 1.0 CCUs by the PT Board of Examiners.
Matt Walk originally from Maryville, Missouri earned his
Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physical Therapy degrees from the
University of Missouri in Colombia, MO. He went on to complete a six month
residency in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation at Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo,
CA. He spent the next two years working in various states throughout the
country as a traveling therapist, before returning to Kaiser Permanente to
complete a fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy in Hayward, CA. He
then settled in Texas and has worked in public health systems in Houston and
San Antonio. He finished his post-professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy at
the University of the Incarnate Word before coming on board as faculty with
UIW. His academic and clinical interests are in physical therapy in primary
care and urgent care settings and interprofessional models of care.
Chad Jackson came to the University of the Incarnate Word in June of 2012
from Maryville Missouri where he practiced the past 11 years in rural health
care at St. Francis Hospital and Health Services. Primary emphasis was
specialization of therapeutic exercise and manual therapy in outpatient
orthopedics across the lifespan. He also performed pediatric physical
therapy, long-term care, and vestibular rehabilitation.
Originally from Northwest Missouri, Chad performed his undergraduate studies
at Missouri Western State College and earned his doctorate in physical therapy
from Creighton University in 2001. He became an APTA credentialed clinical
instructor in 2003 and served as the Center Coordinator for Clinical Education
(CCCE) since that time which fueled his passion for students. He has also
served as an adjunct professor at Northwest Missouri State University teaching
anatomy and physiology for a brief time and this experience confirmed his
desire to work with students in a greater role someday. In 2004 the American
Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) granted him board certification
as a specialist in orthopedics. He also became a certified Mulligan
practitioner (CMP) in 2008.
For the past eight years he served in local government in a university
community as a city council member and four of those years serving as mayor. He
also has an interest in state government and has lobbied on behalf of municipal
and health care issues the past few years.
Chad credits his accomplishments to listening and following Jesus Christ and
having a wonderful, supporting wife who exemplifies wisdom. His joys come
from time with his wife and children; serving on short term mission trips, and
helping others succeed.
Dr. Mike Geelhoed is a member of the
inaugural Master of Physical Therapy graduating class of the UT Health Science
Center at San Antonio in 1998. He worked as a staff PT in a sports medicine and
rehabilitation facility from 1998-2001, then as clinic director for an
outpatient orthopedic and industrial medicine clinic from 2001-2003, and as
clinical coordinator for eight outpatient PT locations in 2002-2004. He taught
Orthopedics as an adjunct professor in 2003, and accepted a full-time faculty
appointment at UTHSCSA in January 2004. Currently he teaches Movement Science
to the first year students and assists with Orthopedics I and Orthopedics II to
the second year students. He assumed the
role of Director of Clinical Education in January 2007, and is now responsible
for all aspects of the students’ clinical education, including their 4 clinical
rotations and related coursework.
Mike is the Chair of the Alumni,
Recruitment, and Faculty Search Committees of the PT Department. He is
currently a member of 11 committees at the department, school, and university
level. Mike serves as the president of the Texas Physical Therapy Foundation,
and holds offices in both local and state chapters of the Texas PT Association.
He is the Chief Delegate for Texas to the APTA’s House of Delegates. He continues to practice clinically in sports
medicine and outpatient orthopedic facilities.
Mike received his Certification in
Manual Therapy (MTC) from the University of St. Augustine in 2002 and his Board
Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) from the American Board of
Physical Therapy Specialties in 2003. He completed his Doctorate of Physical
Therapy through the University of St. Augustine in December 2004.
research interests include reliability and validity of surface palpation of
spinal landmarks, the frequency of pathology found on diagnostic imaging of
asymptomatic individuals, and improving the critical thinking skills of PT
students. He has published several articles
and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, and presented to local, state,
national, and international audiences.