2010 State Government Affairs Forum Highlights

More than 150 PT, PTA, and physical therapy student advocates from across the country attended the APTA State Government Affairs Forum September 26-28, 2010, in Portland, OR, making it the largest APTA state forum ever. This event, co-hosted with the Oregon Chapter, was designed to increase participants' involvement in and knowledge of state policy issues that have an impact on the practice of physical therapy, and improve their advocacy efforts at the state level. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from influential public policy makers and other PT advocates; to collaborate with colleagues in developing and improving their components' advocacy efforts; and to network with other professionals from across the country.

This year's forum featured a variety of informational and strategy sessions on topics including health care reform, referral for profit (POPTS), infringement issues, term protection, and payment issues. Forum attendees also received an update on APTA and the Coalition for Patients Rights' response to the current American Medical Association's Scope of Practice Partnership (SOPP) and its data series on a variety professions, including physical therapy. The AMA's SOPP is advocating to restrict the scope of practice of non-physicians at the state level.

In addition, the 2010 APTA State Legislative Awards were presented in conjunction with this year's forum. For their individual leadership on legislation advancing Vision 2020 in the state arena, the 2010 State Legislative Leadership Award was presented to to J. Eric Shaw, PT, Cert MDT, of West Virginia, and Michael Shoemaker, PT, DPT, GCS, of Michigan. Eric was recognized for his work on the successful enactment of the new PT Practice Act in West Virginia earlier this year, while Michael was recognized for his work on the passage of PTA licensure legislation in Michigan.

In recognition of their long-term commitment to their chapters' state legislative activities over several years and for consistently providing assistance in the statehouse, the 2010 State Legislative Commitment Award was presented to Elaine Armantrout, PT, DSc, ECS, of Washington, and Jim Dagostino, PT, of California. Both Elaine and Jim have been active with their chapters' state legislative efforts for many years and on a variety of vital issues. APTA Board member Kevin Hulsey, PT, DPT, presented the awards at a reception in honor of this year's winners.

The 2011 State Government Affairs Forum is scheduled for September 26-28, 2011, in Austin, TX, and will be combined with the 2011 APTA Reimbursement Chairs meeting.

   

Vice President of APTA Government Affairs & Payment Advocacy Justin Moore, PT, DPT, provides attendees with an update on health care reform and its potential impact on the physical therapy profession.

Craig Johnson, PT, of Minnesota provides his perspective.

   

Vic Vaughan, PT, DPT, OCS, of Connecticut shares his state chapter's experience dealing with state legislation advocated for by the state's medical society that would create a scope of practice review committee.

Edward J. Keenan, PhD, president for the Foundation for Medical Excellence, was the featured luncheon speaker for Sunday and spoke on the recent federal health care reform legislation.

   

Dr. Jan Dommerholt PT, MPS, DPT, DAAPM, discusses the issue of intramuscular manual therapy (dry needling) and recent actions taken by state boards.

Virginia Chapter President Terri Ferrier, PT, and VPTA lobbyist Richard Grossman review the Virginia Chapter's recent successful legislation enacting term protection for physical therapy in their state.

   

Carmen Elliott, associate director of Private Payment Advocacy, describes the status of payment for direct access in the states.

Jim Dunleavy, PT, MS, explains legislation that the New York Chapter is pursuing to combat the high co-pays that patients must pay for physical therapy services.

   

APTA Deputy Executive Director Janet Bezner, PT, PhD, moderates a discussion on how state chapters can collaborate with their state their regulatory boards. Seated from left to right are Steve Alstot, PT, of the Oregon Board of Physical Therapy, Arizona Chapter executive director Heidi Herbst Paakkonen, and Mark Lane, PT, vice president of Profession Standards and Assessment with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

Justin Moore, PT, DPT, and Justin Elliott, director of State Government Affairs, look on as John Wallace, PT, OCS, chair of the APTA Referral for Profit Committee provided attendees with an update on current efforts to combat physician self-referral in physical therapy.

   

Jack Friedman, CEO of Providence Health Plan, provides his perspective on the impact of health care reform and its effect on health benefit design.

APTA government affairs chairman Kevin Hulsey, PT, DPT, presents the 2010 State Legislative Commitment Award to Elaine Armantrout, PT, DSc, ECS, of Washington, and Jim Dagostino, PT, of California, who were recognized for their long-term work and commitment to state legislative issues. Both Elaine and Jim have been active with their chapter's state legislative efforts for many years and on a variety of issues.

   

Kevin Hulsey, PT, DPT, presents the 2010 State Legislative Achievement Award to J. Eric Shaw, PT, Cert MDT, of West Virginia, and Michael Shoemaker, PT, DPT, GCS, of Michigan. Eric was recognized for his work on the successful enactment of the new PT Practice Act in West Virginia earlier this year, while Michael was recognized for his work on the passage of PTA licensure legislation in Michigan.

The 2010 State Award winners with members of the APTA Board of Directors. Pictured from left to right are Roger Herr, PT, MPA, COS-C; Elaine Armantrout, PT, DSc, ECS; Kathy Mairella, PT, DPT, MA; Lisa Saladin, PT, PhD; Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS; Jim Dagostino, PT; Kevin Hulsey, PT, DPT; Michael Shoemaker, PT, DPT, GCS; and Eric Shaw, PT, Cert MDT.

 

The 2010 State Legislative Commitment Awards and the 2010 State Legislative Leadership Award were presented at the State Government Affairs Forum in Portland.

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