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Learn, Educate & Advocate
Posted: April 11, 2024

Patient advocacy empowers you to leverage your distinctive knowledge and expertise in physical therapy to engage with your member of Congress. By sharing your personal experiences and insights, you aim to raise awareness and shape the perspectives of legislators and their staff. The most impactful method? Sharing compelling patient narratives. These stories serve as powerful tools, illuminating the vital role of physical therapy and driving meaningful change...

BREAKING NEWS: Medicare Fee Schedule Update
Posted: January 22, 2024

On 1/18/2024, the U.S. Congress passed a stopgap spending measure that temporarily keeps the government afloat until early March and prevents a government shutdown. The Continuing Resolution (CR) passed the Senate 77-18 and hours later passed the House 314-108. The new package contains no relief from cuts to the 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, despite strong advocacy from a host of patient and provider organizations, including APTA...

Make a Difference this Holiday Season
Posted: December 6, 2023

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy for us to forget how important it is for us to take time to advocate for the profession. We need as many letters as possible sent to Congress to avoid the impending 3.37% cut to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule slated for January 1, 2024...

Capitol Hill Day 2023 - A Student Reflection
Posted: August 22, 2023

My name is Chris Chisler, and I am a PT student from the University of St. Augustin for Health Sciences as part of their flex program at the St. Augustin campus. I am currently preparing to begin my last clinical rotation in an outpatient orthopedic clinic with a planned graduation date this December. I am a past secretary of the FPTA Student Special Interest Group and a current APTA Student Council Rep for the Home Health Academy...

August Recess: A Time to Build Relationships
Posted: July 25, 2023

Establishing relationships with elected officials is the key to effective advocacy. This can seem intimidating, but policymakers want to know their constituents and better understand their voters’ concerns. Consider taking time to contact and educate your legislators...

On Capitol Hill on Your Behalf
Posted: July 25, 2023

APTA PT Day on Capitol Hill took place on July 25, 2023, in Washington D.C. There were over 1000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students marching on Capitol Hill to give physical therapy and our patients/clients a voice...

How Can You Make a Difference? Build Relationships With Your Members of Congress!
Posted: June 12, 2023

It is important to get to know your member of Congress. This may appear intimidating, but members of Congress are people too. Most members of Congress are professors, attorneys, and businesspersons. Some of them are physicians, nurses, and doctors of various professions that understand why we are so valuable...

5 Things You Can Do This Spring to Advocate for Your Profession
Posted: May 1, 2023

It’s spring and our US members of Congress want to hear from their constituents. They are home in the district throughout the spring. Check out the Senate schedule and House schedule to find out when...


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