PT Role in the Opioid Crisis and Access to Rural Health Top APTA Federal Priorities

From March 31 to April 2, 300 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and physical therapy students met in Washington, DC for the 2109 APTA Federal Affairs Forum (FAF). The advocacy objectives of the FAF are set by the APTA’s Public Policy Priorities. These policies are developed every two years in conjunction with each new Congress. During…

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Bills to Update our Physical Therapy Practice Act on Hold

HB701 and SB547, our two companion bills to update the Hawaii physical therapy practice act to include dry needling, are on hold until the 2020 legislative session. The House version is currently waiting to be heard in the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce (CPC). Unfortunately, HB701 is not scheduled for a hearing and…

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Celebrating KCC’s Pro Bono PT Clinic Opening and getting SPTAs involved in 2019!

I visited Kapiolani Community College (KCC) on 01-30-19 to engage our future PTAs but arrived to find the PTA program celebrating day one of their new pro bono PT clinic. Uninsured patients are seen at no charge by PTs and SPTAs primarily for neuro PT services. This health science department collaborative also involves certified occupational…

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CSM 2019 in Washington DC Was a Chance To Redefine Who We Are

Attending CSM in Washington, DC from January 23-26 and representing HAPTA was inspiring. We opened with Dr. Jerome Adams, US Surgeon General, who called for us to engage in collective futures together with new partnerships. His public health perspective is timely as we look at health promotion and wellness as a means to prevent injuries…

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Get Ready to Submit Testimony for HAPTA Dry Needling and Health and Wellness Bill

Legislation has been introduced on behalf of HAPTA that would allow PTs in Hawaii to use dry needling and would also specify that “promotion and maintenance of fitness, health, and quality of life in all age populations” is part of the definition of physical therapy in Hawaii. Introduced by Senator Rosalyn Baker and Representative John…

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Sample Testimony Letter HB701/SB547

Dear Chair and Committee Members: I am a physical therapist in Hawaii. I strongly support HB701/SB547 and the proposed changes to the Physical Therapy Practice Act. These changes will modernize physical therapy practice in Hawaii and will allow physical therapists to treat patients at their highest level of training and education. Prevention of disability and…

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HAPTA Proposing to Include Dry Needling within PT Scope of Practice

After years of preparation, the HAPTA Legislative Committee is moving forward with a bill to add dry needling to the Hawaii PT Practice Act. This bill will focus on three changes: removing a prohibitive practice clause that prevents the puncturing of intact skin, stating that dry needling is within PT scope of practice, and including…

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National Physical Therapy Month 2018 Slipper Drive Collection Sites

Download a flyer to print and display on your collection box. HAWAII (BIG ISLAND) North Hawaii Community Hospital 67-1125 Mamalahoa Highway Kamuela, HI 96743 Queens Medical Center- North Hawaii 67-1125 Mamalahoa Hwy Waimea, HI 96743 KAUAI Aloha Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy 4480 Hookui Road Kilauea, HI 96754 Hawaii Sports and Balance Center 3088 Aukele…

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2018 Legislative Session Priority Bill Recap

The 2018 Hawaii legislative session ended earlier in May. Here’s an update about some of the priority legislation that HAPTA followed and wants to let you know about. Bills That Passed It’s now a felony to injure a healthcare worker. We have all heard stories about therapists getting kicked, punched or injured by patients. HB1906…

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Humana Still Requires Prior Authorization for Most PT in Hawaii

At the end of 2017, when we learned that Humana would no longer require prior authorization for physical therapy, we rejoiced! But we heard – and have now confirmed – that Hawaii’s Humana administrator, MDX, can and still does require prior authorization for PT (except immediately after hospitalization and surgery). Read the attached chart for…

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