NYPTA Legislative Plan
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2018 NYPTA Legislative Plan 

  1. Patient Access Legislation:  NYPTA will introduce legislation and other initiatives to increase accessibility for patients for physical therapist services. These efforts will focus on affordable co-payments in line with office visit copayments, and will also include eliminating arrangements for disproportionate tiered copayments based on the type of facility in which physical therapy services are provided.
  2. Direct Access. NYPTA will pursue removal of current direct access limitations within New York State. Introduced language will reflect the training and expertise of the physical therapist and their ability to refer patients for medical management when appropriate.
  3. Protecting Patients’ Rights to Provider Choice. NYPTA will develop and pursue legislation to prevent any provider from limiting a patient’s ability to seek care from the provider of their choice. This may include enhanced transparency of physician ownership in ancillary services and restrictions on conditioning a referral for physical therapy on where the services will be performed.
  4. Insurance Transparency and Adequacy. NYPTA will investigate current payor coverage of physical therapist services within New York State and compare to other states. This information may be used in continued efforts to enhance the transparency and adequacy of coverage in NY.
  5. Title Protection. NYPTA will continue to pursue legislation protecting the terms DPT and Doctor of Physical Therapy in order to protect the public by reducing potential confusion as well as limiting misuse of the terms by individuals who are not licensed physical therapists.
  6. Workers Compensation. NYPTA will continue to pursue legislation requiring coverage of the services of a physical therapist assistant practicing under the physical therapist within the workers’ compensation system. NYPTA will continue to advocate for issues related to the severely outdated and inadequate Workers’ Compensation medical fee schedule.
  7. State Budget. NYPTA in conjunction with the lobbyist will monitor the budget process and oppose budget proposals that have a negative impact on the physical therapy profession.
  8. NYPTA will continue to monitor and provide input on legislation that would allow licensure of Athletic Trainers, Naturopathic Physicians, and Recreation Therapists, as well as services provided by Massage Therapists under the Workers’ Compensation System. NYPTA will continue to oppose the corporate practice of the profession and legislation which would negatively impact the physical therapy scope of practice.
  9. Practice Act Advancement: NYPTA’s Practice Act Taskforce will continue to determine opportunities and barriers related to an updated Physical Therapist Practice Act. The work of this group will help to guide APOL and chapter leadership in crafting a contemporary practice act consistent with current and future physical therapist practice. 





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