It’s Monday, February 19th, and here are your PT headlines for the week. It’s the week of CSM, and we’ve got coverage coming to you from New Orleans. The licensure compact gets the go-ahead in Colorado, dry needling moves forward in two states, the Americans with Disabilities Act could be facing modifications, and there is a potential legal fight brewing over the recent admissions changes to Fellowships. Finally, we spoke to APTA CEO Justin Moore to discuss the Therapy Cap repeal, PTA Reimbursement changes, and our advocacy moving forward. Let’s get into it.
Be sure to check out the full Justin Moore interview here.
Coverage of the Combined Sections Meeting
Interested in what’s going on with the Combined Sections Meeting but aren’t able to go? Be sure to follow Talus Media on Twitter or our correspondents covering the conference in New Orleans.
Licensure Compact Adds Colorado
In state-based PT news, Colorado’s suspension for the Interstate Licensure Compact has been lifted. This brings the total number of states in the compact to 15, with 8 other states considering legislation to be added. For more information on the compact, be sure to listen to our interview with Angela Shuman over on Talus Media Talks.
Dry Needling Bills Advance in New Jersey and Colorado
Two states, Colorado and New Jersey, had bills advance in their state legislatures to add or affirm the rights of physical therapists to perform dry needling this week. Both had bills advance out of committee, so there is still some work to be done until PTs are cleared to dry needle in the states. We’ll keep you updated as the bills progress.
Bill Modifying the Americans with Disabilities Act Passes the House.
In federal news, The house recently passed HR 620 by a vote of 225-192, a bill that would make it much more difficult to pursue legal action to ensure proper access to buildings under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The bill could inhibit patient’s abilities to bring legal action against private businesses not in compliance with ADA accessibility regulations. The bill now goes to the Senate for a vote. The APTA and various patient advocacy groups have come out against the bill.
APTA and ABPTRFE Receive Legal Threat From AAMA
In residency and fellowship news, ABPTRFE and APTA are in the spotlight. James Dunning, director of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, announced in a Friday, February 16th tweet that the new regulations violate Section 1 of the Sherman Act. He states “The new admissions criteria are anti-competitive, not based on quantitative evidence, and will likely result in injury to AAOMPT fellowship programs and the public in general….” An excerpt of his statement indicates that AAMT is considering pursuing legal action against ABPTRFE and APTA unless the new regulations, particularly the loss of admission based on experience, are reconsidered. We’ll keep you updated as the story develops.