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  • Call for Nominees to the FSBPT Examination Committees

    APTA is asking physical therapist members to consider serving on a Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) examination committee. Under the 1989 Transfer Agreement of the physical therapy licensing examination and a more recent settlement agreement, APTA is entitled to seat candidates for at least 40% of the positions on the FSBPT Examination Development Committees. This year APTA will be providing 2 nominees for the Examination Development Committee-PT (EDC-PT), 1 nominee for the Examination Development Committee-PTA (EDC-PTA), and 1 nominee for the Item Bank Review Committee-PT (IBRC-PT) .

    APTA nominees to all committees will be physical therapists and active APTA members. Experience as National Physical Therapy Examinations (NPTE) item writers or American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) writers is desired but not required. For the EDC-PT, nominees must have expertise in neuromuscular, pediatric, cardiovascular/pulmonary, or integumentary physical therapy; for the EDC-PTA, nominees must have expertise in neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, or musculoskeletal physical therapy; and for the IBRC-PT, nominees must have expertise in acute care, integumentary, or neuromuscular physical therapy. Learn more.

    To submit for nomination, complete and submit a Volunteer Application (.doc) and a current résumé/CV by Friday July 26, to Kim Wallace in APTA's Department of Clinical Practice and Research.

    Address any questions you have to Lisa L. Culver, PT, DPT, MBA, in the Department of Clinical Practice and Research.

    HHS Launches Health Insurance Marketplace Educational Tools

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has relaunched the HealthCare.gov website and added a 24/7 consumer call center to better help US consumers prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for private health insurance. The new tools are intended to help Americans understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits their needs when open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as insurance exchanges) begins October 1.

    HealthCare.gov will add functionality over the summer so that by October consumers will be able to create accounts, complete an online application, and shop for qualified health plans. Key features of the website include integration of social media, sharable content, and engagement destinations for consumers to get more information. The site also will include web chatting to support additional consumer inquiries.

    For Spanish speaking consumers, CuidadoDeSalud.gov will also be updated to match HealthCare.gov’s new consumer focus.