"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Monday, March 29, 2010

Physical Therapists Meet at the Beach

Special thanks to Blaire Burton, DPT for organizing the Florida West Central District spring meeting, Saturday, March 27th at America's #1 beach!

America's #1 beach

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!
These web links contain important, timely information for Florida physical therapists:

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.

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