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  • Bill That Adds Protections for PTs Traveling With Sports Teams Moves in House

    A bipartisan bill that helps to protect physical therapists (PTs) and other health care providers who travel across state lines with sports teams is on its way to the floor of the US House of Representatives.

    The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (HR 921/S 689) aims to provide added legal protections for sports medicine professionals when they're traveling with professional, college, or national sports teams by extending the provider's "home state" malpractice and professional liability insurance to any other state the team may visit. This week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill for full House consideration.

    Originally, the bill's coverage was restricted to only physicians and athletic trainers. Advocacy staff at APTA worked closely with the office of sponsor Rep Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and ECC subcommittee staff to get PTs added to the list. The bill also opens the possibility of coverage for physical therapist assistants who are under the direct supervision of a PT.

    In addition to Guthrie, cosponsors include Rep Cedric Richmond (D-LA) in the House, and Sens John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in the Senate.

    Comments

    • This is awesome AND only one small example with a large impact why membership is so important! THANK YOU!

      Posted by Stephen McDavitt on 7/17/2016 7:41 AM

    • Would this extend to touring dance companies and theater shows?

      Posted by Leigh Roberts on 7/20/2016 9:09 PM

    • This is a small step in the right direction. The state-by-state licensing needs to be re-examined. We need to be able to practice in bordering states, and also consult across the country using that new "internet" thing.

      Posted by Matt on 7/21/2016 2:31 PM

    • Hoping to see this pass through with final signing! Great job APTA!

      Posted by Michael Brickens on 7/24/2016 7:09 AM

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