"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

Saturday, September 24, 2011

State Payment and Policy Forum in Austin, Texas

The mainstream media would have you believe that Federal legislation has a greater impact on your practice than state law.

Notwithstanding the 2009 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in most years Federal law tends not to change much.

But, state law is much more volatile. Most laws that affect your daily practice are made at the state level.

That's why I'm posting from the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) State Policy and Payment Forum in Austin, Texas. I'm here representing the Orthopedic Section of the APTA.

APTA members from around the nation will be discussing the following:
  • Direct Access to Physical Therapists 
  • Health Care Reform 
  • Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) 
  • Physical Therapist Co-payment legislation 
  • Physician Owned Physical Therapy clinics (POPTs)

Omni Hotel Downtown Austin

Follow events like this Forum at APTA's Moving Forward blog as well as my Twitter feed.

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Tim Richardson, PT owns a private practice at Medical Arts Rehabilitation, Inc in Palmetto, Florida. The clinic website is at MedicalArtsRehab.com.

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Tim can be reached at
TimRichPT@BulletproofPT.com .

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