As further evidence that the physical therapy profession is moving away from an internal focus and looking out toward the needs of health care consumers and society, APTA has resolved to focus advocacy efforts on demonstrating to society the value of physical therapist (PT) participation in the health care system and on achieving access for consumers to necessary PT services. At the same time, the association rescinded a House of Delegates policy calling for attainment of "physician status" under Medicare (HOD P06-05-16-08). Because of drawbacks to pursuing "physician status" APTA noted that efforts were better directed toward the goals of the new resolution, Public Policy Efforts to Improve Consumer Access to Physical Therapists.
Under this resolution, the association can pursue multiple strategies to improve access to physical therapist services and take any statutory opportunities that present in the current and evolving environment. [RC 19-13, RC 20-13]
Draft language adopted by the 2013 House of Delegates will be available on the House Community no later than July 12. Final language for all actions taken by the June 2013 House will be available by September after the minutes have been approved.
See more results of the 2013 House of Delegates by following this link, or click on July 9 from the News Now calendar.
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