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The Affordable Care Act & the Profession of PT - Are They Suitable Companions?
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This is a Central District Course

When: 04/22/2014
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: University of Incarnate Word
9160 Guilbeau Rd,
San Antonio, TX  78250
United States
Presenter: Matthew Walk, PT, Chad Jackson, PT, Mike Geelhoed, PT
Contact: Martha Acosta

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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.

Mike’s 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.

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