Strategic Plan 2017-2020 | ACEWM
STRATEGIC PLAN 2017-2020

Our Purpose

The Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management (ACEWM) supports and promotes physical therapists as providers of clinical elecrtrophysiology, biophysical agents and integumentary/wound management.

The Academy Values:

  • Unique and vital components of physical therapist practice

  • A commitment to excellence

  • The collaborative contributions of members including the physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, and student

Goal: Physical therapist will become the provider of choice in electrodiagnosis (EDX):

Our Objectives:

  1. All Physical Therapists recognize the indication for and value the clinical utility of EDX and can assimilate data from a report to assist in patient evaluation and management.All Physical Therapists recognize the indication for and value the clinical utility of EDX and can assimilate data from a report to assist in patient evaluation and management
  2. Physical therapists demonstrate the best adherence to quality measures of any discipline practicing EDX, including lab accreditation and board certification

Goal: Physical therapists will embrace biophysical agents (BPA) as effective and integral for best patient outcomes.

Our Objectives:

  1. Increase membership that would lead to the creation of a SIGIncrease membership that would lead to the creation of a SIG
  2. Educate Physical therapists/Physical therapists assistants on the value of BPAs and their appropriate use

Goal: Physical therapists will become the provider of choice in wound management and prevention (WM)

Our Objectives:

  1. To educate members and stakeholders on the unique skillset of physical therapists in wound management
  2. Determine the use of and encourage utilization of curriculum guidelines
  3. To complete Phase 2 process of ABPTS wound specialization
EDX Sub-goals Strategies
  • All Physical Therapists recognize the indication for and value of EDX and can assimilate data from a report to assist in patient evaluation and management
  • Physical therapists practicing EDX demonstrate the best adherence to quality measures of any discipline
  • All Physical therapists practicing EDX are Board Certified in Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy/ECS
  • All Physical therapists practicing EDX are APTA and Academy Members
  • Physical therapist education includes Fellowship and Residency programs in EDX
  • Physical therapists are contributing to clinical research and CPGs in EDX
  • All Physical Therapists recognize the indication for and value of EDX and can assimilate data from a report to assist in patient evaluation and management
  • Physical therapists practicing EDX demonstrate the best adherence to quality measures of any discipline
  • All Physical therapists practicing EDX are Board Certified in Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy/ECS
  • All Physical therapists practicing EDX are APTA, Academy and EDX Sig Members
  • Physical therapist education includes Fellowship and Residency programs in EDX
  • Physical therapists are contributing to clinical research and CPGs in EDX
  • Education through the use of a variety of strategies that include the use of the posted Education Guidelines
  • Develop a list of guest speakers by state to present live lectures and webinars for
    • Entry Level programs
    • Physical therapists
    • Other healthcare providers
  • Develop co-presentations with other Sections at conferences (e.g. CSM)
  • Offer webinars on specific topics (e.g. CTS, DM, diagnostic US,) with/to other section/SIGs members…
  • Distribute these materials with various marketing approaches
  • Encourage participation in FELA (Federation of Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation) through multiple venues (eg,Newletters/Listserv)
  • Encourage membership in ACEWM and EDX SIG
  • Develop Practice Parameter Evaluation Database
  • Encourage Non-ECS PT Providers to become board certified.
  • Develop mentoring program
  • Facilitate CEU programs

 

BPA Sub-goals Strategies
  • Biophysical agents will be regularly considered during the evaluative process for patient plan of care.
  • Physical therapists will promote the most effective use of biophysical agents for tissue changes and neuromodulation.
  • Physical therapists will be the leader in promoting the appropriate use of biophysical agents
  • Choosing biophysical agents will be based upon an appropriate understanding of the evidence and not current biases and third party payer reimbursement.
  • Email PT/PTA programs to invite all faculty who teach BPA to join the Academy
  • Search research literature for studies published in the lasts 5 years by physical therapists and contact authors with an invitation to join the Academy
  • Recruit at least 10 PTs/PTAs who are members of the Academy and who agree to support the creation of a SIG
  • Formally petition the Academy to create the SIG
  • Provide information at Academy booth at CSM/NSC
  • Collaborate with the Education Committee of the Academy to facilitate BPA educational programs at CSM and other venues
  • Update the educational guidelines for PT and PTA academic programs for teaching BPA
  • Inclusion of a “spotlight” in Academy newsletter on BPA
  • Create a listserv on BPA

 

WM Sub-goals Strategies
  • Physical therapists will be the catalysts for a collaborative model of wound management by informing colleagues and stakeholders of our unique knowledge and skills in interventions, functional movements, and prevention
  • Physical therapists will be the catalysts for a collaborative model of wound management by informing colleagues and stakeholders of our unique knowledge and skills in interventions, functional movements, and prevention

 

  • Develop a partnership and explore opportunities with AAWC and others
  • Publish documents
  • Increase educational opportunities beyond CSM (e.g., webinars, local, etc)
  • Increase abstract submissions at CSM
  • Develop co-sponsorships at CSM annually
  • Develop continuing education opportunities on the guidelines and how to utilize it
  • To maintain, review, and update the guidelines by 2019
  • Survey national programs to determine use of the guidelines
  • Complete Phase 1 of the ABPTS wound specialization process
  • Develop the exam for specialization