It’s Monday, March 19th, and here are your PT headlines for the week. APTA agrees to delay changes to Fellowship admission until 2020, a study in JAMA examines just why healthcare is so expensive in the US, the FDA cracks down on Nicotine content in cigarettes, and several states advance bills to benefit physical therapy.
Finally, live from Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, correspondent John LaRue sits down with Justin Moore, CEO of the American Physical Therapy Association, to discuss the momentum the association has gained, and how to sustain the ever-growing numbers of millennials. Let’s dive right in!
Be sure to check out the full interview with Justin over on Talus Media Talks.
APTA Agrees to Delay New Fellowship Admissions Standards
We’ll start with big news for Fellowship programs. According to Dr. James Dunning of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, the APTA has agreed to push the implementation of their new fellowship admission standards to 2020. These standards, put forth by ABPTRFE on January 1st, 2018 with a required program compliance date of January 1st, 2019, would have removed the “experience” pathway of application, which was considered anti-competitive and potentially illegal, as described by a legal complaint from Dr. Dunning earlier this year. Talus Media has reached out to the APTA and ABPTRFE for comment on the changes. For more info on these admission standards, you can check out our interview with Tammy Burlis, Chair of the ABPTRFE.
We dive deeper into the interplay between APTA, AAOMPT, and ABPTRFE here.
JAMA Examines the Cost of Healthcare in Developed Nations
Healthcare utilization was not the cause of high US healthcare costs, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (or JAMA) that examined health expenditures in 2016. That year, the United States spent twice as much as other countries in the study and got worse patient outcomes. The higher costs, they found, came from higher labor costs, higher prices of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and higher administrative expenses.
FDA Makes Historic Crackdown on Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes
In other national health news, the FDA moved forward last week on a regulatory plan that could reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes to nearly non-addictive levels, an undertaking that hasn’t been attempted by any other regulatory agency in the world. The policy was buoyed by a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine that found a reduction in Nicotine levels could result in 8 million fewer smoking-related deaths by the end of the century. The FDA has opened a public comment period for the next 90 days to get feedback on the changes.
States continue to advance bills beneficial for Physical Therapy
West Virginia passed a bill out of both houses to be added to the Interstate Licensure Compact. It will now go to the governor for signature. For more information on the compact, be sure to listen to our interview with James Spencer.
In further updates, the governor of Michigan signed Senate Bill 0582 into law, allowing PTs to determine eligibility for disability parking placards, and the Idaho Senate passed House Bill 505, which would allow PTs to dry needle, sending it to the governor for signature.
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