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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 ...
  • Interpreters

    I had my first evaluation via interpreter this week, leaving me certain that I'll attempt to learn Spanish when I'm done with school. There are a few things that I realized when the interpreter was translating the eval. First of all, interview ''cadence'' is not something you usually think about. I was uncomfortable and novel to the situation, ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on February 4, 2014
  • Clearer Communication

    Pate Rehabilitation, Dallas, TX, issued a press release Nov. 28 announcing the launch of a new Spanish program as part of its evidence-based treatment and support for individuals recovering from acquired brain injuries. According to the release, ''this comprehensive linguistic and cultural approach maximizes the benefits of brain injury ...
  • Affordable Care Act

    I'm embarrassed to say it, but it wasn't until last week that I finally got a grasp of the Affordable Care Act and specifically its implications for the future of physical therapy. As part of our ''Evidence-Based Practice'' coursework, Everette James, director of the Health Policy Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, addressed our class ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on December 3, 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 ...
  • PT 2012 Preview: The Profession’s New Role

      If you ever get a chance to talk to actors, you'll find that one of their biggest fears is being ''typecast'': always up for parts playing the same character-the good guy, the bad guy, the ''sidekick,'' the token girlfriend, the criminal, the rough-at-the-edges cop, the snob...you name it. Have too much success at one type of role, the ...
  • Countering the Cap

    On Feb. 22, President Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (HR 3630), noted a Feb. 24 press release from the APTA. Among other facets, this act extends the therapy cap exceptions process for the remainder of 2012. The law mandates consistent use of the KX modifier upon reaching the $1,880 therapy cap and puts in ...
  • A Case for Direct PT Access

    An Oct. 14 press release from the APTA detailed the results of an intriguing new study in the journal Health Services Research. The study suggests ''the role of the physician gatekeeper in regard to physical therapy may be unnecessary in many cases'' and could have significant implications for the U.S. health care system. Funded by a grant from ...
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