Learn more about our Physical Medicine Best Practices Project:

About our Program

We are collaborating with community experts to implement best practices that ensure workers receive:

  • Effective physical and occupational therapy services.
  • Clinically meaningful improvement in function.
  • Focusing on return to work.

Community Experts: the Therapy Stakeholder's Group

Representing WOTA

  • Josh Cobbley, Northwest Return to Work
  • Lori Stephens, Valley Medical Center

Representing PTWA

  • Tyrees Marcy, Olympic Sports and Spine Rehabilitation
  • Teri Jo Lientz, Strive Physical Rehabilitation

Additional Members

  • Lee Caton, PINN Rehabilitation
  • Bob Hoctor, Summit Rehabilitation
  • Megan Milyard, Kitsap Physical Therapy
  • Lynda White, CAPEN
  • Danielle Wojtkiewicz, RET Physical Therapy

Upcoming meetings (Open to the public)

Date: October 29, 2021

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am 

Location: Zoom Webinar *

Past meeting minutes (the last twelve months) *

* To request all the meeting notes or for virtual meeting information, please contact the physical medicine email or phone number below.

Best Practices What's New

Physical medicine best practices and progress report form are now available

A new progress report form for workers covered under the state workers’ compensation fund and a best practices quick reference card are now available from L&I. They are intended for:

  • Use by physical and occupational therapists
  • Standard outpatient therapy services

Use of the progress report form is currently voluntary, but it will transition into a required form later this year.

The benefits of the form include:

  • Using a standardized format
  • Promoting best practices

Those practices include:

  • Communicating with the attending provider and others involved in the claim
  • Patient engagement
  • Tracking functional outcomes and documentation

If you would like to learn more, visit our Physical Medicine project web page.

For additional information, you can contact the project team at therapy@Lni.wa.gov or 360-902-9115.