APTA was again a leading exhibitor at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Annual Conference, held August 8-11, 2016, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Attendees took the APTA PT Challenge at APTA's exhibit booth in which participants could enter into a drawing for a Fitbit, when they correctly answered a quiz on patient access to physical therapist (PT) services, protection for the term "physical therapy," and the new Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC). Numerous state lawmakers visited the booth where APTA State Affairs staff and members of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) educated them about direct access to physical therapy services, referral for profit (POPTS), infringement concerns, high patient copays for physical therapy, reimbursement concerns, and other issues important to the physical therapy profession at the state level. Leslie Adrian, PT, from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) was also on hand to provide information on the Interstate Licensure Compact for Physical Therapy.
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. This year's Annual Conference attracted almost 5,000 state legislators, regulators, association representatives, corporations, and public policy experts from around the country.