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APTA - Take Action

The link above will take you to APTA's Take Action page, which contains various resources to get involved and to contact your legislators.

Practice of Dry Needling in PA

Update on Dry Needling in Pennsylvania (Response letter from the PA State Board of PT to the PPTA/Legal Counsel 7.9.12)

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Compact Legislation



What Is It?

The Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association is currently working with the PA Legislature to introduce a bill (HB1836) to the House and Senate to provide Pennsylvania PT/PTA’s to participate in the Interstate Physical Therapy Compact Agreements.

The Physical Therapy Compact Licensure (PTCL) is a contract whereby individual states agree to join the Compact allowing physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in those participating states to practice in any of the other participating states under its laws and rules without being licensed in each state. Each PT/PTA must hold a current and valid license in at least one state. The fee for compact privileges in 2018 is $45 and starting July 9, 2018, Missouri, North Dakota and Tennessee will start issuing compact licenses.

What States Are Participating?

21 states have enacted the PTCL: Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi (issuing privileges,) Missouri (issuing privileges,) Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota (issuing privileges,) Oklahoma, Oregon (issuing privileges,) South Carolina, Tennessee (issuing privileges,) Texas, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.

How Can I Help?

Please contact your local representative to ask them to show support for bill HB 1386. Find and contact your local legislator.

Keep up to date as to where the bill stands with Pennsylvania legislation. Type in “HB 1386” under section “by bill number.”

Where Can I Learn More?

The Physical Therapy Compact Commission (PTCC) has a stated goal to issue compact privileges to PT's and PTA's with a license in their home state to then apply for Compact privileges and then practice in those states by mid-2018. This will allow therapists access to practice in more than a single state with a single license plus compact privilege. Licensing will be completed on the PT Compact website.

The Commission has developed an online system that will automatically verify PT and PTA eligibility to obtain compact privileges. The plan is for PT's and PTA's to be able to use their Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) identification number to verify their eligibility and select the member states they wish to purchase compact privileges to work in. You will have a FSBPT ID if you have ever purchased a product from the FSBPT (including PEAT or an exam registration), a graduate from a CAPTE-accredited school, or have been issued an alternate identification number from FSBPT. If you do not know your FSBPT number, you can look it up on the FSBPT website.

Please refer to their website for more information about the process. They have many helpful resources available.

What Does This Mean For Our Profession?

If passed into Pennsylvania law, it would help military families when they receive PCS, permanent change of station orders. The military spouse would be able to use the compact legislation to work in the new state without the long process of filling out paperwork and waiting to get a license for each state they move to. They would experience improved quality of life and have opportunities to start looking for work with less waiting and paperwork.

What if you lived in the Philadelphia area and worked for a large company that has physical therapy clinics in multiple states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia or Delaware? If all four states participated in the compact legislation you would only need a Pennsylvania license and a compact license to practice in all three states. This would provide you a better opportunity to cover sites for your company without having to get a license for each state.

What Does It Mean For You And Our Patients?

If your home state is Pennsylvania and you want to start travel physical therapy, the compact legislation can help. You would be able to use a compact legislation license to practice in any of the participating states and only apply for licenses in states that are not participating. It would allow less paperwork, less time waiting for the paperwork to be processed and allow you to start working in a participating state sooner as you do not have to wait on being licensed. It could also benefit physical therapists looking to do a residency or fellowship program outside of their home state. One of the goals of the compact legislation is to allow flexibility to practice under a single license in multiple states.

The Compact Legislation improves public access to physical therapy services in under-served areas by decreasing the barriers of therapists/therapist assistants crossing state lines to provide needed services or allow opportunities for patients/clients to see a specialist as allowed by state law.