APTA shapes policy issues that impact our profession and the patients and clients we serve.
Through lobbying, grassroots, and regulatory advocacy, APTA shapes policy on the issues that impact our profession and the patients and clients we serve.
Learn about some of the issues we're engaged with and what you can do to help.
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Excessive time and resources spent on documentation and administrative tasks can hurt patient outcomes.
More needs to be done to improve direct access in states across the country.
Rehabilitative and habilitative services are among the essential health benefits that need to be maintained — and even expanded.
Physical therapy saves money and achieves results that help patients get and stay healthy. But too often, insurance requires copays that effectively reduce access. This must change.
PTs and PTAs need to be part of the evolution in health information technology.
Every student deserves the ability to succeed in the classroom and beyond. The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act and Every Student Succeeds Act make that possible.
Patients shouldn't have to have their care interrupted, and PTs shouldn't be forced to suspend services during temporary absences.
Medicaid should put patients first.
APTA supports legislation that allows Medicare beneficiaries to select the health professional of their choice through private contracting.
Medicare permits general supervision of physical therapist assistants by physical therapists in all settings — except for outpatient private practice under Part B, which requires direct supervision.
Support APTA's payment advocacy related to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
March 1, 2020 / Position PaperThis legislation encourages the development of concussion management guidelines for elementary and secondary schools.
August 28, 2023 / ResourceThis resource was developed to help APTA state chapters advocate for explicit authority for physical therapists to order imaging for patients.
July 13, 2023 / ResourceFind out in which states physical therapists have the ability to certify for disability placards.
The ongoing opioid crisis in the U.S. reflects the unintended consequences of an effort to control pain by masking it. We're paying a terrible price.
Words matter. The use of "physical therapy," "physiotherapy," and the PT, DPT, and PTA titles should be restricted to qualified professionals.