Commit to the Future of Your Profession

With an MPTA membership you are directly supporting and elevating the physical therapy profession.  The MPTA provides advocacy, development of resources, and public education so clinicians like yourself can maximize patient care.  We are stronger in numbers, and only together can the MPTA provide support to ensure proper payment for your services, advocacy for legislation that benefits you and your patients, and protection of your scope of practice.

Health professions are not well-defined, established, nor entitled to continue as they currently are.  There are many factors that influence the course of a profession such as changes in payment policy by federal and private payers and changes in state regulations that govern health professional practice.

The only unified voice that the profession has to confront challenges to physical therapy is the American Physical Therapy Association and its components, including the Michigan Physical Therapy Association.   It is important that you realize that the Association is run and funded by its members.  It does not just exist as some separate, independent entity that is funded by somebody else.  It is our organization and it has been absolutely critical in shaping the profession that it is today.

Here is a summary of the work performed by your MPTA in the year of 2018 as guided by our strategic plan:

Continuing Competence - MPTA will facilitate accessibility, understanding, opportunity and record keeping of Professional Development Requirements (PDR's) required for re-licensure for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in Michigan.

Payment - MPTA will ensure that third party payer policies are consistent with current professional standards of practice and Michigan state law

Legislative Advocacy - MPTA will ensure statutory and regulatory language that reflects current scope and standards of practice for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

  • Passage of Public Act 62 of 2018 which allows physical therapists to make disability determinations for the issuance of disability parking placards
  • Promotion of legislation that adds physical therapists as mandatory reporters of child abuse to similar to nearly every other licensed health profession
  • Membership in the Coalition to Protect Auto No Fault (CPAN) to help protect Michigan's auto fault laws
  • Establishing a foundation for the introduction of legislation to add Michigan to the Physical Therapy Interstate Licensure Compact

Physical Therapy Identity – MPTA will promote recognition of the breadth and depth of physical therapy services and as experts in the Management of movement dysfunction.

Member Engagement – Enhance the quality and value of Association membership to increase membership size and member engagement.

 

REMEMBER, your membership also includes all the work done by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).   Check out the APTA 2018 Year in Review and see the value of your membership!

These accomplishments over the past year are the result of thousands of hours of selfless volunteerism from the MPTA leadership from committee members up through the executive committee.  And, the above list does not include all of the routine but critical functions of the MPTA to include:

  • Ongoing monitoring of legislative and payment issues
  • Coordination with APTA for various operations-related tasks
  • Development of website resources
  • Shorelines quarterly newsletter
  • Answering member questions about payment and practice
  • Operations support for the MPT-PAC, the MPTA Institute for Research and Education, and the Student Relations Committee

We are guided by our Strategic Plan, and have worked hard to align our budget with that Plan and the many initiatives it has generated.  MPTA is an organization that represents clinicians who treat patients across the lifespan and the continuum of care, and since value is a matter of perspective, we have tried to ensure that MPTA initiatives are perceived as valuable across the entire membership.

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