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  • Therapy Cap Repeal in Sight, But More Grassroots Action Needed

    A full repeal of the Medicare therapy cap could become part of congressional discussions on the sustainable growth rate (SGR)—but your voice is needed now to ensure that the repeal remains a priority on Capitol Hill.

    APTA has been meeting with the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees to urge members to include a full repeal of the Medicare therapy cap in the SGR reform package currently under discussion. With less than 30 days until the expiration of the therapy cap exceptions process, grassroots involvement is more important than ever.

    There are several easy ways to take action right away:

    • E-mail your legislators. Use the Legislative Action Center or Patient Action Center to tell your members of Congress that the Medicare therapy cap must be addressed in order to ensure access to outpatient therapy services in 2014.
    • Use the power of social media. Visit the Medicare therapy cap grassroots webpage to download the Stop the Therapy Cap logo, and change your profile pictures on Twitter and Facebook. Then tweet your legislators or share APTA’s Stop the Therapy Cap messages to help promote awareness. Be sure to encourage your colleagues, patients, friends and family members to get involved too.
    • Take action from your smart phone. Download the free APTA Action app (available at both Apple and Google Play app stores) to find your legislator’s Facebook page and Twitter profile, and let your voice be heard.

    Legislators only have until December 31 to permanently repeal the cap or extend the exceptions process.

    Physical Therapist Paris Begins His Bid to Sail Solo Around the Globe

    Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, would tell you that physical therapists (PTs) are a diverse, multitalented group of professionals, but you'd have to catch him first—or at least wait until he returns from his attempt to become the oldest and fastest person to sail around the world solo.

    Paris, 76, began his attempt on December 2, and will attempt to complete the circumnavigation in 120 days. If successful, he will beat the current speed record by 1 month and the current age record by 22 years. Paris is also leveraging his attempt as a way to raise funds for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, where he serves on the Board of Trustees.

    The trip is being made on Paris's 63-foot yacht, the Kiwi Spirit, a craft that runs solely on wind and solar energy. Paris will document his journey and post videos and other information on his website, www.stanleyparis.com.

    Paris is a widely known PT who founded the University of St. Augustine (Florida) for Health Sciences. He has written more than 40 research articles and 1 textbook, The Spinal Lesion.

    Help Stanley Paris bring more attention to the need for research in physical therapy: find out how to donate in honor of the sail and how your name can be added to the hull of the Kiwi Spirit upon her return. Visit www.foundation4pt.org for details.