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  • Bill Protecting PTs Traveling With Sports Teams Back in Senate, Already Approved in House

    A bill that helps to protect physical therapists (PTs) and other health care providers who travel across state lines with sports teams has been reintroduced in the Senate. Earlier this year, the US House of Representatives passed its version of the same bill.

    Known as the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (S. 808) the legislation aims to provide added legal protections for sports medicine professionals when they're traveling with professional, high school, college, or national sports teams by extending the provider's "home state" professional liability insurance to any other state the team may visit. Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reintroduced the bill.

    When originally introduced, the bill's coverage was restricted to only physicians and athletic trainers. Advocacy staff at APTA worked closely with legislators and staff to add PTs to the list. In 2016, the bill, with language including PTs, was reintroduced in both chambers where it passed in the House but was not taken up by the Senate.

    "This bill is crucial for ensuring success and safeguarding the health and well-being of athletes," said APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, in a Senate press release. "Whether it's the management of a concussion or a simple sprain, we appreciate Sen Klobuchar and the bill's cosponsors for tackling this issue that impacts athletes, physical therapists, and the rest of the players and providers who are part of the team." Dunn is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy.

    APTA recommends that members visit the association's Legislative Action Center to find out how to contact their legislators about the bill.


    • Yes, this is appropriate and necessary. But, its barely the tip of the iceberg. The bigger question is, "should the health support system need to travel with the team?" Those who travel are only part of the team's health support system... ultimately, the big question is can a person (traveling athlete, retired snowbird senior, or parents on a family vacation") access their personal, trusted and established health advisers and providers across state lines... think TELEHEALTH. Related, is the archaic patchwork of state licensing boards instead of NATIONAL LICENSURE. Consider the proposed legislation to be tiny first step. - Bob Wiersma

      Posted by Robert Wiersma -> COS]< on 4/5/2017 4:59 PM

    • I see Telehealth beeing a piece of gold for many therapist however looks like most of them are the ones which never place their hands on the patient. Management of sprain ankle through video conference.....please think twice.

      Posted by robert on 4/26/2017 10:20 PM

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