December, 2016

Fall 2016 OATA Report to CATA

The OATA continues to work hard on behalf of Athletic Therapy in Ontario. We are committed to collecting data via the Programs of Care (POC), created by the WSIB, and we are incenting 6 clinics in our new district organization to collect the data that we need.

Why is this needed? The Ontario Teacher’s Insurance Plan (OTIP) is changing the face of EHB for teachers in Ontario. This is a province-wide initiative starting with the public boards and will eventually be pushed to the separate school boards

Athletic Therapy has been excluded from three of the four teacher’s unions, even in districts that previously had Athletic Therapy billing, mostly because of the outdated information a few key people in the plan review committee believed in. They operated under the assumption that there was no Regulation of Athletic Therapists in Ontario.

The OATA had been working on relationship building with the Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario (ETFO), building on the personal relationship CG Group Director Nancy Coldham has had with members on that board and we are pleased to announce all elementary teachers in Ontario have Athletic Therapy coverage. This union has decided to group AT, PT and OT together with $1000 to be used at the member’s discretion. This is what we have sought, the chance to compete head to head on an almost even playing field. We are still hand cuffed by HST but that is out of our control until five (5) provinces have regulated Athletic Therapy.

The OTIP BOD has just been elected in October, so now there is an entity in which we can lobby. The problem for the OATA to lobby this group is that we have no data to support our statements that Athletic Therapy gets people better quicker. There is no AT specific data for us to cite. We have had in place the Programs of Care, developed by the WSIB, for the last 4 years. No clinic workers or owners have been willing to step forward and collect the data we need.

To incent our clinic owners to help us get this crucial data, we have entered a partnership with Practice Perfect and the OATA will cover one year of cost of the clinic software with the provision that they will implement and collect the data from the Programs of Care. Practice Perfect has installed the POC into their software to make the process as smooth as possible. As the final edits to this post were completed, we are extremely excited the 6 clinic owners have stepped forward to help collect the data we need.

OATA is sitting at key tables now such as WSIB Fee Review Committee, WSIB mTBI committee and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) led Concussion Clinic Guideline Committee. This is building on our previous positions on the MTBI Initiative, Regulated Healthcare Providers Clinic Regulation Project and Rowan’s Law Lobbying Committee.

The OATA has entered a partnership with FHMatch to provide OATA members with a free profile on their Fitness and Healthcare website that matches consumers and fitness and healthcare providers in a cloud based portal. OATA members will be able to upgrade their profile for a greatly reduced rate or maintain just the free profile. The OATA sees this partnership as an inexpensive way to increase our members digital profile on the internet and to the public in general.

Athletic Therapy and the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (CKO)

Athletic Therapists in Ontario have recently been able to elect our first slate of AT’s to the CKO council. Megan Young was elected to the CKO council and was subsequently asked and elected to the CKO executive Board of Directors. Elwin Law and Nicole Di fillip also ran for, and were elected to, the CKO council.

The OATA has been very proactive through the whole democratic process and encouraged our membership to consider protecting the public by joining the CKO council. We, as Athletic Therapists, need to be active within the college if we are to be taken seriously as partners in the protection of the public in Ontario.

We have had conversations with the AT CKO members reminding them that their responsibility is to protect the public in Ontario and that they are not OATA representatives on the CKO.

Respectfully submitted,

Drew Laskoski R. Kin., Athletic Therapist, CAT(C)

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