TMNews: #21: Jan 15, 2018: Medicare Cap, ABPTRFE Standards, & the PROSPER Act with FitBUX

It’s Monday, January 15th. This week, we have guest Joe Reinke of FiTBUX on the show to discuss the PROSPER Act (or, essentially, how your loan repayment could change). We’re reminding you about the Medicare Cap, talking ABPTRFE standards, and recapping some wins across the profession.

You need to take action on the Cap! 

New ABPTRFE standards went into effect Jan 1

 Of biggest concern is the new rule that applicants for fellowships must now have either completed a residency or hold a board certified specialization (i.e. OCS). Previously, applicants were eligible via a third pathway, which allowed them to apply based on experience. Despite the general outcry against the standards, ABPTRFE chose not to delay implementation. 

(ABPTRFE: American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education)

Check out our previous coverage:

New Jersey is primed to sign on to the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact.

The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact was officially enacted April 25, 2017. There are currently 14 states signed on, and New Jersey would be the 15th. You can check out the map here.

Wondering what the Licensure Compact even is? We interviewed Angela Shuman of the APTA to fill you in.

Money Matters: The PROSPER Act with Joe Reinke

Welcome to our recurring Money Matters segment! Every month, we’re sitting down with Joe Reinke, co-founder of FitBUX, to discuss a finance issue relevant to physical therapists. 

This month we’re talking the PROSPER Act, or how the government could get rid of loan forgiveness.

The PROSPER Act was introduced in December, and will have to make its way through Congress before June. “PROSPER” stands for Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform, and it’s the new version of the Higher Education Act.

Our question for Joe was, “What do we need to know about the PROSPER Act? How will this affect me as a physical therapist?”

You can find the full interview and read the recap here

We’ll be back next week, January 22nd! Stay tuned.

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