TMNews #35: April 23, 2018: State Legislation, #ChoosePT PTJ Issue, NE Joins the PTLC, & ft. PBI Winner Destination Rehab

It’s Monday again, and as always, we’re here with your physical therapy news. The NPTE is this Wednesday April 25th–get ready to welcome new physical therapists to the ranks! This week we’re talking PTJs special issue on opioids, the PT licensure compact, APTA’s House of Delegates, and state legislative updates. Finally, as April winds down and the deadline for the ProBono Incubator applications approach, we sit down with Carol Ann Nelson, founder of last year’s Pro Bono Incubator winner, Destination Rehab. 

Check out the full interview with Carol-Ann (and all the Pro Bono Incubator winners) here.

To learn more about the Pro Bono Incubator, head here.


  • The NPTE is this Wednesday! Good luck test takers!
  • APTA’s Federal Advocacy forum will take place April 29-May 1.  More info here.

State Legislation: 

    • California Physical Therapy Association continues to oppose AB 3110, which would expand the athletic trainer’s scope of practice. Other bills in play include direct access in the school setting, animal rehabilitation, and teacher credentialing. For more details, check out the CPTA Legislative Action Center.
    • Colorado’s Sunset Bill, which would write dry needling into the PT’s scope of practice, has cleared the Committee on Finance and is headed to the appropriations committee.

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact: 

  • Nebraska will be joining the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact this week–bill LB 681 has passed the legislature and is on the governor’s desk for signature.
  • What you need to know: There are currently 16 states with compact legislation enacted, and 7 states, including Nebraska, have legislation pending. No states have issued compact privileges yet. You can check out our interviews with Angela Shuman and James Spencer to learn more about how the compact will impact you.

Physical Therapy Journal releases special issue on opioids: 

The issue, released last Monday, features articles on everything from the progression of acute pain to chronic pain, to fostering self management. Several articles indicate that earlier PT leads to better outcomes, lower cost, and lower opioid use rates than those that delayed treatment. Other findings indicated that it may be possible to effectively screen for persistent pain in patient evaluations, and that pain education improved therapy participation.

APTA Gears up for 2018 House of Delegates: 

In case you didn’t know, the American Physical Therapy Association’s House of Delegates will convene this June in Orlando, Florida, just prior to the NEXT conference. The House of Delegates is the policy-making body for the association–delegates from all 50 states get together to help guide the profession through various policies. Up this year for debate:

Check out the conversations on the HUB! 

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