The meeting agenda promoted the update to the Florida Physical Therapy Practice Act (FS 486) during the 2010 legislative session.
The update is designed to do the following:
Some of the outstanding moments at the meeting were the following:
- A lucid and pointed rationale from Adele Carr, PT for why keeping statutory language affirming 'Physical Therapy Aides' in the practice act is a dangerous move for the profession.
- An even-handed narrative from Sheila Nicholson, PT, JD, FPTA President on how and why the practice act is being updated.
- Many, many passionate examples of members who care about their profession speaking up, voicing their ideas and trying to get involved.
- At least two private practice owners I spoke to telling me how ALL their marketing is now Direct-to-Consumer, instead of the physician.
- A lively fund-raising appeal for the FPTA Political Action Committee (PAC) that garnered several hundred dollars - we need to do more in this area since chiropractors and doctors still beat physical therapists 10-to-1 in donations.
This year, our goal is $75,000 - about double last year's donations - and you can help us make it. Remember, patients can also be donors to the FPTA PAC - they want to help preserve their access to physical therapy, too!
Florida PT PAC
The new, proposed PT practice act has been filed with the legislature: SB 2146.
Follow, in real-time, the process of SB 2146 as it makes its way through the legislative process.
What do YOU want to see in YOUR practice act?
Now's the time to speak up.