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Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy Day

Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy Day

When it comes to healthcare we’ve all felt like our voices weren’t being heard, at one time or another. Corey Kuipers is trying to bridge that gap by working alongside state legislators to advocate for better patient outcomes and advancements in the field of physical therapy.

Corey is the clinic director and a physical therapist at our Coopersville office. He’s passionate about raising awareness when it comes to the role of physical therapy, the value physical therapy brings to health care, and the quality of care that all patients receive. This week Corey attended the Michigan Physical Therapy Association’s (MPTA) Legislative Advocacy Day in Lansing. As a member of the MPTA, Corey spent the day with legislators, discussing important agenda items that the MPTA will be focusing on this year. The two main topics for 2019 are outlined below.

Michigan Physical Therapy News & Agenda Items

Physical Therapists & PT Assistants As Mandatory Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse: HB 4108 This legislation would add physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse or child neglect. PTs and PTAs are not currently mandatory reporters for children but they are for vulnerable adults. Although we are ethically obligated to report suspected child abuse, HB4108 would add legal protections, such as civil and criminal immunity as well as confidentiality, when reporting suspected child abuse in good faith. As the law stands right now, if you reported suspected child abuse and the family found out, they could take legal action against the therapist or their practice. This bill would help prevent that.

Legislation to Allow Michigan to Join The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact: SB 22 This legislation would increase consumer access to physical therapy by reducing the regulatory barriers to interstate mobility and cross state practice. Simply, this means physical therapists could practice outside the state without obtaining a new license in that state. A “home state” license would be required, then therapists could apply online, submit a fee, and complete the relevant juris prudence exam to be able to exercise compact privileges in a “remote state.” Creating improved access across state borders is essential due to new models of health care delivery, mobility of patients and providers, workforce issues and new technologies such as telehealth programs.

Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy DayIt’s important to have people like Corey advocating on behalf of our profession. As always, our top priority is to provide the best possible care for each and every patient and sometimes we can ease the process along by partnering with our state and local governments. As a patient, we hope that you will always feel comfortable expressing your opinions and feedback when it comes to your healthcare. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our state’s policies, please feel free to reach out to Corey by setting up a free consultation with him.

Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy DayMPTA & Michigan Physical Therapy News

The Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) is a professional organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students who have joined together to assure that high ethical professional standards are maintained and that quality health care in the areas of prevention, education and rehabilitation of movement dysfunction and wellness are received for all consumers in the state of Michigan. They’re also a great source for all Michigan physical therapy news.

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Schedule Now :: Deductibles & Flex Spending Accounts

Schedule Now :: Deductibles & Flex Spending Accounts

As we near the end of 2018, many of you might find yourselves in a situation where your insurance deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums have already been met for the year, meaning the insurance company will typically pay 100% of your medical costs. Others have a flexible spending account and oftentimes those funds are lost at year end, if not spent. So how does this effect you when it comes to those aches and pains or upcoming surgery procedures that you’ve been meaning to take care of?

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Make 2019 the year you feel great!

Sometimes aches and pains seem to come out of nowhere, and other times what seems like a simple injury results in lasting pain. Maybe you’ve been experiencing a pinching sensation in your elbow whenever you lift something heavy, or maybe your back pain is flaring up more frequently than it used to. Do you feel pain in your shin every time you run? These are all issues that physical therapy can help with. In addition to common aches and pains, we also work with segmented populations including children, seniors, women’s health issues, and athletes. If your policy renews in January, 2019, now is the time to get in for physical therapy to get those issues resolved, especially if you insurance deductible has been met.

Some insurance companies have limits on the number of physical therapy visits you are allowed per calendar year, but oftentimes your treatment may just consist of a few visits. If your insurance deductible has already been met, your cost for therapy services may be significantly reduced, or better yet – covered 100%, depending on your individual plan. So now is the perfect time to give physical therapy a try!

Michigan is a Direct Access state, which means you can schedule an appointment for physical therapy without a referral from your physician. Plus, we offer complimentary consultations where you can talk about your pain or injury, one-on-one with a physical therapist, and see how physical therapy can help you. Our clinics are conveniently open 7am-7pm most days, and we accept most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.

If you have questions about how physical therapy will affect your insurance deductible, you can contact our billing specialist at 616.259.5675 or via email.

Don’t let pain or an upcoming surgery prevent you from doing the things you love. Schedule your free consultation today. With ten clinics located throughout west Michigan, we’re always close to home. Visit us in Allendale, Caledonia, Cedar Springs, Comstock Park (Grand Rapids), Coopersville, Grant, Lowell, Norton Shores (Muskegon), Sparta, and Wayland.

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Lowell Week on eightWest + A BIG Announcement

More than one third of adults take prescription pain medications on a daily basis and while those pills can be great for relieving short term pain, the side effects from taking them long term can be startling.

Ashley VandenBerg, physical therapist and Lowell Clinic Director, stopped by the studios of WOOD tv’s eightWest and talked with Rachael Ruiz about how physical therapy treatment is different than taking prescription pain medication for things like pelvic pain, sports injuries, knee osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain, and various other conditions.

Lowell Week on eightWest + A BIG AnnouncementMany people don’t realize that physical therapy can be a safe alternative to prescription pain pills. While there is a time and place for prescription pain medications, if taken in combination with physical therapy you can decrease pain even faster.  Oftentimes with patients we see the pills simply masking the pain, but not solving the problem; physical therapy can address what’s causing the issue and work towards a permanent solution.

Announcing Our 10th Clinic!
Also in this segment, Ashley had the opportunity to reveal the location for our 10th clinic, which will be located in Caledonia! If you’re looking for quality healthcare closer to home, our new Caledonia physical therapy clinic is opening September 4 and we can’t wait to start serving this great community! Our new office is located at 9321 Cherry Valley SE, Suite D, and will be open 7am – 7pm most days so it’s convenient to stop by before or after work for an appointment. Stay tuned for more exciting details.



View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest
If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV and eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

Lowell and Caledonia Physical Therapy
If you’re looking for a physical therapist in the Lowell or Caledonia area, consider scheduling a free consultation so we can take a look at what’s bothering you. It’s an informative, no commitment appointment, and a great way to test the waters if you’re not sure if physical therapy is right for you. We work with people of all ages, at all levels. Schedule your free consultation today!



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Allendale > 6173 Lake Michigan Dr.
Caledonia > 9321 Cherry Valley
Cedar Springs > 308 S. Main
Comstock Park > 4615 W. River Dr.
Coopersville > 25 Conran
Grant > 17615 W. Moore
Kalamazoo > 7119 West Q Avenue

Lowell > 2050 W. Main
Norton Shores > 6022 Harvey
Sparta > 31 Ida Red
Wayland > 709 West Superior


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