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As the number of presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise in West Virginia as well as in our neighboring states, we know that clinics are finding it necessary to limit care hours, limit the types of patients seen and in some instances have closed their doors to face to face visits completely. Telehealth technologies can enable the delivery of health care services in a manner that will limit the transmission of COVID-19 to health care providers and patients while providing clinically appropriate, medically necessary health care services to those quarantined or practicing social distancing. We recognize that for many who have not even begun to consider the integration of technology into daily practice, this is intimidating. And, during a time of crisis when the stakes are so high is not the best time to be considering it. We want to assure you that the chapter has been working everyday to try to get some clarity on this issue, especially as it relates to payment. However, that clarity is difficult to find.

We, as your association leadership team wanted to take a moment to reach out to you during this time of uncertainty. We hope that you all are well and taking care of yourselves and your families.

Your state association has been working to stay informed of the issues related to COVID-19 and how they may impact our members and those they serve. The information is being produced at lightning speed and is ever-evolving. We want to make you aware of where you can go to get the most up to date information related to the Coronavirus on a national level as well as the most recent information related to physical therapy practice.

For information related to the outbreak here in the U.S., please seek your information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA includes information on how to prepare your workplace to maintain safety. The WV DHHR website houses information related to COVID-19 in WV, including number and location of cases, travel restrictions, guidelines for the public, among other information.

The WVPTA was recently contacted by a physical therapist and APTA member working to complete a Doctor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services at the University of Oklahoma, and we have been invited to participate in the survey at the link below.

The survey is related to Early Intervention (EI) physical therapists' use of the International Classification of Functioning, Health and Disability for Children and Youth (ICF-CY) in clinical practice.

The survey attempts  to reach as many Early Intervention physical therapists, working with children ages birth to 3, as possible.

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and EI PT participants are eligible to enter a drawing for a $75 Amazon gift card.  

Abstract Submissions Accepted:  December 10, 2018 thru January 28, 2019.

The date posters will be displayed is TBA. During the conference with 45 minutes scheduled for presenters to be available at their poster for a question and answer session.

There is a $25.00 fee for submission of each abstract from practitioners and a $15.00 fee for student submissions. Payment is accepted via PayPal. This fee assists in covering the cost of room rental for the poster presentations as well as the online abstract submission site. Each individual may submit a maximum of two abstracts as the presenting author but may submit an unlimited number of abstracts as a secondary author. If an abstract is selected, the presenting author must register for the Sunday portion of the conference and is responsible for the cost of meals. All applicants must be WVPTA members or be sponsored by a member. Please contact the WVPTA office regarding sponsorship.

All abstracts must be submitted online. Each abstract will be reviewed by three members of the Research Committee Abstract Review Team who will make the final decision regarding acceptance.

Abstracts require author information with credentials, contact information, place of employment, and email. Please ensure all contact information is correct. All future correspondence may occur via email. There is a 3,125 character limit including spaces but not authors or institutions. All abstracts must include the following required fields.

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