Public Policy and Advocacy Committee

The Public Policy and Advocacy Committee is responsible for identifying, prioritizing, and managing current and emerging public policy issues that impact the provision of physical therapy services and empowers members with information to be engaged in Association policy efforts.
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Advocacy Micro-Learning Series

Part One: "Physical Therapy Advocacy in Action"

Part Two: "PT Advocacy in Action: The Legislative Process"


Co-worker email script to advocate to prevent 9% cut 

Advocacy Opportunities 

Free Webinar Recording: Review of 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule and Efforts To Fight the 9% Cut 

APTA staff has recorded a 35-minute presentation about the proposed 2021 CMS Physician Fee Schedule Rule that includes a review of the rule (1:08); APTA’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts to fight the 9% cut, including press and social media (9:18); and ways that you and others can get involved, including our grassroots efforts (28:36). Please share this presentation with others who you think may be interested in learning more about the rule, current APTA efforts, and opportunities for both members and nonmembers to advocate against a pay cut that will impact the profession at a time when access to quality patient care is critical.

Fight the 9% Cut – Advocacy Opportunities

We’re at a critical crossroads. The profession needs your voice and we need it now. Contact your Members of Congress. Contact your Members of Congress and let them know that Congress must take immediate action to stop the 9% cut. Taking action now and in the days ahead is vital to the future of the profession and patients. Template letters are available for both members and non-members, including the general public.

Submit comments to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

It is very important that everyone submit comments to CMS in response to the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, which includes the proposal to cut payment to physical therapy by an estimated 9%. Tell CMS that it must stop the 9% cut to physical therapy. APTA offers publicly accessible, customizable template letters for PTs/PTAs/students and patients to use to submit to CMS via APTA’s Regulatory Action Center

View the instructions on how to submit comments to CMS.

Committee Members

Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair
Megan Itell
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Mark Boland
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Lydia Twiford
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Cassie Mountz
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Randi Dahms - Student Member

Payment Specialists

Thomas Howell - Chair
Richard DiGiacomo Jr.

Deborah Ludwig
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Federal Affairs Liaison

Jonathan Morren
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