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  • State Policy and Payment Forum Delivers On-Target Advocacy Information

    This year's State Policy and Payment Forum in Seattle, Washington, once again informed and recharged physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students from across the country to help them continue to advocate for the physical therapy profession at the state level.

    Cohosted by APTA and the Washington Chapter, the 2014 forum gave more than 200 attendees the opportunity to learn from influential public policy makers and other physical therapy advocates, collaborate with colleagues in developing and improving their components' state advocacy efforts, and network with other professionals. Topics included fair physical therapy copay legislation, a debate on the merits of “any willing provider” legislation, issues surrounding network adequacy, emerging scope of practice issues, PTs' ordering of x-rays and imaging studies, dry needling, state licensure issues, and more.

    The forum's luncheon keynote speaker was Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, a senior fellow and director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the Brookings Institution. A former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, McClellan focuses his current work on promoting quality and value in patient-centered health care.

    Be sure to check out the Storify with video highlights from this year’s APTA State Policy Forum. And don't miss next year's event scheduled for September 12-14, 2015, in Denver, Colorado.

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