TMNews #43: July 2, 2018: APTA’s House of Delegates, Policy Updates, Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act to be Enacted

Your PT News that Matters: July 2nd, 2018


  • The APTA has submitted a dry needling CPT code for review. The review process can take several months; we will keep you updated.
  • The Federal Communications Commission has increased funding for the Rural Healthcare Program by roughly 43% from $400 million to $571 million. The increase is due to increased demand for telehealth services in rural areas
  • The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act is due to be enacted any day now. The law will allow sports medicine professionals to maintain their malpractice insurance while practicing in states outside their license. You can find the bill here and the APTA position here.

House of Delegates Coverage: 


Facebook Live: You can find all our videos from the House of Delegates here, including interviews with Scott Euype (outgoing APTA Nominating Committee Chair), Carrie Pagliano (President of the Women’s Health Section, first time delegate), and Matt Downey (Alternate Delegate, CA).

Check out the APTA’s summary of the House here.

You can find the official election results announcement here.

Policy Updates: 

  • MIPS is coming! PTs will likely be added to the program in 2019–now is the time to start preparing. Head here for more information from the APTA.
  • The APTA continues to push the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, citing the need to control our own data. In short, data makes our claims and words matter more with lobbying efforts.
  • There may be a legislative fix to functional limitation reporting (G-codes).  The date that has been gathered is varied and does not adequately capture function; with the current “red tape relief” culture in Washington, a fix (or an alleviation) may be on the horizon.

Make sure to check out the latest installment in the STAND: The Haiti Project Serieshosted by our own Whitney Doiron. This week, Aaron Perez, PT, DPT, “shows” us around the ortho corner of the clinic.


Talus Media News is a subsidiary of Talus Media: PT Views & PT News. You can find all interviews mentioned in this newscast on our sister channel, Talus Media Talks. Check us out on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram @TalusMedia.