Advocacy

ADVOCACY AFFAIRS – March 2021

 

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.  Search "APTA Advocacy" in your Apple or Google app stores.
                                      

Federal Affairs Update

Now available: APTA's Public Policy Priorities, 2021-2022, a document that establishes a roadmap for the association's advocacy efforts during the 117th U.S. Congress, which convened in January.

Four Major Areas of Focus:

  • patient access and care
  • population health and social determinants of health
  • value-based care and practice
  • research and clinical innovation


Want to learn more? Check out this 22-minute video from Katy Neas, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, and Justin Elliott, Vice President, Government Affairs on the 2021-2022 Public Policy Priorities.

Contact our Federal Affairs Liaison, Amanda Packard 

State Affairs Update

2021 Top Priority:  Protection of Telehealth Parity Law  

The APTA NH Legislative Committee is closely monitoring current House and Senate Bills for potential impact on patient access and on our profession. 

Here are three on our radar:

  • HB94 - Relative to Licensure Renewal Dates for Certain Governing Boards under the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification. This bill would change the date of license renewal to the month when a therapist was first licensed in NH.
  • HB247 – Relative to Treatment Alternatives to Opioids. This bill seeks to direct health care practitioners to refer patients for non-opioid treatment alternatives (including physical therapy) prior to prescribing opioids for the management of pain, based upon clinical judgment and availability of the treatment.
  • HB602 – Relative to Telemedicine.  This bill would allow insurance reimbursement for telehealth services to be no greater than that the total amount allowed for health care services provided in person.  Currently the law states explicitly that reimbursement is the same as in-person care.

For more information on these and other pending bills, go to www.nh.gov 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.

Contact our State Legislative Committee contact, Mark Mailloux 

 

APTA House of Delegates

Did You Know?

All of the discussions the delegates from around the country are having about potential motions, motion drafts, and the House of Delegates happenings are available to you?

Log into your APTA.org account at www.apta.org and navigate to APTA and You. Find the APTA Hub (Online Communities) link and in the "Communities" dropdown select House of Delegates.  Here you will be able to read all about what is going on, however unless you are registered as a delegate, you cannot enter comments/responses. See something you would like to engage with?

Contact our Chief Delegate, Ami Faria 

 

APTA National Advocacy Highlight

The APTA is advocating for the continued use of telehealth by PTs and PTAs. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 revealed just how effective telehealth can be in the delivery of physical therapy services. You can follow the latest updates and related articles at https://www.apta.org/advocacy/issues/telehealth

Contact APTA NH Board Member, Tracie Adams 

 

 

 

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