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: February 13, 2020

Time: 9 am - 12 pm 

Location: Tukwila L&I Office, 12806 Gateway Drive S., Tukwila, WA 98802

Past meeting minutes (the last twelve months) *

* To request all the meeting notes, 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.