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Official Publication of the Texas Physical Therapy Association

Congressional Map of Texas

DIRECT ACCESS IN TEXAS


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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

TPTA DISTRICT CHAIRS:

COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

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 "Harry" A Koster, PT Kristi Trammell, PT, DPT Regina Hartnett, PT Carling Butler, PT, Dpt Spencer Church, PT, DPT 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


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EDITOR IN CHIEF Craig Tounget, CAE Executive Director ctounget@tpta.org MANAGING EDITOR Lindsey Green Communications Manager lgreen@tpta.org

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2019 Annual Conference

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

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MEMBER UPDATES Want to be a TPTA leader? Submissions for TPTA leadership positions will be open through Friday, July 5th.

Please see the TPTA website for more information about the open positions and the duties and responsibilities for those positions. https://www.tpta.org/leadership-positions President-Elect Treasurer-Elect Chief Delegate PTA Caucus Rep. Nominating Committee Delegates-at-Large

APTE AWARD WINNERS Award for Leadership in Education

Recipient of the 2019 Lucy Blair Service Award Myla "Myles" Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, MS, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and Neurologic Clinical Specialist Recipents of the 2019 Humanitarian Award Dennis O'Connell, PT, DPT, PhD and Janelle O'Connell, PT, DPT, PhD, ATC

Dr. Peggy Gleeson, PT, PhD Adopt-a-Doc Scholarship Recipient Megan Flores, PT, MPT Texas Woman's University PhD Program An Investigation of Trunk Control in Young Children with Down Syndrome Summer 2019

Congratulations to the following APTA Award winners

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT by CRAIG TOUNGET, CAE

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s you will read elsewhere in this edition of Synergy, we accomplished something the association has been seeking for at least 27 years when we were able to pass legislation to provide Direct Access to patients for physical therapy. Too many people played important roles in getting this bill through the process for me to list here. Thank you to all of you who called and emailed your St. Reps and St. Senators. The absolute hero in this fight was St. Rep. Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio). Without her dedication and determination, we would never have been able to pass this bill. We all owe her a huge thank you. There is still work to be done in the legislature. There are other issues facing the profession and we will be tackling those along with seeking to join the 15 states who have unfettered access in upcoming sessions. We will also be working with the State Board of PT Examiners to clarify some of the rules around Direct Access. In addition, we know that there will likely be payment issues that arise, and we will be working on your behalf with regulatory bodies and insurance companies. The next item on the staff’s agenda will be Annual Conference. We hope that you will join us in The Woodlands on October 12-13,

2019. This year’s conference will be a little different. We are trying a couple of new things as we continue to try to determine what sort of conference best meets the needs of our incredibly diverse membership. This year’s conference will be held over a Saturday and Sunday, instead of the traditional Friday/ Saturday. That is in part related to the hotel/ meeting space we were able to obtain, and in part to see if not having to miss a day of work/school might attract members who have not been able to attend in the past. Hope to see you in October. We are saying goodbye to a staff member this month. Georgia Bates has been our Legislative Specialist for the Legislative Session. She did a wonderful job for us in creating numerous “one-pagers” for us to hand out to Legislators throughout the Session and maintaining our “key contact” program so that we were able to reach out to the appropriate TPTA members to ask you to contact your St. Rep. or St. Sen. depending on the committees they were serving on. We will miss her creativity and enthusiasm, but we know that she will be involved in the legislative process in the future and that she will always be an advocate for physical therapy. Good luck Georgia and keep in touch.

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he Texas Delegation participated in the APTA 2019 House of Delegates (HOD) June 9-12 in Chicago. The 400+ delegates from all states and Puerto Rico considered 70 motions this year. Below are a few highlights. Further information will be published in the next few months by APTA once the minutes of the meeting are final. • RC 57-19 Health Literacy – this motion was proposed by Texas, Illinois, Georgia, Connecticut, and Ohio, working collaboratively with Texas taking the lead. The purpose of the motion was to adopt a position statement about health literacy and APTA’s support of addressing health literacy. This motion was adopted. • RC 58-19 Optimize Accessibility of Consumer-Based Communications Provided by the American Physical Therapy Association – this motion was a companion charge motion to the health literacy motion proposed by Illinois and supported by Texas, Georgia, Connecticut, and Ohio. It charges APTA to develop a plan to make all consumer-focused communications congruent with current health literacy standards. • RC 9-19 Opposition to Physician Ownership of Physical Therapy Services – this long-standing position statement was updated and retitled “Opposition to Physician Ownership of Physical Therapist Services and Self-Referral by Physicians.” This motion was adopted and a commitment among delegates was made to continue to evolve the association’s stance on physician ownership of physical therapist services to ensure that it is clear that we oppose self-referral, while remaining open to business 2017 Summer 2019

models that improve patient experience, improve the health of populations, reduce per capita cost of health care, are transparent, and keep patient choice as a primary tenet. The delegates expect to consider another motion on this topic in the 2020 HOD. • RC 60-19 Support for Participation in CDC Recommended Vaccination Schedules and RC 61-19 Charge – Promoting Public Participation in Recommended Vaccination Schedules – these motions from Pennsylvania were adopted, indicating APTA’s support for age-appropriate vaccinations and the role of PTs and PTAs in promoting age-appropriate vaccinations. • RC 62-19 Naloxone Availability Where Physical Therapist Services are Provided – this motion from New Hampshire was adopted, indicating APTA’s support for physical therapy services having naloxone available to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, consistent with recommendations from the US Surgeon General. • Numerous positions were updated with contemporary language and made consistent with other positions, and several position statements were rescinded, recognizing that they were no longer needed or considered useful. On behalf of the 25 Texas delegates, I wish to thank the TPTA members for electing us to represent you in the House of Delegates and invite you to contact your local delegate if you have any questions or desire additional information about the 2019 House of Delegates.

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THANK YOU TO THE 2019 DELEGATES WHO REPRESENTED TPTA IN CHICAGO Janet Bezner, PT, DPT, PhD, Chief Delegate Dana Tew, PT, DPT, Asst. Chief Delegate Michael Connors, PT, DPT, OCS Martha Sneary, PT, DPT, MS Steve Goffar, PT, PhD, OCS Amanda Kayser, PT, DPT, NCS Laurie Hurst, PT, DPT Herman "Harry" Koster, PT Megan Ware, PT, DPT

Mark Armstrong, PT, DPT, MS, OCS David Norris, PT, MS Jessica West, PT, DPT Jenise Engelke, PT, DPT, MBA Michael Geelhoed, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS Denise Gobert, PT, PhD, CEEAA, NCS Rupal Patel, PT, PhD Colette Pientok, PT, DPT, OCS Sarah Worth, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Kimberly Broderick, PT, SCS, OCS, ATC, CFMT, MS Jennifer Frerich PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Lois Stickley, PT, PhD Allison Smith, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Jaime Gonzalez, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS Myla Claire Quiben, PT, DPT, MS, PhD Nicole Volek, PTA, PTA Caucus Rep.

FOCUS on Member Benefits CCU TRACKING LOG As part of the new Continuing Competence Approval Program (CCAP) website, TPTA has rolled out a licensee CCU tracking log. The tracking log can be accessed on the CCAP website. You will need to log into your existing account, or create a new account in order to use this feature. Your TPTA log-in credentials will not be the same for the CCAP website, they are now independent of each other. TPTA has created a step-by-step guide for members and licensees to access the tracking log. The tracking log is not limited to TPTA members and can be used by any Texas licensee to track their CCUs. The instructions are here. The tracking log can be used to track multiple licensing Summer 2017

periods and has the capability for uploading completion certificates as well. By using the tracking log, you agree to allow the Texas Physical Therapy Licensing Board to access your log. They will use it to assist in confirming CCUs in case of audit. If complete course information and completion certificates are uploaded into the tracking log, the board may not need those documents sent to them directly. Please note that the information added into the CCU tracker will not be transferred to the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for license renewal. This is only to serve as a tracker for your personal records. Licensees will also need to enter their approved CCU courses into the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners website for license renewal.

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he 140 days of the 86th Texas Legislative Session have now come and gone. Out of the 7,324 bills filed by legislators, only 1,373 bills managed to cross the finish line and become an enacted law. 4641 bills did not make it past committee, failing to pass through the first procedural hurdle of the legislative process. Governor Abbott vetoed 56 bills, the highest number of vetoes he has issued while in office. This session was characterized by a degree of bipartisan cooperation that allowed legislators to pass major school finance and property tax reform legislation. Because of this, the 86th session was deemed a “snoozer” or “kumbaya” session by some, and many health care bills fell by the wayside as a result. For physical therapy providers, students, and patients, however, this session was historic. We are thrilled that the 86th was a successful legislative session for TPTA. We could not have accomplished all that we have without the amazing work done by those who have advocated on our behalf, and we extend our sincere gratitude for their hard work and dedication. The following is a summary of bills regarding TPTA’s legislative priorities, general healthcare and appropriations, telehealth, and initiatives promoting the physical therapy profession. TPTA’s 2019 Legislative Priorities After a decades-long fight for an issue that, to some, seemed like a lost cause, Texans finally have direct access to physical therapy. This historic win for physical therapy patients, providers, and students is largely due to the hard work, determination, and passion of the legislators, legislative staff, TPTA staff, and TPTA members who have spent several months, years, or decades advocating for direct access. H.B. 29 was filed by Representative Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio) on November 12th, 2018, the first day legislators were able to file bills for the 86th Legislature. The original language in the bill, which was introduced with the support of TPTA, gave Texas patients 30 days of direct access to treatment by Summer 2019

physical therapists who have completed 30 hours of differential diagnosis training direct access. As session began on January 8th, TPTA began producing and distributing several one-pagers to legislative offices that highlighted various aspects of direct access issue, including the reduced wait times, cost, and opioid use associated with direct access policy. We also began to grow and organize our grassroots base, recruiting patient advocates through brochures and securing member and student contacts to serve as a point of contact for legislative offices. The direct access bill made great strides in the month of February, gaining a companion bill, 13 coauthors, and 4 joint authors. H.B. 29’s companion bill, S.B. 732, was filed by Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) on February 8th, which significantly raised the likelihood of the bill’s passage. H.B. 29 was read for the first time in the House and referred to the House Public Health Committee on February 11th. During TPTA Legislative Day 2019, around 500 TPTA members, students, and advocates stormed the Capitol and engaged their legislators in conversation about the value of direct access and the practice of physical therapy. The bill gained 3 cosponsors on Legislative Day and 14 cosponsors in the two weeks following Legislative Day. Driven to secure support for direct access, advocates found creative ways to make contact with their legislators, gaining cosponsorships and yes votes through Facebook messages and elevator pitches in the Texas Capitol. Although there was widespread bipartisan support from dozens of House Members, H.B. 29 was met with some resistance in the House Public Health Committee. The committee began prioritizing mental health legislation, and the Subcommittee on Health Professions was created to hear profession specific legislation. On March 13th, H.B. 29 was referred to that subcommittee, and did not move for three weeks. Thankfully, Subcommittee on Health Professions Chairman J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville) scheduled a hearing for H.B. 29 on April 4th. Executive Director Craig Tounget and TPTA members Mark Milligan

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A LEGISLATIVE SPECIALIST and Benjamin Keene testified on behalf of TPTA in favor of the bill, and a representative from TOA and a representative of TMA testified against the bill. Following the hearing, the bill was left pending for three weeks, and its companion S.B. 732 had not been heard at that point. With only 12 days left to pass the bills through their committees, the Office of State Representative Ina Minjarez, Texas Physical Therapy Association, Texas Medical Association, and Texas Orthopaedic Association signed a compromise letter on April 18th that agreed to three changes in HB 29 language, and this strategic move put the direct access bill on a fast track to passage. The first change in the bill language gave Texas patients 15 business days of direct access to physical therapy for residency and fellowship trained physical therapists. The second change allowed Texas patients to have 10 business days of direct access to physical therapy for physical therapists either with a Doctor of Physical Therapy or with 30 hours of differential diagnosis training. Finally, the last change required that direct access patients in Texas receive a disclosure form from their physical therapist that acknowledges that physical therapists will not issue a medical diagnosis and treatment might not be covered by a patient’s health plan or insurer. The direct access bill that included the compromise measures was unanimously passed through the House Public Health Committee on April 29th, unanimously passed out of the House Chamber on May 9th, unanimously passed out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on May 15th, and unanimously passed out of the Texas Senate on May 22nd with only 28 minutes to spare before the final deadline to pass bills on to the Governor’s Desk. Direct patient access to physical therapy was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in the early evening of June 14th. The new law will become effective on September 1st of this year, and the Rules & Practice Committee of the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners will meet July 19th to begin promulgating rules enacting direct access.

Throughout session, the focus, energy, and drive that led to the successful passage of direct access diverted our time and attention away from our other legislative priorities. H.B. 3456 by Representative Four Price (R-Amarillo) was filed on March 6th and referred to the House Public Education Committee on March 18th. This bill would have granted physical therapists the right to evaluate and assess if scholastic athletes can return to a practice or game. Currently, only physicians, chiropractors, coaches, and family members can make this determination. The law states that other licensed health care providers can make the return to play call as well; however, the law is too ambiguous for other health care providers to issue those calls. The other legislative priority bill, H.B. 4005, was filed by Representative Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) on March 7th and was referred to the House Transportation Committee. This bill would have granted physical therapists the ability to issue disability parking placards to their patients. It was met with resistance by those who did not want to expand access to disability parking placards because there is an overflow of placards available to the public. Both the return to play and disability placard bills were filed late, had little momentum behind them, and ultimately failed to pass. Both these legislative issues are an opportunity TPTA will be able to pursue in the 87th Legislature in 2021. General Healthcare & Appropriations After a months-long debate, H.B. 1 by Representative John Zerwas (R-Richmond) and Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), the biennial appropriations bill that covers state budget until 2021, passed with a final price tag of $250.7 billion. Although the final budget included $84 billion for Health and Human Services programs, other legislative measures undercut Medicaid. H.B. 1 did not include funds that accounted for projected Medicaid cost growth, and the bill included a Senate proposal that essentially cut $900 million from Medicaid by ordering cost containment implementation. Last session’s Medicaid funding resulted in a budget shortfall that called for supplemental

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by GEORGIA BATES, TPTA funding. In response, supplemental budget bill S.B. 500 was passed to secure necessary funds needed for leftover expenses from Medicaid and other programs. The good news is that the final budget allocated over $49 million to provide Medicaid therapy rate increases. The $49 million of state and federal funds in the budget covers a 10% increase in Medicaid provider rates for therapy services, including physical therapy, provided in-home to children. The funds also cover an increase in reimbursement rates for therapy assistants, raising last year’s rate from 70% to 80% of the rate paid to a licensed therapist.

passed this session are a step in the right direction to improving physical therapy access and coverage, but it is clear that the fight for increased access and funding for physical therapy and healthcare in general will continue into the 2021 legislative session. Telehealth While there has been a significant uptick in telehealth use by physical therapists and other health professionals, past policies regarding coverage of telehealth services by health benefit plans and Medicaid have created barriers to reimbursement. Recognizing these challenges, Texas Legislators passed multiple bills this session designed to secure coverage and equitable reimbursement for telehealth services. H.B. 3345 by Representative Four Price (R-Amarillo) requires health benefit plans to provide coverage for a telehealth service delivered by preferred or contracted health professional on the same basis and extent that the plan provides for the service in an in-person setting. Although the bill allows health benefit plans to charge out-of-pocket costs for a covered service, the bill language clarifies that health benefit plans are not authorized to charge a separate deductible that applies only to telehealth services. Additionally, health benefit plans are prohibited from limiting or denying coverage for telehealth services based on the provider’s chosen telehealth platform, or from imposing an annual or lifetime maximum on coverage for telehealth services other than an aggregate annual or lifetime maximum on coverage that applies to all items, services, and procedures covered under the plan. Under this bill, health benefit plans are required to cover telehealth services provided by physical therapists and assistance provided by physical therapist assistants. This bill will not only benefit physical therapy providers who have struggled to receive payment parity from private payers but also benefit physical therapy patients who now have greater access to time and cost-efficient telehealth services.

Aside from the budget bills, the legislature passed several pieces of legislation providing expanded healthcare coverage and access to medical transportation services for vulnerable populations. H.B. 72 by Representative James White (R-Hillister) extends Medicaid benefits to a newly adopted child formerly under DFPS conservatorship to ensure the continuity of care following adoption. Under this bill, adoptive parents of children with a chronic health condition can opt into STAR Health Medicaid, which covers physical therapy treatment. S.B. 1207 by Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) imposes new requirements for managed care organizations aimed at reducing the number of prior authorizations and improve access to care by a specialty provider for patients with complex medical needs. Because managed care organizations frequently consider physical therapy providers to be specialty providers and require prior authorization for treatment, this bill will improve the authorization and access to physical therapy treatment. H.B. 25 by Representative Mary Gonzalez (D-Clint) creates a pilot program within the Medicaid for Pregnant Women medical transportation program that permits children to travel with their mother to her appointments. H.B. 1576 by Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) allows Medicaid to contract with ridesharing companies, such as Uber or Lyft, to provide transportation to and from a non-emergency appointment. Both H.B. 25 and H.B. 1576 eliminate transportation as a barrier to care, increasing patients’ access to physical therapy S.B. 670 by Senator Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) services covered by Medicaid. These and other bills mandates payment parity for telehealth services Summer 2019

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A LEGISLATIVE SPECIALIST covered by Medicaid, preventing Medicaid or MCOs from denying the equivalent in-person coverage for a telehealth service or changing coverage due to the telehealth platform used by the provider. The bill streamlines HHSC’s administration of telehealth in Medicaid by removing unnecessary regulatory provisions enacted in 2017 and separating Medicaid telehealth policy from Medicare telehealth policy. Through this bill, Medicaid’s restructured policy and reimbursement mandate allow HHSC to adopt swift changes in healthcare delivery, Medicaid providers to receive equitable payments, and rural and underserved Medicaid patients improved access to quick cost-effective care. State laws currently exclude physical therapy providers from receiving Medicaid reimbursement for telehealth services outside of a school-based setting. Passing future legislation that mandates Medicaid reimbursement for physical therapy telehealth providers regardless of setting would be an opportunity to positively impact the profession and increase access to low-cost care for patients. Initiatives Promoting Physical Therapy The opioid crisis emerged as a hot-button topic for legislators during the 86th, and many moved to make their mark on the issue by introducing a wide range of bills to address the crisis. H.B. 3285, carried by Representative J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville), was passed to enact preventative programs and initiatives to comprehensively address the opioid epidemic in Texas. Under the bill, prescribers or dispensers of opioids are required to attend continuing education covering multi-modal approaches to pain management, focusing on physical therapy, psychotherapy, and other treatments. Other provisions of the bill require substance abuse research and data collection, HHSC to increase opportunities for telehealth treatment for substance abuse, and opioid antagonist training and distribution. This bill’s passage affirms that physical therapy treatment is a proven non-pharmacological strategy that can prevent or eliminate chronic pain, lower opioid use, and transform pain management.

H.B. 3285 also ensures that prescribers learn more about the value of physical therapy treatment. This session, the worsening health care professional shortages in the Lone Star State caught the attention of Representative Lina Ortega (D-El Paso), who introduced H.B. 80 to find solutions that address the issue. The purpose of H.B. 80 is to remedy the shortage of health care professionals, particularly with regard to professionals with doctoral-level training. This bill commissions a study that will identify statewide and regional shortages in health professions, analyzing shortages in physical therapy and focusing on shortages of other health professions with doctoral-level training. No later than 2023, the coordinating board, consisting of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating, the Texas Health Professions Resource Center, the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, and the Texas Demographic Center, will submit evidence-based recommendations regarding strategies and programs that will meet the increased demand for health professionals in Texas. TPTA closely monitored this bill as it made its way through the legislature, and our Executive Director, Craig Tounget, registered as a witness in the bill’s House Committee meeting to support this bill on behalf of TPTA. This session, TPTA members that live within Representative Ortega’s district reached out to her office to advocate on the profession’s behalf, and we are grateful that their advocacy helped strengthen her support of physical therapy providers, students, and patients. The shortage data for physical therapists and other health providers will be crucial as we move forward in advocating not only for the profession but also for the rural and underserved patients who are in desperate need of care. TPTA saw a remarkable level of member engagement that was essential to our success during this legislative session. Together, we can carry over the momentum we have gained to help propel us forward, using the energy to continue engaging officials through facility visits and campaign events, advocating on behalf of the profession, and providing outstanding care for patients into the new decade.

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hirty-seven PTA Caucus Representatives, 8 PTA Caucus Alternate Representatives, and 5 Delegates gathered in the windy city of Chicago, IL, June 9 and 10 for the PTA Caucus Annual Meeting. David Harris, Chief Delegate presided over the meeting. PTAC Delegate Sean Bagbey was unable to attend due to illness. PTA Caucus Representatives from Arkansas, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Wyoming were not in attendance. Delaware, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and New Mexico do not have PTA Caucus Representative currently serving. The PTA Caucus Nominating Committee conducted candidate interviews and elections. Those elected to serve are: Jodi Pfeiffer (AK) and Krissa Reeves (WI) as Delegates, Vincent Nguyenpham (WA) as Alternate Delegate, and Joanne Patten (VT) to the Nominating Committee. Outgoing Delegates Sean Bagbey and Chris Noland, Alternate Delegate Jodi Pfeiffer, and outgoing Nominating Committee member, Debbie Paul, were recognized. PTAC business included updates from APTA staff Justin Moore, and Justin Elliott. APTA President Sharon Dunn congratulated the Caucus on its 50th Anniversary and continued strides to better integrate PTAs into the APTA Community. PTAC Rep and Federal Affairs Liaison Rachel Winthrop (MN) provided an update, and PT-PAC trustee Eileen Carter enthusiastically persuaded most Reps in room to donate to the PAC.

PTAC Delegates Brenda Dorman and Chris Noland led the Reps through a continuing education course titled, Aiming the Cannon – Positioning PTA Caucus Reps for Success, with a focus on the path of the PTA and the evolution of the Caucus through history, advocacy issues and paths for action, the engagement of Reps within the chapters, the vision and updated strategic pillars of the APTA, and the focus of the Caucus task forces. PTA Caucus Reps spent relevant time discussing the PTA 50th Anniversary in round-table discussions led by the 50th Anniversary Task Force. A summary of activities and resources to recognize the 50th was provided, then round-table discussions centered on what’s already been done at the chapter and district level, ideas for ways to celebrate in the second half of the year, as well as what strategies can be developed to continue to promote and engage the PTA in 2020 and beyond. Texas will be celebrating in October at the annual conference with a Gatsby theme. Updates were provided by the Communications, Membership, Practice, and Payment task forces. NEXT 2020: Save the Date! June 1-6, 2020 Phoenix, Arizona

During the House the association unveiled its future national logo, which it will begin using in the summer of 2020, coinciding with the launch of a new APTA.org. 2019 House motions were discussed with a focus on the following: • RC 17-19: Amend: Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy (HOD S06-13-22-15) • RC 32-19: Amend: Core Values for the Physical Therapist (HOD P06-18-25-33) • RC 34-19: Amend: Consumer Protection Through Licensure of Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants (HOD P06-16-08-07) • RC 69-19: Adopt: Wound Management Physical Therapy as an Area of Specialization

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