APTA's sponsorship and participation in the eighth annual NCSL "Walk for Wellness" and the APTA physical therapy information booth were prominent features at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit last week, where the association was again a leading exhibitor.
Also at this year's event in Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center, conference attendees took the "PT Challenge" at the APTA booth—they answered quiz questions on direct access, protection for the term "physical therapy," and the detrimental effect of high patient copays for physical therapist services. Winners were eligible for a drawing for a Kindle Fire. This and other activities drew numerous state lawmakers from across the country to the APTA booth, where APTA State Government Affairs staff and Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) volunteers educated them about direct access to physical therapist services, term protection for physical therapy, copays, infringement concerns, payment challenges, and other issues important to the physical therapy profession at the state level. See highlights from this year's event.
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