Practice and Research Committee

The Practice and Research Committee assist the membership in understanding, complying with, and utilizing the PA Physical Therapy Practice Act and serves as a resource for research activities, processes, and education for the membership.

The committee does this by assisting the membership in understanding, complying with, and utilizing the Physical Therapy Practice Act. Also, the committee serves as a resource to the board of directors and the membership in providing assistance to support best clinical practice within the state of Pennsylvania. We are made up of committee members chosen by the board of a directors with a chair appointed with representation from members across the PPTA.

If you have a clinical practice related question, please contact the Practice and Research Committee Chair, Mary Ann Wharton, and your question will be forwarded to the appropriate resource person by the committee. The practice Committee may, at times, post questions and responses on the web site or in the newsletter when a topic seems particularly relevant or has been asked multiple times. The questioner's identity would not be revealed in such a format.


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  • HCEA Survey - Submit Today | The Health Care Education Association (HCEA) is asking for your feedback on the National Patient Education Guidelines for Health Professionals. The guidelines were developed as a concise guide for implementing evidence-based patient education. The purpose of your feedback is to refine the usefulness of the guidelines for frontline health care professionals. Your feedback is part of the overall project of creating and disseminating the guidelines and indicates your consent to participate.

    To provide feedback, follow the steps below:

    • Visit the National Patient Education Guidelines for Health Professionals page
    • The link takes you to the Guidelines Homepage for the introduction.
    • From this page, you can navigate to the rest of the guidelines by using the buttons at the bottom. (The same buttons are on the bottom of every page for ease of navigation.)
    • Please review each section:
      • Frequently asked questions
      • Assessment
      • Planning
      • Implementation
      • Evaluation
      • Appendices
      • References by Strategy
      • References Alphabetically
      • Guidelines Quick Guide
    • Once you have reviewed all sections of the guidelines, please provide brief feedback (6 questions) by July 3, 2020.

COVID-19 Updates

Review the June 29, 2020 - CMS Offers MIPS Reporting Relief, CMS Proposes Expanded Uses of Home Health Telecommunications in 2021, Updated COVID-19 Resources from APTA, Telehealth in Practice Updates, COVID-19 Policy Advocacy, Newly Released COVID-Related Journal Articles
Review all COVID-19 updates on the PPTA COVID-19 FAQ & Resource page

Committee Members

Mary Ann Wharton
Chair of the Practice & Research Committee
Term: 1/1/20-12/31/22
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Pam Pologruto
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Brooke Klatt
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Alexis Del Palazzo
  Mark Drnach

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Kimberly Wynarczuk
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