Governor Signs New Law Allowing Colleges and Universities to Form Physical Therapy Practices
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GOVERNOR SIGNS NEW LAW ALLOWING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO FORM PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICES

Law Enahnces Training of Physical Therapists and Helps Increase Access to Important Physical Therapy Services for All New Yorkers

Albany, NY (August 6, 2012) -- The New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) today praised Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for signing S. 6980/ A. 10002, a bill which allows colleges and universities that offer an accredited doctor of physical therapy program to establish faculty physical therapy group practices.

“We want to thank the Governor for recognizing the importance of this legislation for physical therapy students, patients, the profession of physical therapy and the State of New York,” said Matthew R. Hyland, PhD., PT, president of the NYPTA. “The faculty practice bill provides for enhanced clinical training opportunities for PT students while at the same time expanding access to essential physical therapy services for New Yorkers. It also recognizes physical therapists as clinicians in much the same way as the law already recognized physicians, optometrists, dentists and chiropractors.”

Under current law higher educational institutions are permitted to form faculty practices for medical, dental, optometric and chiropractic care. This bill now extends the formation of faculty practices to physical therapy.

The ability to form faculty practices will enhance the educational experience for physical therapy students by significantly increasing opportunities for hands-on clinical experience as part of their degree program. In addition, the creation of college and university-based faculty physical therapy practices will also expand access to physical therapy services, particularly for many underserved communities.

“We also want to again recognize Majority Leader Skelos and Senator’s Ranzenhofer, Oppenheimer and Avella for their support of this legislation in the State Senate, and Speaker Silver and his colleagues Assemblymen Brennan, Weprin, Schimel, Babryszak and Peoples-Stokes for their support in the Assembly, ” Hyland continued.

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