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Official Publication of the Texas Physical Therapy Association

Location Courses Coming to Texas! # 324 Vestibular & Oculomotor Rehabilitation for Children Houston, TX October 4-5, 2019 San Antonio, TX December 7-8, 2019 Rose Marie Rine, P.T., Ph.D # 345 Torticollis & Plagiocephaly Assessment & Treatment in Pediatric San Antonio, TX June 29-30, 2019 Cindy Miles, PT, PhD. PCS, CNDT # 331 Ataxia, Autism and NDT McAllen/Edinburg, TX October 11-12, 2019 Brenda J. Lindsay, PT, C/NDT Gail Ritchie, OTR, C/NDT

# 114 Donatelli's Pathophysiology and Mechanics of the Shoulder with Lab Denison, TX May 4-5, 2019 Mesquite, TX August 24-25, 2019 Robert Donatelli PhD, PT, OCS ====================================== # 237 Stroke Recovery Toolbox: Evidence Based Clinical Strategies and Assessments Denison, TX July 13, 2019 Stephen Page, Ph.D., M.S., MOT, OTR/L, FAHA ====================================== # 408 Disability and Posture Therapeutic Positioning Solutions for Function and Sleep Stafford, TX June 21, 2019 Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L

Also LIVE On-Line Webinars 3 hours of CEU’s $60 OFFICERS: Michael Connors, PT, DPT, OCS, President Michael Geelhoed, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, Vice-President Gail Zitterkopf, PT, DPT, CLT, CKTP, Speaker of the Assembly Jennifer Frerich, PT, DPT, OCS, Secretary Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD, Treasurer



Capitol Area: Central: Coastal Bend: East Texas: Greater El Paso: Heart of Texas: Midwest: North Texas: Panhandle: Permian Basin: South Plains: Southeastern:

Nominating Committee: Bylaws Committee: Ethics Committee: Government Affairs Committee: Membership Committee: Practice Committee: Public Relations Committee: Payment Policy Committee:

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Ronna Keagle, PT, DPT, OCS Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD Aaron Cantu, PT, DPT Polly Bowers-Maness, PTA Herman A Koster, PT (Interim) Kristi Trammell, PT, DPT Regina Hartnett, PT (Co-Chair) Carling Butler, PT, Dpt Spencer Church, PT, DPT (Co-Chair) Misty Miller, PT, DPT (Co-Chair) Mikala Reznik, PT, DPT Brad Allen, PT, ScD, COMT Gail Zitterkopf, PT, DPT, CLT, CKTP

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Lauren Szot, PT, DPT Rupal Patel, PT, PhD Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD Dana Tew, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS Vacant Jon Anderson, PT Colette Pientok, PT, DPT, OCS William "Bill" Lewis, PT, DPT


PT Synergy is published for Texas Physical Therapy Association 900 Congress Avenue, Suite L110 Austin, TX 78701 512.477.1818

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Direct Access Bills Authors & Sponsors Calendar of Events


Focus on Member Benefits

EDITOR IN CHIEF Craig Tounget, CAE Executive Director MANAGING EDITOR Lindsey Green Communications Manager


2019 Texas Legislative session update


2019 Legislative Day


Texas PT Compact Privileges

PT SYNERGY is published quarterly by the Texas Physical Therapy Association.

IN EVERY ISSUE 4 Member Updates 5 Executive Director's Report

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MEMBER UPDATES TPTA Leadership nominations coming soon! Spring is here, and that means nominations for TPTA leadership positions will be open soon. This is your chance to be part of TPTA's strong leadership team and represent your profession and our members in Texas and nationwide. In early May, be on the lookout for the Leadership Interest Form on TPTA's website. Voting will start in the late summer and continue though TPTA's Annual Conference in late October. The following positions will be open this year.

President-Elect Treasurer-Elect Chief Delegate PTA Caucus Rep. Nominating Committee Delegates-at-Large

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TPTA Member Diem Puckett, PT, DPT Advocates for Patients at the Federal Advocacy Forum




hank you to the over 500 of you who joined us here in Austin for the 2019 Legislative Day. It was great to see so many of you here eager to visit with your elected officials about the issues facing the patients and practitioners of physical therapy. We were fortunate enough to have the primary bill sponsors for our Direct Access bills, Rep. Ina Minjarez and Sen. Bryan Hughes address our group. After seeing the enthusiasm you have for your profession, both Rep. Minjarez and Sen. Hughes felt even more compelled to pass this legislation. You can find more information about both Legislative Day and where things currently stand in the legislative process in the Legislative Recap section of this edition of Synergy. We have a new staff member here in the TPTA office. Bryanna Washington has joined the staff as the CCAP Administrator. Our previous CCAP Administrator, Darian Miller, is completing her Accounting Degree in May and was offered a fulltime position with an accounting firm. We certainly wish her well as she launches her new career. Bryanna comes to us with a background in processing insurance claims and applications. She has jumped into the world of CCAP and is learning the program very quickly. Bryanna works part-time and

is in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have CCAP questions or need information about courses, you can contact her at Our Meeting Planner, La’Shauna Maxwell, has successfully negotiated contracts for the next three Annual Conferences. This October we will be in The Woodlands, in 2020 we will be in Irving and in 2021 we will be in a new (currently under construction) resort called Kalahari Resort and Conventions in Round Rock. We are excited to have these locations determined this early as it allows us to do some advanced planning and lets you do so as well. The Governor has announced his appointments to the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. You can see the new appointees elsewhere in this issue. The TPTA Practice Committee has recently agreed to work with the History Task Force to move forward with curating the historical items the Task Force has collected, including the entire Ruby Decker collection. Preserving these artifacts and hopefully creating an exhibit that can be shared with and enjoyed by our membership throughout the state will show the growth of the profession and the dedications of those early practitioners.

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A huge thank you to all the Legislators who are in support of our Direct Access bills in the Texas House and Senate House Bill 29 Primary Author: Rep. Ina Minjarez Joint Authors:

Rep. Garnet Coleman, Rep.Stephanie Klick, Rep. Joseph "Joe" Moody, Rep. Tan Parker


Rep. Diego Bernal, Rep. Kyle Biedermann, Rep. Drew Darby, Rep. Joseph D. "Joe" Deshotel, Rep. Jessica Farrar, Rep. Dan Flynn, Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, Rep. Craig Goldman, Rep. Ana Hernandez, Rep. Donna Howard, Rep. Celia Israel, Rep. Phil King, Rep. Matt Krause, Rep. Armando "Mando" Martinez, Rep. Rick Miller, Rep. Mayes Middleton, Rep. Leo Pacheco, Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos, Rep. Ron Reynolds, Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, Rep. Jon Rosenthal, Rep. Scott Sanford, Rep. Ed Thompson, Rep. Tony Tinderholt, Rep. Gary VanDeaver, Rep. Armando Walle, Rep. James White, Rep. William "Bill" Zedler, Rep. Erin Zwiener

Senate Bill 732 Primary Author: Sen. Bryan Hughes Co-Author: Summer2019 2017 Spring

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Chapters and Sections: Members get local support from their state chapters and explore their professional passions through 18 specialty sections.

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CEU Courses: Members save 40% on hundreds of APTA Learning Center courses, and dozens are free to members. Clinical Specialist Certification: Members save 45% on combined application and exam fees for ABPTS board certification in any of 9 clinical specialty areas. Conferences: Members save up to 40% on APTA's 3 signature conferences: the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), NEXT Conference & Exposition (NEXT), and National Student Conclave Summer 2017

Job Listings: Members receive twice-monthly emails with alerts from APTA's free Red Hot Jobs career center. Online Communities: Members share ideas and resources at The Hub, APTA's online communities platform. PTA Pathways: Member PTAs are eligible to improve their knowledge and skills in any of 7 content areas through the Advanced Proficiency Pathways program.

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Thank you to everyone who attended th

Senator Bryan Hughes and Representative Ina Minjarez speak at Legislative Day Winter 2019 2017 Spring Summer 2017

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egislative Day

he 2019 TPTA Legislative Day in Austin

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In Session

Updates from the 2019 Texas Legislature


he 86th Session of the Texas Legislature has reached the halfway mark. Most Sessions develop a theme or have an overriding issue. This one is no different and the issue is School Finance and Property Tax Relief. Both the House and the Senate have developed budgets that include an additional $9 billion for public education. The battle, as always, is how that money is to be spent. The Senate wants about half of it to go to a $5000 across the board pay raise for teachers and librarians. The House wants to give local school districts more latitude in how the money is used. HB 29 and SB 732, the Direct Access for Physical Therapy bills, are working their way through the process. HB 29 currently has 34 Authors and Co-Authors. Thank you to all of you who have contacted your St. Rep. and asked them to sign on to the bill. There is a list of Co-Authors on page 6 of this newsletter. If your St. Rep. is not on the list, please contact them and ask them to co-sponsor HB 29 by Minjarez. You can find your St. Rep. and their contact information here.

someone is clearly with us, we do not want to generate a lot of calls into their office and annoy them. So, if you get a request from TPTA to take action, please do so because it means we really need your St. Rep. or St. Senator. There are efforts underway to restore the Therapy Rates that were cut in the last legislative session. The House budget writers seem to be much more empathetic to these efforts than do the Senators. But efforts will continue throughout the budgeting process. We are also working with Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) to get Physical Therapist included in the list of individuals who can determine if a student should be removed from athletic activities based on a suspected concussion. There is additional legislation that would allow PTs to be included in the Concussion Oversight Team each school district is required to form.

Some days things move very slowly in the legislative process and other times things happen with frightening speed. TPTA is represented at the Capitol every day and HB 29 has been assigned to a we will continue to advocate for the physical Subcommittee of the Public Health therapy profession. But we cannot win these Committee. A hearing has been set for April battles just with our staff and our lobbyist. 4th. Please keep an eye on your email box We need for you to be involved. So please for a call-to-action from TPTA. We will be when you do get a request from us to using targeted emails in the districts we contact your legislators do take the five need help with to ask you to contact your minutes out of your day to make the contact. elected officials. Some of you may receive It could truly make all the difference. Thanks several requests some of you may only for all your support and encouragement receive one or perhaps none. We will be and get ready for these last 60 action filled targeting the votes we are unsure of. If days. Spring 2019

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Texas PT Compact Privileges Now Being Issued Effective January 2, 2019, the PT Compact Commission began issuing Compact Privileges for Texas. The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTCC) is a state-based solution to the challenges of interstate licensure portability for PTs and PTAs designed to improve patient access to physical therapy services by giving eligible licensees in member states a faster, less expensive alternative to traditional licensure. Compact privileges are now being issued for Texas licensees to practice in another member state that is eligible to issues privileges and for licensees of other eligible member states to be able to practice in Texas. In addition to Texas, member states that are actively issuing and accepting compact privileges as of 1/2/2019 include:

North Dakota Oregon Tennessee Utah

Iowa Mississippi Missouri New Hampshire

Other member states that are projected to be ready to begin issuing compact privileges in the coming months are:

New Jersey North Carolina Oklahoma South Carolina Washington West Virginia

Arizona Colorado Kentucky Louisiana Montana Nebraska

Resources regarding state jurisprudence requirements, associated fees, eligibility requirements, and the process for purchasing a compact privilege are available at

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District news

All districts have been assigned new TPTA emails. If you need to contact your district, we suggest you use the following emails. And if you're looking to make a donation to your district, please visit that district's page on the TPTA website. All districts have donation buttons set up. CAD CD CBD ETD GEPD HOTD


Calendar of events

North Texas District

Telehealth: Creating Freedom for Providers and Access for Patients

Tuesday, April 16th 6:00-9:00pm

Therapy 2000 2535 Lone Star Drive Dallas, TX 75212

Register here!

Robert M. Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences Center 1200 E. 5th Street Tyler, TX 75701

Register here!

East Texas District Physical Therapy Talk: APTA-State Saturday, April 27th 7:30am-5:30pm of the Profession and State of the Association; Health Behavior Coaching Skills; Posture; What Difference Does it Make and Standard American Diet & Standard American Diseases

Winter 2017 Spring 2019 2018 Summer 2017

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