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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State Laws and Regulations Governing Dry Needling Performed by PTs
State Laws and Regulations Governing Dry Needling Performed by PTs

The laws pertaining to the practice of dry needling by physical therapists differ from state to state. To provide clarity on this matter, APTA created this infographic to highlight which states allow, prohibit, or have no specific provisions (silent) regarding dry needling. Please note that the dat Continue Reading

Date posted11/9/2023


The Largest Commercial Payer in Each State
The Largest Commercial Payer in Each State

The article lists the largest commercial payers in each state by total enrollment, according to data and analytics firm ValuePenguin. The data was sourced from S&P Capital IQ for calendar year 2022, the most recent annual data available. Total enrollment includes group and individual health plans, b Continue Reading

Date posted10/23/2023


Psychosocial Concerns while Treating Women: A Comprehensive Overview
Psychosocial Concerns while Treating Women: A Comprehensive Overview

In the realm of women's health and reproductive medicine, the focus extends far beyond the mere physiology and pathology of the female body. It encompasses a complex interplay of physiological, psychological, and social factors that significantly influence the onset and outcome... Continue Reading

Postedby Khushali Harishbhai Trivedi
Date posted09/27/2023


Review General Lawmaking Processes with an APTA Legislative Specialist
Review General Lawmaking Processes with an APTA Legislative Specialist

This webinar provides an overview of general lawmaking processes and discusses current legislative efforts to standardize postpartum pelvic physical therapy. Join the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy in advocating for our patients... Continue Reading

Postedby Danielle Tiongson
Date posted09/14/2023


Student-Led Flash Action Strategy to Support Pelvic Health
Student-Led Flash Action Strategy to Support Pelvic Health

This free webinar was presented by Kim Parker-Guerrero (Director of Practice), Gail Zitterkopf (Federal Affairs Liaison), and our Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) during which they discussed the student-led APTA Flash Action Strategy and H.R. 2480 Optimizing Postpartum outcomes Act. Watch this Continue Reading

Postedby Kim Parker-Guerrero
Date posted09/14/2023


Support the Optimizing Postpartum Outcomes Act H.R. 2480
Support the Optimizing Postpartum Outcomes Act H.R. 2480

Interested in supporting your profession? Not sure how to become more involved? Limited on time? Begin your support with a few easy steps in under 2 minutes to support the profession. Download the APTA Advocacy App Select “Federal Action Center.” Select “APTA Member”... Continue Reading

Postedby Gail Heather Zitterkopf
Date posted07/12/2023


Pelvic Health PT's Must Take Part in Ending the Black Maternal Health Crisis!
Pelvic Health PT's Must Take Part in Ending the Black Maternal Health Crisis!

Back in April, for Black Maternal Health Week, our local organization, the Hudson Valley Birth Network- a group of birth professionals including Physical Therapists, Midwives, Doulas, Mental Health practitioners and other specialists- screened the powerful documentary “Aftershock”. Continue Reading

Postedby Melissa S. Keras-Donaghy
Date posted06/22/2023


CMS Seeks Your Input by November 4, 2022!
CMS Seeks Your Input by November 4, 2022!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a request for information (RFI) on Sept. 6, 2022, which seeks public input on accessing healthcare and related challenges, understanding provider experiences, advancing health equity, and assessing the impact of waivers and flexibilities pr Continue Reading

Postedby Gail Heather Zitterkopf
Date posted10/31/2022


Ask Your Representative to Support Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
Ask Your Representative to Support Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Pelvic health physical therapy is a vital part of recovery in the postpartum period. However, many new mothers lack access to and awareness of the benefits of pelvic health physical therapy. Even some health care providers may not understand the importance of pelvic health physical therapy in the po Continue Reading

Postedby Gail Heather Zitterkopf
Date posted09/27/2022


Key Highlights from the APTA State Payment Advocacy Forum
Key Highlights from the APTA State Payment Advocacy Forum

Robust discussion between physical therapists (PTs), policymakers, and insurance companies was facilitated to examine the reimbursement process.  In addition, states shared strategies for permanent telehealth coverage, and participants were encouraged to use data and infographics to demonstrate the Continue Reading

Postedby Kari Nies Smith
Date posted08/22/2022


Ask Your Representative to Cosponsor H.R. 8181
Ask Your Representative to Cosponsor H.R. 8181

Ask Your Representative to Cosponsor H.R. 8181 and Raise Awareness of the Importance of Postpartum Care Continue Reading

Postedby Gail Heather Zitterkopf
Date posted07/14/2022


Pelvic Health Bill Introduced in House of Representatives
Pelvic Health Bill Introduced in House of Representatives

Thanks to the hard work of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy’s Pre-Natal & 4th Trimester Legislative Task Force and APTA advocates, legislation addressing pelvic health physical therapy was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 8181) by Congresswomen Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-W Continue Reading

Postedby Kim Parker-Guerrero
Date posted07/1/2022