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  • Oregon First State to Sign On to PT, PTA Licensure Compact

    Oregon has made physical therapy history by becoming the first state to join the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC), a system that aims to make it possible for physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) to practice in multiple states through a single license and privilege.

    The legislation, signed into law by Gov Kate Brown, adopts standard language allowing Oregon to participate in a system in which a PT or PTA with a valid, unencumbered license in one participating state may practice in any other participating state. Qualified PTs and PTAs would be able to choose any or all participating compact states to gain practice privileges, but would only need to maintain licensure in their "home" state.

    The push for adoption of the PTLC among states is being led by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and APTA, working with state APTA chapters, state regulatory boards, and supporters of increased licensure portability. That effort officially launched earlier this year.

    Though decidedly good news, Oregon's adoption of the PTLC is only a first step: to become operational the system must have at least 10 participating states. In a recent article on the PTLC in PT in Motion magazine, APTA Vice President of Government Affairs Justin Elliott said that states should consider moving on the issue soon. "The creation of a compact for PTs and PTAs is truly going to transform the state licensure process," Elliott said, "all while maintaining and even improving the level of public protection in the compact states."

    "The federation is thrilled Oregon was the first state to enact the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact," said FSBPT President Maggie Donohue, PT. "This is a demonstration of how APTA, the FSBPT, the Oregon Chapter, and the Oregon Physical Therapy Licensing Board can work together to benefit the health care consumer. We trust Oregon is the model for continued collaboration and advancement of patient access to physical therapy services."

    Like Donohoe, APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS, hopes that Oregon's decision will pave the way for other states.

    "The PTLC is a common-sense solution to provide greater licensure portability and increased patient access, and to facilitate the use of telehealth." Dunn said. "We applaud the state of Oregon for being the first to enact the compact legislation and look forward to more states joining in the near future."


    • Makes sense. Hope all states follow. Go Oregon! Im a PTA and paid for a license in four states at one time. Fees got to expensive so I had to drop 2.

      Posted by Amy Szymanski -> @JR]<I on 3/8/2016 7:51 PM

    • Way to go, OPTA and a big shout out to our Government Affairs Committee!

      Posted by Christina Howard on 3/8/2016 9:08 PM

    • This is good news forPT and Pta and consumer will get benefit out of it,particularly in rural areas.its pave the way for further expansion of PT profession.

      Posted by Abdul Majeed on 3/9/2016 3:19 PM

    • It is about TIME!! This is absolutely AWESOME NEWS!!

      Posted by Sunday Homitz, LPT on 3/9/2016 3:45 PM

    • Congratulations Oregon for taking the leap. I know that it is not without hardwork and the determination of many people not only in your chapter but in the FSBPT and APTA. From those of us who have moved from state to state due to work and family commitments, we thank you for moving forward!

      Posted by Kylie Rowe -> =GUb?N on 3/9/2016 3:49 PM

    • Congratulations Oregon, to be the first one. This is a great news for the profession. The world is much smaller than it used to be, themes ways of practicing are tele health, outcomes based Reforms and many other value based programs rolling out. This step will give much needed portability to the fine professionals to bring their talent across the state borders. Ha Maintaining personally two state license and going through the troubles of reciprocating from one state to another, I can personally relate to this topic.... Yay..kudos to APTA, FSBPT and Oregon! Sejal Shah

      Posted by Sejal v Shah on 3/9/2016 3:54 PM

    • This is great! Makes Traveling PT and PTA so much more affordable and less cumbersome! Hopefully more states get on board with this! Thanks, Oregon!

      Posted by Patrick Thibodeau on 3/9/2016 4:11 PM

    • Bravo! It is indeed long overdue for CMS to provide clarification of this issue. For many of us who provide services to Medicare clients, the chance to provide skilled maintenance will mean fewer instances of functional losses after discharge. We may have the oportunity to prevent falls, bedrest and hospital observations/admissions/readmissions. I am proud to be a part of APTA, as always, and to support the efforts to care for everyone properly.

      Posted by Barbara Melinek on 3/9/2016 4:49 PM

    • Congratulations Oregon! Hoping other states will follow.

      Posted by Anonymous_PT on 3/9/2016 5:31 PM

    • That is a positive step and I hope California adopts it also.

      Posted by Ellen Colley on 3/9/2016 6:10 PM

    • I believe the PTLC will have a positive impact on PT/PTA shortage in many states, such as in the State of Montana. I have to agree with Amy, maintaining multiple licenses is expensive, the PTLC will be helpful in the future for interim PT/PTA's to continue to meet the needs in rural US.

      Posted by Honani Polequaptewa on 3/9/2016 7:09 PM

    • This is really good news!! Where does the state of Florida stand on this legislation?

      Posted by Ane' Conradie on 3/9/2016 7:31 PM

    • This is so exciting. I've been saying to my spouse for years this is how the PT profession should operate. Go Oregon!!!

      Posted by Terri on 3/9/2016 8:22 PM

    • Thanks Oregon & Governor Brown for signing into law PTLC! I hope the other states follow your lead in the near future. A win-win for the patient!

      Posted by Lisa Zemaitis on 3/9/2016 10:16 PM

    • Great job Oregon. I just transferred my license from CA to MI. Took 2 months to complete. Lots of hoops to jump through. This makes a lot of sense.

      Posted by Cyndi Schieber on 3/10/2016 1:08 PM

    • About time!! Wow, as a traveler, I never thought I would see the day...

      Posted by Jason Miller on 3/10/2016 1:55 PM

    • This is such great news! Will there be a movement to adopt nationwide/universal practice acts also?

      Posted by Donna Solomon on 3/11/2016 10:29 AM

    • Bravo Oregon! I have been working as a PTA in New York for 24 yrs and I never thought I would live to witness the PTLC System. With God prayer, I truly hope that other states will follow. Thank You and lots of Love!

      Posted by Centia Faucher on 3/14/2016 4:38 PM

    • As a long term member of the Oregon PT Government Affairs Committee I want everyone to know that this was not a slam dunk but took a lot of work and negotiation to get language that was supported by all. Thanks to our lobbyist Inga Deckert, we were able to get it done!

      Posted by Ricci Susick on 3/19/2016 5:23 PM

    • This is great and much needed. I am a traveler and this would make it so much easier! Thanks to all those labored on this and hope more states will follow!

      Posted by Katherine Yotter on 3/22/2016 8:45 PM

    • Great news from OR! The PTLC system would allow PT/PTA's to work across the nation with ease, better serving a broader range of patients. Let's bring more states on board!

      Posted by Marit Knudsen on 3/29/2016 11:45 AM

    • All foolishness. My driver's license, marriage license, divorce decree, and a host of other public processes are all valid in every state. My professional license should be as well. The present system is only meant to insure continued bureaucracy to insure the state(s) get a "piece of the action" and to restrict trade. Great work. But should be unnecessary, given today's technology and communications ability between and among the states. If someone's license is under some limitation, it's a few clicks to find out. If they maintain one license, in one state, it's going to be much easier to find out. If they've got ten licenses in ten states, and they have a limited license in one. Whose to say they've told the boards in other states about that?

      Posted by Leon A. Richard on 4/1/2016 3:39 PM

    • This is fantastic! I hope that Mississippi & Tennessee jump on this soon. I live on the border & maintain two licenses since my company has clinics in both states. This is expensive! How wonderful it would be to be able to participate in the PTLC!

      Posted by A. Thomas on 4/30/2016 9:38 AM

    • Thank you, Oregon and the FSBPT for making the MUCH NEEDED move into mobile healthcare. Bravo! I eagerly await national recognition.

      Posted by Heather on 5/15/2016 2:21 PM

    • About time! This makes complete sense, and should have been implemented a while back. Makes sense to recognise standardised PT education, and then require PT/ PTAs to become well versed with State regulations for Physical Therapy. Has this progressed farther since last year? Hopefully this will also address the issue of foreign trained therapists, who have received post grad degrees in PT in States and worked a certain length of time (time which is fair to the initial State for obvious economic reasons), having to redo the credits evaluation and application for US PT license all over again when they have to relocate to another State. This is absurd - specially when some of us have 10-20 yrs of experience in PT, including management and leadership.

      Posted by Ashok on 2/17/2017 3:24 PM

    • I have four licenses and it's just too expensive to apply to new states and keep them renewed. California alone was a huge hassle and costed over 400 bucks!

      Posted by Lane Briggs on 6/29/2018 9:44 PM

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