Monday, October 01, 2012 Registration Open for 2012 APTA State Policy and Payment Forum Registration for the 2012 APTA State Policy and Payment Forum now is open. This year's event will take place December 1-3 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia. The State Policy and Payment Forum is designed to increase your involvement in and knowledge of state legislative and payment issues that have an impact on the practice of physical therapy and improve your advocacy efforts at the state level. You will hear from influential public policymakers and other physical therapy advocates, collaborate with colleagues in developing your chapter or section's advocacy efforts, and network with other professionals from across the country. Programming this year will include presentations on physical therapy copay legislation, term protection for physical therapy, emerging scope of practice issues, silent preferred provider organizations (PPOs), health information technology (HIT), Medicaid, state health exchanges, and much more. Some programming highlights for this year's forum include: a case study on the West Virginia Chapter's efforts to pass fair physical therapist (PT) copay legislation practice and payment strategies for direct access term protection for physical therapy emerging areas of scope of practice in physical therapy APTA's Alternative Payment System project implementation of health care reform in the states This event is open to APTA members only. Registration is $140 for PTs and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and $90 for students. Virginia Chapter members get a special discounted rate of $100 for PTs and PTAs, and $50 for students. Registration closes November 9. Registration will not be available onsite, so be sure to register by the deadline. Additional information is available at www.apta.org/stateforum.