Practice & Advocacy

Gain valuable insights, resources, and strategies to strengthen your professional journey and equip yourself with knowledge and tools to help advocate for the advancement of the pelvic health physical therapy profession! Stay informed on the latest legislative issues that impact Physical Therapists (PTs), Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs), Physical Therapy Students (SPTs), and the patients and clients we serve on a state and federal level.

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Contribute to our Practice & Advocacy Series! Are you an Academy member who has legislative and advocacy experience as it relates to pelvic and abdominal health physical therapy? Our members would love to hear from you! Consider contributing an educational blog post about your experiences at APTA Capitol Hill Day or at your local state level legislative events.

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Pelvic Health Payment and Policy / May 2024 Updates
Pelvic Health Payment and Policy / May 2024 Updates

The new policy, effective September 4, 2024, brings a significant change by prohibiting noncompete agreements for future employment arrangements and rendering existing ones unenforceable. An employer is now required to provide “clear and conspicuous notice” to an employee with an existing noncompete Continue Reading

Postedby Kari Nies Smith
Date posted05/16/2024


We are Seeking Members to Join the Pelvic Health Outcome Tool Task Force
We are Seeking Members to Join the Pelvic Health Outcome Tool Task Force

Develop an updated master list of approved outcome tools for pelvic health physical therapy. Share the final approved outcome tool document for final distribution to Academy members Continue Reading

Date posted05/15/2024


Join APTA Advocacy Efforts, Add Your Voice to APTA Capitol Hill Day
Join APTA Advocacy Efforts, Add Your Voice to APTA Capitol Hill Day

Today, over 230 passionate advocates from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) are making their voices heard on Capitol Hill. As part of APTA Capitol Hill Day, these advocates are rallying behind three crucial bills aimed at advancing the physical therapy profession and improving health Continue Reading

Postedby Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
Date posted04/16/2024


APTA Federal Affairs Briefing Memo | March 2024
APTA Federal Affairs Briefing Memo | March 2024

As providers continue to deal with cash flow interruptions in the wake of the largest-ever cyberattack on the U.S. health care system, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has stepped in to offer some temporary relief. Continue Reading

Date posted03/31/2024


FDA & Dilators Update from APTA | March 2024
FDA & Dilators Update from APTA | March 2024

Thank you to all of our members who have contacted the APTA and the Academy to seek clarification on the evolving FDA and dilators issue. We are providing a brief update below as APTA National continues to investigate. Continue Reading

Date posted03/25/2024


APTA Public Policy & Advocacy: Overview, H.R. 2480, and How You Can Help
APTA Public Policy & Advocacy: Overview, H.R. 2480, and How You Can Help

In this webinar, Gail Zitterkopf and Brian Allen, APTA Congressional Affairs Specialist, discussed how Congress’s decisions affect our profession, provide an update on H.R. 2480, and talk about how YOU can be an advocate for pelvic health! Continue Reading

Date posted03/13/2024


APTA | Falls Prevention Legislation Introduced
APTA | Falls Prevention Legislation Introduced

On Monday, March 11th, APTA-supported legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would expand the role of falls screening and prevention by physical therapists and include PT falls prevention-related services in Medicare's "welcome" visit and annual wellness visits. Continue Reading

Date posted03/12/2024


Millicent M. McFarland Selected as the APTA Capitol Hill Day Early-Professional Scholar!
Millicent M. McFarland Selected as the APTA Capitol Hill Day Early-Professional Scholar!

Millicent Marie McFarland, PT, DPT has been named the APTA Capitol Hill Day Scholarship Recipient by the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. In April 2024, Millicent will be in Washington, D.C. from April 14-16, 2024 to connect, advocate, and make an impact alongside the Academy's Federal Aff Continue Reading

Date posted03/11/2024


Support the Remove Duplicative Unnecessary Clerical Exchanges (REDUCE) Act (H.R. 7279)
Support the Remove Duplicative Unnecessary Clerical Exchanges (REDUCE) Act (H.R. 7279)

Reps. Don Davis and Lloyd Smucker introduced the REDUCE Act (H.R. 7279) to reduce the unnecessary burden on providers. If passed, the bipartisan bill would allow the plan of care to be deemed certified as long as it is submitted to the physician within 30 days. Email your House lawmaker today! Continue Reading

Postedby Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
Date posted02/29/2024


2024 APTA Capitol Hill Day Early-Professional Scholarship
2024 APTA Capitol Hill Day Early-Professional Scholarship

The Academy of Pelvic Health would like to financially assist one (1) local area early professional member (0-5 years in practice) to participate in the Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C.  Continue Reading

Date posted02/13/2024


Applications now being accepted for the 2024 APTA Harker Internship in Government Affairs
Applications now being accepted for the 2024 APTA Harker Internship in Government Affairs

The APTA Harker Internship is an annual paid internship in Government Affairs for third year DPT students. The internship duration is approximately 6-8 weeks, usually during the late spring/early summer timeframe, and provides experience in federal legislative advocacy, policy, and grassroots. One s Continue Reading

Postedby Kim Parker-Guerrero
Date posted02/5/2024


Help Us Reach 15K Signatures! Petition to Urge Life Time Fitness to Cease Use of DPT Trademark
Help Us Reach 15K Signatures! Petition to Urge Life Time Fitness to Cease Use of DPT Trademark

Life Time Fitness, a prominent health and wellness company started using a new trademark: 'DPT' in reference to their Dynamic Personal Training program and Dynamic Personal Trainer title. This trademark is causing confusion among consumers who associate the acronym 'DPT' with Doctors of Physical The Continue Reading

Date posted11/30/2023