NYPTA Public Policy Priorities
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2020 Public Policy Priorities




1. Direct Access. NYPTA will pursue removal of current direct access limitations within New York State. This change will remove barriers which restrict New Yorkers from accessing physical therapist services in a timely manner. Introduced legislation will reflect the training and expertise of the physical therapist and their ability to refer patients for medical management when appropriate.


2. Patient Access/High-Copay Legislation. NYPTA will continue to pursue 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 disproportionately tiered copayments based on the type of facility in which physical therapy services are provided.  


3. Licensure of the Physical Therapist Assistant. NYPTA will continue to pursue advancement of the statutory recognition of the PTA from “certified” to “licensed”. This change will accurately reflect the academic training and passage of a national licensure exam currently required to achieve certification


4. Practice Act Advancement: NYPTA will continue to determine opportunities and barriers related to an updated Physical Therapist Practice Act. This work will guide chapter leadership in crafting a contemporary practice act consistent with current and future physical therapist education and practice.


5. Workers Compensation. NYPTA will advocate for the coverage of services provided by the physical therapist assistant under the supervision of the physical therapist.


6. Combating the Opioid Epidemic: NYPTA will support policy initiatives which curb the use of opioids for pain management and will also support evidence-based therapies including physical therapy for the treatment of pain.  


7. Protecting Patients’ Rights to Provider Choice. NYPTA will pursue opportunities 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.


8. 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.


9. NYPTA will continue to oppose the legislation, in its most recent form, that would unduly expand the scope of practice of Athletic Trainers. NYPTA will monitor the legislative activities of other professions and will respond accordingly. NYPTA will also continue to oppose the corporate practice of the profession and legislation which would negatively impact the physical therapy scope of practice. 


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