Friday, February 17, 2017 Federal Advocacy Forum Coming Just in Time; Registration Open Through February 24 Talk about timing: APTA's 2017 Federal Advocacy Forum, set for March 26-28, will bring physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) together in Washington, DC, just as bills close to the heart of the physical therapy profession emerge on Capitol Hill—including a repeal of the Medicare therapy cap, and better Medicare coverage for lymphedema supplies. And there's still time to get in on the action, but hurry, because the registration deadline is February 24. As in previous years, the Forum will allow attendees to get the very latest on regulatory and legislative issues affecting the physical therapy profession, to hear from decision-makers on Capitol Hill, and to get tips on how to effectively communicate with elected officials. Then, participants will be offered the opportunity to apply what they've learned by making in-person visits to Senate and House offices. The Forum takes place not long after 2 important bills were introduced in Congress: 1 proposal that would permanently repeal the therapy cap on Medicare beneficiaries receiving PT services, and another piece of legislation that would extend Medicare coverage to supplies used in the treatment of lymphedema. Both bills are consistent with APTA's most recent public policy priorities. Other activities at the Forum include an evening reception, awards presentations, and breakout sessions on state and federal advocacy, regulatory affairs, and student action. Guest speakers include Brad Fitch, president and chief executive officer of the Congressional Management Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works with legislators and their staff on management issues and techniques.