NCPTA sent 11 representatives, including 7 students, to the APTA Federal Advocacy Forum April 29 – May 1, 2018 to visit with their U.S Representatives and Senators from North Carolina. Sunday evening attendees participated in a town hall meeting with APTA Government Affairs staff and Monday was spent learning about the issues presently facing therapists in Washington and preparing for Hill visits on Tuesday.
Representing NCPTA were President Kyle Covington, former NCPTA President Dean McCall, Nominating Chair and PPS representative Eileen Carter, and Executive Director Nancy Garland. Besides President Covington, a professor at Duke, 3 Duke DPT students attended the forum – Andrew Batchhelder, Ben Schmidt and Katie Scaff. Two DPT students from Winston Salem State University (WSSU) served as APTA key contacts to Rep. Virginia Fox – Sam Lucier and Jonathan McHone. Dean McCall, program director of the PTA program at Martin Community College, brought 2 PTA students from Martin – Evan Singlar and Alex Pearson.
North Carolina Senator Tom Tillis won the APTA Public Service Award for including a provision in the Defense Authorization Bill that allows for the coverage of services provided by PTAs under Tricare. Tillis was also a sponsor of the bill to repeal the Medicare cap. PTA services will not be covered, however, until regulations are issued in the next year or two allowing for coverage.
The North Carolina delegation met with Rep. Foxx’s office to discuss the PROSPER Act which would limit the amount of federal student loans that students could receive. This limitation would adversely affect doctoral PT students. Rep. Foxx, Chair of the House Committee on Education and Workforce, introduced the PROSPER Act. Since Rep. Foxx was not in Washington during the Forum, the WSSU students and faculty will visit with her in Winston-Salem and will invite her to visit the WSSU PT program.
When visiting with their legislators, the NC representatives thanked the legislators who had supported repealing the cap. Other issues that were discussed with the Members of Congress were how PTs are part of the solution for the opioid crisis, not part of the problem, and the Sports Licensure Clarity Act which would provide licensure clarification and legal protections for PTs who practice across state lines when they travel with professional and collegiate teams or other athletes.
|Garner Squeaks Through Primary
Physical therapist, Dr. Ginger Garner of Emerald Isle, won in a close Democratic primary for the Second District 2 the North Carolina Senate against Dorothea White. Garner received 3,928 votes which was 50.46% of the vote and White garnered 3,856 votes which was 49.54% of the vote. Based on the margin of the win there is a chance of a recount. District 2 covers Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico counties. READ MORE
|Rulemaking Season is Upon Us
CMS released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (PPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital PPS proposed rule in late April.
A few highlights of the IPPS rule include:
- Projected increase of 3.4% of operating payments or an increase of $4 billion to acute care hospitals.
- CMS will eliminate 25 percent threshold policy in a budget neutral manner to maintain aggregate LTCH payments at the estimated levels. READ MORE
|Aging Policy Listening Sessions
The NC Division of Aging and Adult Services will hold Aging Policy Listening Sessions around the state in May and June. These Listening Sessions, which are co-hosted by the NC Association of Area Agencies on Aging, will help identify the needs of the state’s older citizens, disabled adults, and their caregivers. The information gathered will be used to inform North Carolina’s 2019-2023 Aging Services Plan. Attendees may register to speak upon arrival at the meetings or in advance by completing the on-line Listening Session Sign-Up Form. Speakers will be limited to three minutes and are encouraged to provide a written copy of their comments when registering. SEE DATES AND LOCATIONS
NCPTA Nominating Committee Soliciting Candidates
The NCPTA Nominating Committee has been very busy soliciting names for this year’s elections. They are asking you to consider placing your name on the 2018 Slate for the following positions:
If you are interested in in running, please submit your name or any questions to the NCPTA Nominating Committee Chair: Eileen Rodri Carter, PT, DPT, MBA at email@example.com