Advocacy

ADVOCACY AFFAIRS – May 2022

 

How to Get Involved!

One way that you can easily advocate and take an active role in the PT profession at the federal and state level is to download the APTA Action app.  While we encourage everyone to support the PT profession through their membership with APTA, you do not need to be an APTA member to use the app and have a voice.  Taking action via the app typically takes 1-2 minutes and has the latest information on legislation that affects you.  Below is the link to download the APTA Action App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/apta-action/id727008540                

 

Federal Affairs Update

Advocacy = Selfcare

Advocacy is selfcare. Feelings of burnout and fatigue are being felt across all practice setting.  Having a voice and power in decision making is one way to combat feelings of burnout.  The act of practicing small amounts of advocacy can give you feeling of purpose, accomplishment, contribution, connection, and power, which have a positive health benefit. We can’t make change without voices and numbers.  If you believe that physical therapists and physical therapy assistants should have a voice in making rules and laws about physical therapy practice, then please take action.  The APTA Action App makes it easy and simple.

Telehealth update:

As of right now, physical therapists have not secured permanent telehealth coverage.  Physical therapist is currently covered under the telehealth waiver under the public health emergency.  Initially, the telehealth coverage was scheduled to end abruptly once the PHE is declared over, which could be as early as this July.  The US House just passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 which will give the profession a 5-month blanket extension of the current Medicare telehealth waiver after the end of the PHE.  Securing this extension has been critical to avoid a sudden drop-ff of coverage, and to set the stage for a permanent or longer extension of the telehealth waiver.  

Position Paper: Expanded Telehealth Access Act of 2021 | APTA

Combating Burnout and Addressing Mental Health of Healthcare Workers

The Legislation | Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes Foundation (drlornabreen.org)

APTA Fit for Practice Initiative | APTA

Allied Health Work Diversity Act

The PREVENT Pandemics Act (an Act that focuses on strengthening the nation’s preparedness and response systems in the wake of COVID-19) contains APTA supported language from our Allied Workforce Diversity Act in addressing social detriments to health.

Position Paper: The Allied Health Work Diversity Act | APTA

 Contact our Federal Affairs Liaison, Amanda Packard 


 

State Affairs Update 

The NH state legislature continues to work through the many bills under consideration this session.   APTA NH has been actively following many of these bills and at this point in the session were are down to following about 20 bills. Some of the remaining active bills under consideration that we are following are listed below:

Here are updates on three we are watching: 

  • HB1080: Relative to the Rights of Conscience for Medical Professionals.
  • HB1390: Relative to Access to Language Translation Services in Telemedicine
  • HB1624: Relative to Students with Disabilities Participating in Co-curricular Activities and Making an Appropriation, Therefore
  • SB 277: Relative to Emergency or Temporary Healthcare Licenses

For more information on these and other pending bills, go to www.nh.gov then put your cursor over the Government tab at the top and click on NH State Legislature.  You can enter bill numbers like the ones above or do a keyword search for bills to access more information. Please feel free to reach out to us at www.nhapta.org for more information or to get involved. 

Contact our State Legislative Committee contact, Mark Mailloux 


APTA House of Delegates Update 

The APTA is gearing up for the House of Delegates (HOD), August 14th and 15th.  Your NH reps will attend the NE Caucus on June 11th, in person! 

There has been a bit of activity on the Hub (APTA’s On-line Community Forums) with respect to potential motions that may make it to the HOD.  Topics are varied, everything from the gender pay gap to Continuing Education standards, with more to come as these ideas are slowly taking shape.  The first packet of information containing motions will be distributed to members on May 25th

The 2022 APTA officer elections slate of candidates has been posted to the APTA website.  The NE caucus has plans to collaborate for interviews, so your NH reps will be teaming up with VT, ME, MA, CT & RI, starting at the end of April.  We’ll provide updates as the election prep progresses.     

To provide any feedback you may have, please contact our Chief Delegate, Eydie Kendall.

 


 

APTA National Advocacy Highlight 

Here’s what the data show about the impacts of physical therapy:

  • Physical therapy is essential for many in their recovery from COVID-19. COVID-19 can strike anyone, and its effects range from being undetectable to requiring mechanical ventilation. When people are hospitalized and are just beginning to recover from the most severe effects of the novel coronavirus, physical therapists are helping. And physical therapy will continue to be needed by some long after they leave the hospital.
  • Physical therapy is effective in reducing pain. For example, a growing body of evidence for physical therapist treatment of low back pain includes a 2018 study published in Health Services Research that shows that using it as a first-line approach not only saves money but also dramatically reduces the chance of receiving a prescription for dangerous opioids.
  • Physical activity prevents disease. For example, people who regularly walk 8,000 steps a day are significantly less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, cancer, or any cause than those who take 4,000 steps or fewer, according to a March 2020 study published in JAMA.
  • Physical therapists treat people where they are. Physical therapists provide care to people across the lifespan and in many settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, homes, schools, sports teams and fitness facilities, the U.S. Armed Services, veterans facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. About 90 commercial payers and Medicare have allowed physical therapist services to be delivered via telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The physical therapy profession has much to contribute to the health of society.

APTA urges Congress and the Administration to:

  • Improve patient outcomes by eliminating barriers to health care services
  • Enact policies that empower all people regardless of where they are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age to live healthy and independent lives
  • Improve patient outcomes and patient satisfaction by improving health services delivery.
  • Prioritize research and clinical innovation to advance the science, effectiveness, and efficacy of physical therapist evaluation and management to optimize patient health, well-being, and recovery.

Contact APTA NH Board Member, Tracie Adams

 

 

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