2013 Federal Advocacy Forum Highlights

The 2013 Federal Advocacy Forum, held April 14-16, drew more than 250 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy to Washington, DC. Attendees learned firsthand how to effectively lobby members of Congress on issues that the profession is facing. Topics discussed at this year's forum included the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (HR 713/S 367), the Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act (HR 1252/S 602), and the inclusion of the Medicare therapy cap repeal and delayed implementation of the multiple procedure payment reduction policy in any sustainable growth rate reform package. Here is a glimpse of what happened:

Video Dispatches from the 2013 Forum


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APTA Vice President, Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS, welcomes everyone to the 2013 Federal Advocacy Forum.

APTA members prepare for their Hill visits during the mandatory Hill prep session on Monday.

APTA members mingle before their next session begins at the 2013 Federal Advocacy Forum.

Congressman Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) discusses sustainable growth rate (SGR) reform and gives APTA members tips for their Hill meetings.

Congressman Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) poses with the Texas delegation at the Federal Advocacy Forum.

APTA President, Paul Rockar, Jr, PT, DPT, MS, and Drew Bossen, PT, MBA, presented the 2013 Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award to John Lockard, PT, OCS.

APTA President Paul Rockar, Jr, PT, DPT, MS, recognizes APTA member, Michael Klonowski, PT, DPT, PCS, for his work with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL).

APTA Vice President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS, and Maryland members, Kurt Van Der Schalie, PT, DPT, OCS, Kathaleen Brady, PT, NCS, and Emily Taylor, SPT, present the 2013 Public Service Award to Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).

The Alaska delegation, Laura McDonough, PT, and Pat McAdoo, PT, Med. pose for a picture with Congressman Don Young (R-AK) after a productive meeting.

Texas Delegation, Bud Langham, PT, MBA, COS-O, Aaron Cantu, SPT, and Nikesh Patel, PT, DPT, CSCS, CCP, members meet with Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) to discuss APTA priorities.

P.J. Phelps meets with her House Representative, Congressman Doug Collins.

Congressman Todd Young (R-IN) and APTA member, Keith Groppel, PT, MSPT, OCS, shake hands after their meeting.

Massachusetts members, James Giebfried, PT, DPT, MBA, MA, CPH,  Stephanie Irwin, SPT, Arlette Frederick, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, Nancy Roberge, PT, DPT, Med, and Martha Garlick, PT, MS, DPT, CCS,  meet with Congressman Joseph Kennedy, III (D-MA) during the Federal Advocacy Forum.

APTA members returned to the debriefing center at the Liaison Hotel to write their thank you notes and fill out their Hill visit report forms.

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