Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) should be able to provide services when they volunteer to go to, or are displaced from, areas of declared disaster or emergency, the House of Delegates said last week. To that end, the House voted to support a temporary exemption to state licensure for: (1) PTs or PTAs who are licensed in one US jurisdiction and enter another to provide services during a declared local, state, or national disaster or emergency; or (2) PTs or PTAs who are forced to leave their jurisdictions during disasters or emergencies and want to continue providing services elsewhere. APTA calls on state chapters and regulatory boards to include such language in their state practice acts and to review emergency management plans to ensure continuity in the event of a disaster or emergency.[RC 25-11]
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