House Health Committee
Votes HB 57 Out of Committee
On February 15, the House Health Committee voted HB 57--The ENACT PHYSICAL THERAPY LICENSURE COMPACT out of committee. The vote was unanimous. The bill was sponsored by Rep. John Szoka, Representative Grier Martin, and Representative Holly Grange. The bill will improve access to Physical Therapy services, allow military spouses and PTs from other Compact states to have their license mutually recognized by North Carolina.

NCPTA lobbyist Alex Miller was interviewed by WRAL after the hearing. Watch the interview here.

Advocacy Day

Registration Now Open

Date:           Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time:           9:00am to 1:00pm
Location:    NC State Legislature, Raleigh NC

Be part of NCPTA's legislative efforts, by attending Advocacy Day at the North Carolina legislature on Tuesday, April 11 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Talk to your legislators about issues that are important to physical therapy including spinal manipulation and the Licensure Compact legislation. If you plan on attending, please register here
A Victory for Physical Therapists and Patients
Court Ruling in NCPTA's Antitrust Lawsuit
As you know, the NCPTA has sued the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board in federal court. The NCPTA filed the lawsuit to protect patients' access to dry needling, and to ensure that our members can deliver this safe and effective treatment. The lawsuit, which is available at this link, seeks to hold the Acupuncture Board and its members accountable under the federal antitrust laws.
 
Today, I am pleased to report a major development in the case:  The Court has ruled that we sufficiently alleged the Acupuncture Board and its members violated--and continue to violate--the federal antitrust laws by seeking to make dry needling unavailable to patients who benefit from it. You can find a copy of the Court's order at this link.
 
The Court's decision represents a big win for dry needling patients and for the physical therapists who provide dry needling to those patients. Strong public policy favors each patient's access to care.  This decision embraces that policy.
 
The NCTPA remains committed to protecting the rights of our members and their patients. If you would like to support these efforts as the lawsuit proceeds, please contact us at ncpta@ncpt.org.

 
Thank you,
 
Kyle Covington, PT, DPT, PhD
NCPTA President

  

Congratulations to NC's own Dr. Eileen Carter, MBA, PT, for being slated for the 2017 APTA Elections.


Eileen Carter and campaign manager for APTA Nominating Committee, Dave Quails.

 

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2017 ADVOCACY DAY AND WEBINAR

ADVOCACY DAY

Registration Now Open

Date: April 11, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Location: NC State Legislature, Raleigh NC

NCPTA will be holding its annual Advocacy Day at the state legislature in Raleigh from 9:00am to 1:00pm. NCPTA has a busy legislative year ahead and we need everyone to participate in this important event. The Spinal Manipulation bill will be introduced in the near future. Last year we were able to get the Spinal Manipulation bill through the House, but could not get it out of the Senate Rules Committee. This year we hope to push the bill across the goal line.

We are also working on the Compact Licensure bill which will make it easier for military spouses to practice in North Carolina when their military spouse is stationed in North Carolina. In order to get these bills passed we need everyone's assistance, so please put April 11 on your schedule. Register Here

WEBINAR

Getting to Know Your Legislator: Relationship, Relationship, Relationship

Sponsored by NCPTA and the Ortho SIG

Date: March 6
Time: 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Nancy Garland, JD; NCPTA Executive Director, former VP of APTA Government Affairs and former Ohio legislator, will discuss the key to political success - "Relationship, Relationship, Relationship."

As stated above, NCPTA has an ambitious legislative agenda this legislative session and they need your help. In order to pass spinal manipulation legislation, introduce compact licensure legislation, and prevent other health professionals from prohibiting physical therapists from providing services they are qualified to provide, NCPTA needs everyone to be part of the process.

In order to further the NCPTA legislative agenda, you need to get to know your state legislators. How do you do that? Register for the webinar Getting to Know Your Legislator.

  • Learn how to get to know your Legislator
  • Discover how to become a valuable resource to your representatives
  • Determine how the political process works, or doesn't work
To register for the webinar, send an e-mail to Diane Drumm, NCPTA administrative assistant at admin@ncpt.org. The webinar is free. Register early as space is going fast and the webinar is limited to 50 participants.