The US health care system must meet the "triple aim" of improving population health, improving patients' experience of care, and lowering costs. APTA is committed to public policy that promotes evidence-based, patient-centered care and improves individual and population health. APTA believes that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants—by nature of the individualized, cost-effective, evidence-based services they provide to keep people healthy, fit, and mobile—are central to this important effort.
APTA establishes its public policy priorities every 2 years in conjunction with each new session of the US Congress. Priorities are determined through member input and then review by APTA's Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPAC), followed by review and approval by APTA's Board of Directors.
Download Transforming Health Care: The Public Policy Priorities of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2017-2018 (.pdf).
This document, aimed at federal policymakers and their staff, provides a brief overview of APTA's public policy priorities: The challenges and policy solutions to help meet the triple aim of health care. Please note that this document does not represent the full scope of APTA's ongoing policy initiatives and advocacy efforts. Please feel free to share this document with policymakers, patients, and colleagues. APTA stands ready to work with policymakers to advance policies that are fiscally responsible, promote the value of physical therapist services, and ensure the accessibility to and availability of health care to all who need it.