With the dust just about settled around most state legislatures, APTA, its state chapters, and supporters are beginning to assess how the practice and payment landscape has changed at the state level for physical therapists, (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and the patients they serve. The news is decidedly good.
“This has been an extremely busy year for physical therapy-related legislation in many states, and the hard work and collaborative efforts of chapters and APTA have paid off,” said Angela Shuman, director of state legislative affairs for APTA. “We have a lot to be proud of.”
Among the highest-profile wins is the steady expansion of states joining the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC), the game-changing system that allows PTs and PTAs licensed in 1 state to obtain practice privileges in other participating states. Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Tennessee have officially enacted the compact system. Other states have passed the necessary legislation and are preparing to flip the switch on the compact, with this year’s addition of Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia bringing the total number of compact states to 21. A bill to adopt the compact is pending in Pennsylvania.