2016 Federal Advocacy Forum
The 2016 Federal Advocacy Forum will take place April 3-5 in Washington, DC, at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC.
Your participation in our advocacy initiatives is important! We must keep the issues that impact physical therapists and patients a priority for Congress.
Be a part of this important time in physical therapy's history. You can make a difference in the future of your profession. Bring your voice to Capitol Hill and advocate for your profession.
Rates and Registration
Component Executives: $100
PT-PAC Eagles: Free
Component Lobbyists: Contact Ken Sprague to register.
Online Registration | Download registration form (.pdf)
Registration Deadline: March 18, 2016
Housing is now open. Reserve your room by March 11, 2016, to take advantage of special rates offered to Federal Advocacy Forum Attendees. View travel and housing information.
CEUs are pending. In order to claim CEU credit, you must attend the live event and complete the online post-test with at least 70% accuracy.
Highlights from 2015's PT Day on Capitol Hill
Thank you to the 1,000+ physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students who rallied on Capitol Hill and fanned out across the halls of Congress for more than 400 scheduled visits for PT Day on Capitol Hill (June 4, 2015).
Check out highlights via Storify, read coverage from PT in Motion News, and watch the videos below.
Highlights from PT Day on Capitol Hill
Student Advocates Can Make a Difference
Video Dispatch From Capitol Hill
Federal Advocacy Forum: Tentative Agenda
Sunday, April 3
|4:00 pm-7:00 pm
|4:30 pm-6:30 pm
||General Regulatory Update
|7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Monday, April 4
|7:00 am-8:00 am
|8:00 am–8:30 am
|8:30 am–9:30 am
How to Build Relationships Back Home
Brad Fitch from the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) will be discussing best strategies for spending "quality time" with your members of Congress back home.
This session will include topics like: who do lawmakers listen to and why; what are the most effective tactics and strategies to use in the district or state; how to build long-term relationships with lawmakers and their staff; and what are the best opportunities for setting up meetings and events back home.
|9:30 am–9:45 am
|9:45 am–10:45 am
||Breakout Session 1
Perceptions of Citizen Advocacy on Capitol Hill - Brad Fitch will discuss how Congressional offices use various forms of communications and advocacy strategies to understand constituent opinion. The presentation includes recent findings of CMF surveys.
Alternative Payment Models - APTA's regulatory affairs department will discuss Comprehensive Joint Replacement (CJR) and other Alternative Payment Models (Apms) and how physical therapists will fit in to this changing health care landscape.
Student Advocacy Session- This session is designed to introduce students to the advocacy basics and give them the tools they need to get involved in their home districts.
|10:45 am–11:00 am
|11:00 am–12:00 pm
||Breakout Session 2
The Importance of Utilizing Social Media in Advocacy- APTA staff will discuss the importance of utilizing platforms such as twitter and Facebook in advocating on behalf of APTA issues.
Alternative Payment Models- APTA's regulatory affairs department will discuss Comprehensive Joint Replacement (CJR) and other Alternative Payment Models (Apms) and how physical therapists will fit in to this changing health care landscape.
|12:00 pm–12:15 pm
|12:15 pm–1:45 pm
||Lunch and Keynote Speaker (Robert Blizzard, Partner at Public Opinion Strategies)
|1:45 pm–2:15 pm
||Federal Regulatory Agency Speaker
|2:15 pm–2:30 pm
|2:30 pm–4:00 pm
Mandatory Hill Visit Prep Session
Attendees will learn the basics of lobbying on Capitol Hill, logistics for Tuesday's Hill day and the specifics of the issues. This session is mandatory for all individuals planning on going to Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
|4:15 pm–5:00 pm
|4:00 pm–4:15 pm
Hill Visit Breakout Sessions
Continue your Hill day prep by breaking out into your state delegations and reviewing the roles of each individual in the group. A designee from each state will lead the discussion and APTA staff members will be available to assist with questions.
|8:00 pm–11:00 pm
||PT-PAC Event (location yet to be determined)
Tuesday, April 5
|7:00 am–8:30 am
||Breakfast, Awards Presentation and Congressional Speaker
|9:00 am–12:00 pm
||Senate Office Visits
|12:00 pm–4:00 pm
||House Office Visits
|10:00 am–5:00 pm
||Hill Visit Debriefing Center