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Committee Chair Letter

Cristina Faucheux, PT

By Cristina Faucheux, PT

While we may not wear capes, we possess a superpower in our ability to heal
others. Our capacity to diagnose and treat the movement system transcends many
levels, promoting healing and well-being in our patients. As a practitioner in
the business of delivering physical therapy services, we play a crucial role
in driving and managing change within our organizations.

We often face challenges and uncertainties. Change is a constant in the
business world, driven by factors such as technological advancements, market
dynamics, payor policies, and regulatory guidelines. We must navigate and lead
our companies through these changes to remain competitive and sustainable. Our
ability to adapt to new situations and persevere in the face of difficulties
reflects a superhero-like resilience.

In order to bring about change on the legislative front, a coalition has been
formed with APTA, AOTA, and ASHA regarding Medicare reform principles APTA
Private Practice would like to achieve. Many times, conversations on the hill
center around physicians, and challenges for non-physicians are often
overlooked. The coalition believes that much-needed legislation required to
bring about positive change in the Medicare arena includes:

  • Eliminating multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR)
  • Adding Physical Therapists to the list of providers that can opt out of
    Medicare
  • Standardizing Medicare’s supervision requirements of physical therapist
    assistants from direct to general supervision
  • Addressing the administrative burden surrounding the requirement of a signed
    plan of care
  • Supporting the Strengthening Medicare for Patients and Providers Act
    (H.R.2474), which calls for an annual inflationary update to Medicare
    reimbursement
  • Making MIPS and the Quality Payment Program generally more relevant and
    responsive to rehabilitation therapy for therapists to have meaningful
    participation in the program

Developing a coalition and advocating on behalf of our shared priorities of
rehabilitation therapists can create momentum and increase our impact with
stakeholders.

Key aspects of effective advocacy are building alliances, raising awareness,
engaging with stakeholders, and mobilizing the public. As we confront the
beliefs that we are mere technicians and our reimbursement does not align
properly with our relevance, a valuable tool at our disposal is the data from
the Value of PT Study. This data serves as compelling evidence, demonstrating
that we contribute significantly as a net benefit to the healthcare system. In
2024, our efforts will not only focus on using this data but also strategies
involving patient coalitions and targeted grassroots advocacy.

Speaking of grassroots, the Key Contact Sub-Committee has performed remarkable
work over the last year and an impressive number of over 540 members have
answered the call to be involved as an advocate for legislative change and
agreed to be a key contact. This is a testament to the dedication and passion
of advocates in the APTA Private Practice Section that are willing to roll up
their sleeves and cultivate relationships with their member of congress to
transform existing regulations and laws to eliminate hurdles that exist with
accessing physical therapy services. 

If you are interested in being a catalyst for change and serving as a
resource to your member of Congress, volunteer to be an APTA Private
Practice Key Contact.