NHAPTA Chief Delegate Report

May 2019 Chief Delegate Report


The work to prepare the New Hampshire delegation to the House of Delegates (HOD), made up of a Chief Delegate and one additional Delegate, is well underway!  Thankfully, we also have the support of an alternate delegate and PTA Caucus representative. This year the HOD will consider 70 motions and elect an APTA Board Secretary, an HOD Vice Speaker, 3 members of the APTA Board of Directors and two members to the Nominating Committee.

As with 2018, many of this year’s motions are updates to current positions for contemporizing language, due to work of a Special Committee to the HOD who was charged to review all House documents. For example this year we have

  • PT for Older Adults
  • PT in Hospice Care
  • Role of PT in safe patient handling
  • Position on Telehealth
  • Student PT & PTA services as it relates to supervision

In addition, there are some important issues that we are reviewing positions and language on/about:

  • Wound Management as an area of specialization is being proposed!
  • Should the APTA provide online resources to assist members serving patients, clients & consumers with Limited English Proficiency?
  • Should the APTA provide resources to educate members on the effects of clinical applications, methods of delivery and current best evidence, related to use of cannabis or cannabis-based products for health related conditions?
  • Should the APTA pursue PT inclusion in Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visits and/or Initial Preventive Physical Examination?
    • Currently, he Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is a yearly appointment with a primary care provider to create or update a personalized prevention plan.
    • While Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE) is an introduction to Medicare and covered benefits and focuses on health promotion and disease prevention and detection to help beneficiaries stay well. Currently, Medicare covers an IPPE when performed by a physician (doctor of medicine or osteopathy) or qualified non-physician practitioner (a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or certified clinical nurse specialist).
  • Should the APTA adopt an updated/contemporized position on research?
  • Should the APTA support PT services (clinics, etc.) having naloxone accessible to be administered if needed?
  • Should the APTA support the CDC recommendations for vaccinations?
  • Should the APTA support improving health literacy as a means to achieve a just and inclusive society?
  • Should the APTA support public policies, including study by the CDC that advance a public health approach to reduce and prevent firearms-related injuries & deaths?
  • Should the APTA combine & revise the Core Values for the PT with the Values-Based Behaviors of the PTA?
    • “The core values for the physical therapy profession guide the behaviors of physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) to provide the highest quality of physical therapist services. These values imbue the scope of PT and PTA activities. The core values retain the PT as the person ultimately responsible for providing safe, accessible, cost‐effective, and evidence‐based services; and the PTA as the only individual who assists the PT in practice, working under the direction and supervision of the PT.”
  • Should the APTA define the movement system as “the collection of systems (cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, integumentary, nervous, and musculoskeletal) that interact to move the body or its component parts.”
    • If so, it would read the physical therapy profession promotes the movement system as the foundation for optimizing movement to improve the health of society. The movement system represents the collection of systems (cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, integumentary, nervous, and musculoskeletal) that interact to move the body or its component parts.
  • Should the APTA adopt this statement?
    • The American Physical Therapy Association responds to and acts upon health and social issues that are consistent with its vision and mission.

 You’re invited to review a snapshot of these motions to come before the HOD by watching our Caucus presentation on our website! 

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions!


Ami Faria, PT, DPT

Chief Delegate of NH


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