Committee on Practice Advancement

The Practice Advancement Committee is responsible for educating and updating the membership on the issues pertaining to third-party reimbursement, employment, and other revenue issues for athletic trainers in the state of Wisconsin. Currently the committee is made up of 10 members from throughout Wisconsin. The committee has successfully created a variety of reimbursement models and assisted many entities in receiving third-party reimbursement for the work performed by licensed athletic trainers.

Purpose and Charge:

Purpose: Develop and provide resources to help athletic trainers create healthcare models that enhance business opportunities and return on investment.

The Board of Directors charges this committee to:

  • Develop policies and establish budget procedures for time spent on WATA reimbursement committee activity.

  • Publicize outcome data to entities that are essential to the achievement of third party reimbursement.

  • Investigate the utilization of legal services with experience in fair trade law within the health insurance industry.

  • Conduct meetings with the leading payers, organizations and employers determined to be the most critical to achieving success with reimbursement and employment initiatives.

  • Increase communication with third party payers.

  • Initiate and evolve an educational model for athletic trainers and employers related to the business of athletic training.

  • Collaborate with District IV COR Committee on issues related to reimbursement.

Link to COPA Policies and Procedures Manual: COPA Policies and Procedures Manual

Committee Co-Coordinators:


Reimbursement of  Athletic Training Services Information click here.

Committee Members:

  • Matthew Barber

  • Shari Durch

  • Ernest G. Eugene

  • Dominic Greenfield

  • Rachel Kuntz

  • Brian Milnarich

  • Emily Mueller

  • Wade Peitersen

  • Gary Premo

  • Brett Schulz

For committee contact information: WATA COPA 2016 Directory 


The COPA has created a variety of documents and links to assist WATA members with reimbursement efforts:

How to Apply for an NPI #  or click NPI instructions to follow written instructions.

The WATA Third Party Reimbursement Initiative

Owner and CEO of Orthovise: Joe Greene

In conjunction with state and national leadership, we have developed a well designed strategic plan to advance third party reimbursement initiatives in the State of Wisconsin that will implement diverse pilot programs at key locations around the state. This will allow us to learn best practices, but also allow us to identify the educational needs of employers and members. Please be patient with this process as we want to create a well designed and coordinated roadmap for those athletic trainers and employers that wish to pursue third party reimbursement for athletic trainers under the athletic training scope of practice in the State of Wisconsin. This plan will also include advocacy efforts with payors and employers.

Important educational materials and updates will be posted here regularly as we work on your behalf to advocate for the profession of  athletic training in the State of Wisconsin. We will be adding FAQ’s to this page and we will also have the functionality to distribute communication via multiple social media outlets. This will allow us to optimize communication with you, the membership. This is very important to WATA leadership, and we couldn’t agree more. We want to keep you updated as effectively as possible.

We have assembled an exceptional and dedicated team to this cause that is excited to work on your behalf.  These individuals will be working as part of our company to move our mutually agreed upon initiatives forward. We are building the content for these individuals now and will post it below within the next week.

All this said, we cannot accomplish what we need to without the support of the membership and volunteers. With your support, we will work extremely hard to enable opportunities now and in the future for you.

WATA Third Party Reimbursement Pilot Sites

Thank you to our confirmed Pilot Site Institutions! Our pilot site program launched on 7/1/2015.

Portage Divine Savior Hospital
Columbus Community Hospital
Community Health Network
Fort Healthcare
Grant Regional Health Center
Baldwin Area Medical Center
Aurora BayCare Medical Center

The WATA has identified and secured approval from seven healthcare entities that have both practice type and geographic diversity to serve as pilot sites. In order to be a pilot site, each organization has committed to supporting the processes associated with billing third parties for autonomous rehabilitation services delivered by an athletic trainer in an outpatient rehabilitation clinic or through a physician office. The 97005 and 97006 and/or other 97000 series codes will be utilized and supported at pilot sites. Pilots will last 12 months in duration and implementation began on 7/1/2015.

For more detailed information specific to what is required of pilot sites, please see the following document:

Wisconsin Pilot Program Requirements and Description

If you have questions and believe that your institution would explore being a pilot site or consider utilizing athletic trainers in a reimbursable capacity, please contact Joe Greene @ or at (608) 220-6196.

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