Hello to all,
Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy Holiday Season to all!
As we move toward the end of 2013 and look forward to a new year, I thought it a good time to reflect upon what we accomplished as an organization this year. Gino Norris eloquently stated that “wisdom is the fruits of reflection.”
I believe that our organization can look back on 2013 and see that we have grown in wisdom and strength. We haven’t been successful in all of our endeavors but we have gained valuable insight into strategy and alliances that will serve us well in 2014.
Let’s take a moment to look back at our year as an organization.
- We began 2013 with a legislative plan which culminated in another very successful Lobby Day. During that day, we met with or delivered our message to every NYS legislator. The result was a groundswell of new sponsorships and support for our two key pieces of legislation, the High Co Pay Bill and the Workers Compensation bills. Unfortunately, both failed to move out of committee during the legislative session, but the valuable lessons learned during the process will help us with our Legislative Plan for 2014.
- NYPTA leadership sat at the table with the NYS Workers Compensation leadership including the Chair, the Medical Director, and Executive Director. This meeting produced an ongoing dialogue and a continued NYPTA involvement in a reengineering project at the Board.
- Our Board of Directors crafted a new Strategic Plan for the NYPTA, which was widely debated and ultimately came to pass during an unprecedented special Delegate Assembly held electronically, to insure that membership’s voices and concerns were heard and accounted for. This document will be a roadmap for success for NYPTA as we move forward into the future for our profession and health care in NYS.
- NYPTA and AIPT undertook a PAC campaign which generated significant increases in our PAC funding. Thank you to all members who participated. The funds have and will continue to help us with our advocacy programs.
- Early Intervention has faced many external pressures, which have taken a extremely destructive toll on our patients and practitioners. NYPTA has been very involved in this area, and our President, Executive Director, and our lobbyist attended NYS hearings regarding the system and the problematic claims and billing issues. Our President testified to the issues that face PTs and patients and the negative impacts experienced because of these issues.
- NYPTA forged alliances with the NY Speech Association, the NY OT Association and presented to the Kings County Medical Society and held high level discussions with the New York State Medical Society.
- NYPTA launched an on-line advertising campaign to educate and brand PT in NYS.
- NYPTA continues to monitor the health care environment in our state looking towards opportunities and standing ready to address challenges that can negatively impact PT practice in NYS and 2013 was no exception in terms of threats and challenges. We have reacted swiftly and professionally to all.
As we move to 2104, the challenges that we face are very real. All of us, no matter what setting we practice in, are feeling the strains of healthcare reform, decreasing budgets, and the ever increasing demand to produce high quality evidenced based services with less resources.
I believe that as an organization, we have mobilized during this past year to assist membership by providing the resources necessary to help each member to successfully meet the challenges ahead -- not only in 2014, but for years beyond. I urge each of you to actively engage in your membership. Do what you can. Go to a district meeting, read your HotPoints and imPACts, act when called upon. This organization is our voice, it is our strength, but its strength comes from all of its members and their collective energies.
I wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year, and I look forward to meeting the challenges of 2014 side by side with each of you.
Until next month, all the best,