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  • State Advocacy Days

    I recently attended my state's Advocacy Days in Florida's capital city, Tallahassee. This event is organized by our state's professional association, the FPTA and was focused on current efforts to update our state practice act to give full, unrestricted direct access among some other changes. The Advocacy Days event was two days in length. The ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on March 18, 2015
  • State Advocacy from a Student Perspective

    I have written posts on advocacy in the past that have centered primarily on the concept of advocacy and what it can bring in the way of personal and professional growth. This weekend, however, I had the chance to attend the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) Student Conclave, and it has me fired up about the practical implications of ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on January 28, 2015
  • APTA Applauds Groundbreaking AARP Action

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued a press release on Tuesday supporting a groundbreaking action taken last week by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The APTA statement reads, in part: ''On Dec. 11, 2014, the AARP, in a letter of support addressed to Rep. Jackie Speier (D), became ...
  • Hum-PT-y Dum-PT-y Sat on a Wall

    Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #4 -- ''What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?'') When you have a fever, you go see the doctor. When you have a toothache, you go see the ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 27, 2014
  • Who's In the Driver's Seat?

    (Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #2 -- ''What Drives the PT Profession?'') The PT profession has no doubt changed a lot since our humble beginnings. Even over the past 10-20 years, the ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 14, 2014
  • The APTA -- Why Bother?

    (Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #1 -- ''Is APTA Membership Valuable?'') I was an APTA member for one year when I started working. I'll be honest, the only reason I joined was because my ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 6, 2014
  • CSM 2013: PT Autonomy: What the Future Holds Under Health Care Reform

      SAN DIEGO--There's a popular saying that goes in this vein: There really is no such thing as luck; it is what you do with the situations you are confronted with that determines your own fate. PTs who are in private practice or who are contemplating such a venture would be wise to adopt this strategy for the foreseeable future, according ...
  • CSM 2013: APTA Steps Up Advocacy on Federal Affairs

    SAN DIEGO--In a two-part session to accommodate a wide range of topics on Medicare and federal health care law changes, APTA presented ''Emerging Issues in Medicare and Federal Affairs: What Every PT Needs to Know'' to a packed audience on Wednesday at CSM. The first point the speakers felt attendees needed to know was that its government affairs ...
  • Fall Semester Done

    After much sweat and tears this past semester, I've finally managed to finish my three online classes for my DPT with a month to spare. It was perhaps the most challenging semester so far, with a class titled ''Direct Access.'' Having worked 20-plus years for healthcare systems, I was quite comfortable with seeing patients who were required by ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on November 8, 2012
  • PT Legislative Battle Rages in California

    Physical therapists who haven't been paying attention to the legislative battle raging in California might want to start. As the APTA detailed in its Aug. 30 press release, ''In California, a Rough Ride for Senate Bill 924,'' the latest salvo was just fired: ''California physical therapists have been infuriated by the legislative wrangling that ...
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