2013 State Policy & Payment Forum Highlights

More than 200 physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, and physical therapy student advocates from across the country attended the APTA State Policy & Payment Forum, September 15-17, 2013, in Omaha, Nebraska. This event, cohosted with the Nebraska Chapter, was designed to increase participants' involvement in, and knowledge of state policy and payment 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 physical therapy advocates; to collaborate with colleagues in developing and improving their components' state 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: The implementation of health care reform at the state level; fair physical therapy copay legislation; telehealth; emerging scope of practice issues; strategies for negotiating with insurance companies; infringement issues; and more.

In addition, the 2013 APTA State Legislative Awards were presented in conjunction with this year's forum. For their individual leadership on legislation advancing or defending Vision 2020 in the state arena, the APTA Board of Directors awarded the 2013 State Legislative Leadership Award to Pauline Flesch, PT, MPS, of the Indiana Chapter; Dean McCall, PT, DPT, OCS, of the North Carolina Chapter, and Pam Palmer, PT, of the Kansas Chapter. In recognition of their long-term commitment to their chapters' state advocacy activities over several years, the APTA Board of Directors awarded the 2013 State Legislative Commitment Award to Jake Jakubiak Kovacek, PT, of the Michigan Chapter, and Kirk Peck, PT, PhD, CSCS, CCRT, of the Nebraska Chapter.

The 2014 State Policy & Payment Forum is scheduled for September 13-15, 2014, at the Hilton Seattle.

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