More than 250 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students who participated in this year's Federal Advocacy Forum, held April 22-24 in Washington, DC, met with members of Congress from all 50 states to discuss the repeal of the therapy cap, the physical therapist's role in managing patients with traumatic brain injury, and student loan repayment.
On Monday, an interactive town hall session that featured APTA health quality and financing staff informed attendees about regulatory hot topics such as therapy cap implementation, payment, quality, and accountable care organizations. Forum participants also attended a session on direct access and received updates on APTA's legislative and regulatory activities.
APTA presented Sen Susan Collins (R-ME) with this year’s Public Service Award for her work on therapy cap repeal and access to physical therapy for military members and veterans. APTA member Eva Norman, PT, DPT, was awarded the 2012 Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award for her continued leadership and dedication to APTA's federal legislative issues.
This year's Federal Advocacy Forum was held in conjunction with APTA's Leadership Forum, which included APTA's Board of Directors meeting and Leadership Symposium.