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 [email protected]
If you have questions about any of the legislative issues please contact the MPTA office with your question at [email protected]
If you would like to become more involved in legislative issues please see Action Steps for PT.
The support and participation of all MPTA members is much appreciated as we continue this investment in our future. If you have any suggestions, questions, answers or want to get more involved in any other way, please contact the MPTA office.
We are very excited to announce the introduction of Senate Bill (SB) 612 which seeks to reform prior authorization practices in Michigan. This bill is the result of our collaboration with a large provider and consumer advocacy group coalition called Health Can’t Wait. The legislation is but 1 component of the this campaign that also includes consumer education and collection of patient stories.
The bill is sponsored by Senator Curt Vanderwall (Benzie, Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon and Wexford). The most important parts of the bill that impact physical therapy include:
Please contact your State Senator and State Representative NOW and tell them about the adverse impact that prior authorization is having on our ability to deliver medically, necessary care to our patients. For more information on the Health Can’t Wait coalition and to submit your patients’ stories, visit https://www.healthcantwait.org/
MPTA Members participatedin the APTA State Policy and Payment Forum (SPPF) on September 14.
John Zubek provided these notes about the experience~
A first timer’s perspective attending the State Policy and Payment Forum
OVERWHELMING support! For our patients, for our profession. That’s the message I hear while sitting in a room of a few hundred Physical Therapy representatives from every state in the U.S. As I looked around, I saw clinic owners, administrators, lobbyists, chapter presidents, payment specialists and staff physical therapists. Here are few of my takeaways from the Forum:
Those that attended are pictures below left to right: John Zubek (Leg Ctte), Barb Herzog (Payment Specialist), Jena Colon (Leg Director) and Karen Frederick (Shorelines Editor and member of the APTA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee - PPAC).