Federal Legislative Agenda

APTA’s Action App brings Advocacy to your fingertips! Available in both the Apple and Google Play App Stores, it allows you to donate to the PT-PAC, find out about current issues and includes talking points to contact your legislators, along with their contact info.  Grassroots tools have never been easier! Check out this app and the APTA News app on your phone or tablet today! 

Sign up for PTeam on the APTA website at: http://www.apta.org/PTeam/. You’ll receive a quarterly newsletter on legislative activity on Capitol Hill and Legislative Action Alerts on Federal legislative issues. Through the alerts, we ask you to contact your Members of Congress on particular issues of concern to your patients and the physical therapy profession.

Want to become a better advocate for your profession? Check out the videos on http://www.apta.org/Advocacy/Involvement/Tools/ and other resources offered. Reach out to your Federal Affairs Liaison Ami Faria PT, DPT for support as well: ami.faria@genesishcc.com.


Who’s Who in the 114th Congress?

What are APTA’s Priority Legislative and Regulatory Issues for 2015-2016?

See here for updates: http://www.apta.org/FederalIssues/

Medicare Therapy Cap

In the 113th Congress, full bipartisan support was in place for action to repeal the therapy caps. Legislation has not been introduced for the 114th Congress yet. This will continue to be a focus of APTA so stay tuned! 

Self-Referral

APTA supports excluding physical therapy services from the in-office ancillary services exception (IOAS) under the physician self-referral prohibition (commonly referred to as the Stark law). Legislation has not been introduced for the 114th Congress yet. This will continue to be a focus of APTA so stay tuned! 

Education & Workforce Legislation

APTA strongly supports legislation that would authorize physical therapists to participate in student loan forgiveness programs such as the National Health Service Corps and Frontline Providers program. Legislation has not been introduced for the 114th Congress yet. This will continue to be a focus of APTA so stay tuned! 

Direct Access

Currently, 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) allow physical therapists to evaluate patients without a prior physician's referral and 48 states and DC improve accessibility further by allowing physical therapists to evaluate and treat, under certain conditions, patients without a referral from a physician. Since 2005, important gains have been made under Medicare for patients to see their physical therapist without a referral.Legislation has not been introduced for the 114th Congress yet. This will continue to be a focus of APTA so stay tuned! 

Armed Services Legislation

APTA proudly supports initiatives to provide physical therapy to our nation’s armed services and our veterans. Legislation has not been introduced for the 114th Congress yet. This will continue to be a focus of APTA so stay tuned! 

Concussion Management Legislation

Concussions in student athletes are a growing public health problem that demands immediate attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly 3.8 million incidences of sports-related concussions occur every year. Legislation has not been introduced for the 114th Congress yet. This will continue to be a focus of APTA so stay tuned!

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