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The MPTA Legislative Committee works with the MPTA Lobbyist Firm, Muchmore, Harrington, and Smalley (login required) and the MPTA Board of Directors. This committee is a resource for MPTA members to get answers to specific questions regarding legislation in Michigan. Advocacy and Legislation at a National level is handled by APTA. Contact the MPTA office with your question at mpta@mpta.com

If you have questions about any of the legislative issues please contact the MPTA office with your question at mpta@mpta.com

If you would like to become more involved in legislative issues please see Action Steps for PT.

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Legislative News:
 

Legislative Update - Legislation passed that will impact physical therapy and other health professions

posted: May 25, 2018

A large package of bills passed the Michigan State House this week that has an impact on many health care professions, including the practice of physical therapy:

  • PTs/PTAs will be added as mandated reporters of child abuse
  • Penalties for not reporting suspected child abuse are increased
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services must produce training materials for mandated reporters
  • The Michigan Board of Physical Therapy, in consultation with the MPTA/APTA (which will include the Section on Women’s Health) and other stakeholders, will be required to develop standards of practice for invasive pelvic floor procedures
  • Retention of medical records for patients who receive invasive pelvic floor procedures will be 15 years, instead of the standard 7 years
  • When providing invasive pelvic floor procedures to minors, another staff member must be present in the room, though the patient can waive this requirement

Overall, MPTA is pleased with this package.  We have been working on being added to the list of mandated reporters for several years, and having interventions for the pelvic floor being explicitly added to our scope of practice will be a great outcome.  

 

 

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse - HB544 Introduced January 24

posted: January 29, 2018

The MPTA is pleased to announce House bill HB544 was introduced by Rep. Jeff Yaroch (33rd District), which would add Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants as mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse or child neglect.  The bill was introduced on January 24, 2018,  and has been referred to the Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors.  The bill has several co-sponsors, representing a bipartisan group. This was one of MPTAs legislative priorities, and we are confident the bill will pass out of committee and onto the full House in the near future!!!  Look for action alerts to come.


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