March 29, 2019

MPTA is proud to announce it has joined the Health Can’t Wait coalition, a growing and exciting partnership of patients, health care providers, and patient advocacy associations dedicated to putting Michigan patients first and ending delays in patients’ access to health care.

Health can’t wait. It’s a reality that health care providers understand and patients experience. Tragically, insurance company bureaucracy too often stands between patients and the medicine, treatment, or testing  they need.

Prior authorization, step therapy, and fail first requirements hamstring treatment, drive up prescription nonadherence and lead to diminished health.

That’s why Michigan patients, patient advocacy groups, health care providers, and practice staff are speaking out about the devastating impact prior authorization has on the state’s patient community.

We hope you’ll stand with us.  You can learn more about the coalition, its many members, about the reforms Michigan patients deserve, and about ways you can get involved by visiting the coalition online at HealthCantWait.org.  We also invite you to like our page on Facebook

If you’ve experienced health care delays or denials because of the reckless use of prior authorization or step therapy, we hope you’ll also visit the website and share your story.  Your experiences matter most, and they may make all the difference in the fight for reform.

Health Can’t Wait was created to defend patients against these costly, onerous, and dangerous payer practices. The initiative is bringing together the state’s leading physician and health care associations and organizations to speak with a single, clear voice and tell policymakers it’s time to put Michigan patients first.

The good news is, Michigan patients aren’t in this alone. They’ve got champions, and we’re ready to fight.

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March 26, 2019

MPTA continues its efforts at prior authorization reform.  MPTA has requested another meeting with BCBSM to discuss current and future utilization management program.  The most recent letter to BCBSM, dated March 22, is posted on the payment page under MPTA Correspondence re: eviCore.

Additionally, the MPTA has joined a large coalition of patients, health care providers, and patient-support groups working together to reform prior authorization in Michigan.  This coalition, Health Can’t Wait, seeks to put patients first by ending denials of and dangerous delays in patients’ access to health care. MPTA and its fellow coalition partners are pleased to announce the opening of the Health Can’t Wait website and encourages all physical therapists and physical therapists assistants to direct their patients to the website to share their stories. These stories will be critical for engaging policymakers at all levels in addressing this growing problem.  Go to https://www.healthcantwait.org/ for more information.

 

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March 05, 2019

 

Lunch 11:30-1:00 in the State Capitol.  We will let your legislator know you are attending!

Cick here to register for lunch

Join your colleagues in Lansing on April 9, 2019 for MPTA's Legislative Advocacy Day. We have important legislative priorities for 2019 including the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (SB 22) which has already been introduced by Senator Zorn! We have many other legislative priorities to inform our legislators of including mandatory reporting, auto no-fault reform and our continued fight against the burden of prior authorization,

  • Join MPTA and your colleagues for a delicious lunch with Legislators! MPTA will provide "talking points" for this event; please do not worry about what you will say - the MPTA talking points will get you started.
  • MPTA leadership will be onsite and available for assistance
  • This event is FREE and will count as 1 PDR credit under Activity Code 14  
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April 24, 2017

The Physical Therapy Section of the Public Health Code has been amended to allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to prescribe physical therapy:

 

PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 368 of 1978

***** 333.17820.amended THIS AMENDED SECTION IS EFFECTIVE APRIL 9, 2017 *****



333.17820.amended Practice of physical therapy or physical therapist assistant; license or authorization required; engaging in treatment with or without prescription of certain license holders; use of words, titles, or letters.

Sec. 17820.

(1) An individual shall not engage in the practice of physical therapy or practice as a physical therapist assistant unless licensed or otherwise authorized under this part. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant shall engage in the treatment of a patient if that treatment is prescribed by a health care professional who is an advanced practice registered nurse as that term is defined in section 17201, or who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180, or an equivalent license issued by another state. A physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant may engage in the treatment of a patient without the prescription of a health care professional who is an advanced practice registered nurse as that term is defined in section 17201, or who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180, or an equivalent license issued by another state, under either of the following circumstances:

(a) For 21 days or 10 treatments, whichever first occurs. However, a physical therapist shall determine that the patient's condition requires physical therapy before delegating physical therapy interventions to a physical therapist assistant.

(b) The patient is seeking physical therapy services for the purpose of preventing injury or promoting fitness.

 

 

(2) The following words, titles, or letters or a combination of words, titles, or letters, with or without qualifying words or phrases, are restricted in use only to those persons authorized under this part to use the terms and in a way prescribed in this part: "physical therapy", "physical therapist", "doctor of physiotherapy", "doctor of physical therapy", "physiotherapist", "physiotherapy", "registered physical therapist", "licensed physical therapist", "physical therapy technician", "physical therapist assistant", "physical therapy assistant", "physiotherapist assistant", "physiotherapy assistant", "p.t. assistant", "p.t.", "r.p.t.", "l.p.t.", "c.p.t.", "d.p.t.", "m.p.t.", "p.t.a.", "registered p.t.a.", "licensed p.t.a.", "certified p.t.a.", "c.p.t.a.", "l.p.t.a.", "r.p.t.a.", and "p.t.t.".

Section 17201:

Sec. 17201. (1) As used in this part:

(a) “Advanced practice registered nurse” or “a.p.r.n.” means a registered professional nurse who has been granted

a specialty certification under section 17210 in 1 of the following health profession specialty fields:

(i) Nurse midwifery.

(ii) Nurse practitioner.

(iii) Clinical nurse specialist.

PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 368 of 1978

***** 333.17820.amended THIS AMENDED SECTION IS EFFECTIVE APRIL 9, 2017 *****

 


333.17820.amended Practice of physical therapy or physical therapist assistant; license or authorization required; engaging in treatment with or without prescription of certain license holders; use of words, titles, or letters.

 

Sec. 17820.

(1) An individual shall not engage in the practice of physical therapy or practice as a physical therapist assistant unless licensed or otherwise authorized under this part. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant shall engage in the treatment of a patient if that treatment is prescribed by a health care professional who is an advanced practice registered nurse as that term is defined in section 17201, or who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180, or an equivalent license issued by another state. A physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant may engage in the treatment of a patient without the prescription of a health care professional who is an advanced practice registered nurse as that term is defined in section 17201, or who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180, or an equivalent license issued by another state, under either of the following circumstances:

(a) For 21 days or 10 treatments, whichever first occurs. However, a physical therapist shall determine that the patient's condition requires physical therapy before delegating physical therapy interventions to a physical therapist assistant.

(b) The patient is seeking physical therapy services for the purpose of preventing injury or promoting fitness.

(2) The following words, titles, or letters or a combination of words, titles, or letters, with or without qualifying words or phrases, are restricted in use only to those persons authorized under this part to use the terms and in a way prescribed in this part: "physical therapy", "physical therapist", "doctor of physiotherapy", "doctor of physical therapy", "physiotherapist", "physiotherapy", "registered physical therapist", "licensed physical therapist", "physical therapy technician", "physical therapist assistant", "physical therapy assistant", "physiotherapist assistant", "physiotherapy assistant", "p.t. assistant", "p.t.", "r.p.t.", "l.p.t.", "c.p.t.", "d.p.t.", "m.p.t.", "p.t.a.", "registered p.t.a.", "licensed p.t.a.", "certified p.t.a.", "c.p.t.a.", "l.p.t.a.", "r.p.t.a.", and "p.t.t.".

 

 

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March 03, 2016

At the February 11 Western District meeting a financial advisor provided information about student loans and how to manage them once employed.  The presentation can be viewed by clicking here.

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