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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 [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.

Legislative News:
 

MPTA Endorsements for the 2018 Election

posted: October 02, 2018

MPTA Endorsements for the 2018 Election - If you are a constituent - Please thank them.   

Better yet, VOTE for them in 2018.

Julie  M. Rogers, PT Incumbent – 5th District  K’zoo  County Commissioner
Sen Jim Ananich D-27 (Flint) Incumbent
Rep Tommy Brann R-77 (Wyoming) Incumbent
Rep Winne Brinks D-76 (Grand Rapids) now running for Senate District 29
Rep Scott Dianda D-110 (Calumet) now running for Senate District 38
Sen Marty Knollenberg R-13 (Troy) Incumbent
Rep Donna Lasinski D-52 (Ann Arbor) Incumbent
Sen Margaret O’Brien  R-20  (Portage) Incumbent
Rep Kristy Pagan D-21 (Canton) Incumbent 
Sen Rebekah Warren  D-18 (Ann Arbor) now running for House District 55
Rep Jeff Yaroch R-33 (Richmond) Incumbent
Sen Dale Zorn R-17 (Ida) Incumbent

 

Legislators not running in 2018 -

MPTA sincerly thanks the following for supporting physical therapy:

Sen Darwin Booher  R-35 (Evart)
Rep Pam Faris  D-48 (Clio)
Sen Vincent Gregory  D-11 (Lathrup Village)
Rep Adam Zemke D-55 (Ann Arbor)

 

 

Disability Parking Placard - Understanding the requirements and what you need to do

posted: September 26, 2018

MPTA has created a resource document to help physical therapists who choose to approve the need for disability parking placards as allowed by Public Act 62 of 2018.

Click here to view the document.  

 

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.  

 


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