A new APTA position passed last week by the House of Delegates will help support physical therapists practicing under new health care delivery and payment systems. Aimed at meeting the needs of patients and clients, the position recognizes that the physical therapist is responsible for the direction of physical therapy service and provides physical therapy service, or directs and supervises physical therapy interventions provided by appropriate support personnel.
This position will take effect July 1, 2012, following a thorough, collaborative investigation of models of service delivery, beyond the current model in which the PT and the PTA are the only providers of physical therapy and are assisted by the PT aide. This investigation will be conducted by a Task Force consisting of members of the 2011 House, members of the Board of Directors, appropriate chapter and section representatives, other experts, and APTA staff and will also address any associated changes in current APTA positions. [RC 3-11, RC 4-11-RC 12-11]