A. The Committee is composed of 5 members including the Chair, plus a consulting Board member.
B. The Board shall appoint the Chair of the Committee.
C. Other members shall have a level of expertise or specialty in payment policy and reimbursement issues, health care policy, legislative issues.
A. Provides strategic advice, counsel, and options to the Board of Directors regarding how PPTA can be responsive to and advocate for society’s needs for health care, rehabilitation, and other services provided by physical therapists in Pennsylvania.
B. Maintain and implement a plan for identifying, prioritizing, and managing current and emerging public policy issues impacting the provision of physical therapy, rehabilitation, and health care services, including, but not limited to, delivery systems, payment for services, public health, quality, research, education, and access to care.
C. Maintain the Legislative Ambassador Network (LAN) to advance the profession within public policy arenas, including but not limited to legislative and regulatory venues.
D. Recognize public policy opportunities and challenges for physical therapy and provide advice and counsel as requested to the Board of Directors and staff regarding the development of strategies on how to best position the physical therapy profession to meet the needs of society and the profession.
E. Assess advocacy and member needs required to empower members with information to be engaged in association policy efforts.
III. Duties and Responsibilities of the Committee
A. Maintain an active Legislative Ambassador Network of at least 80% of Pennsylvania Legislators. Provide ongoing educational and orientation programs to the LAN and the Chapter Membership as needed. Activate the LAN upon direction of the Chapter President or Legal Counsel.
B. Maintain ongoing dialogue with relevant members of the insurance industry regarding coverage for physical therapy, fair co-pays, and other issues that may affect the provision and payment of physical therapy services. Inform PPTA Legal Counsel as necessary regarding these issues.
C. Identify and recommend public policy priorities for PPTA to the Board of Directors. This work will be conducted to coincide with the session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate.
D. Provide education and/or training sessions to members to be engaged in association policy efforts.
E. Organize and advertise an Advocacy fundraiser annually
- Duties and Responsibilities of the Chair
A. Attend Board of Directors meetings at the request of the Board; present a written report of current activity quarterly, indicating any motions which are to come before the Board and the goals/objectives to which they relate.
B. Facilitate the ongoing activity of the Legislative Ambassador Network.
C. Annually prepare and present to the Chapter Treasurer a committee budget
proposal; monitor committee expenses throughout the fiscal year.
D. Submit two newsletter articles annually.
E. Maintain membership in APTA’s Section on Health Policy and Administration.
F. Work with Legal Counsel to:
1.Review and coordinate disposition of current legislation, regulations, notices of hearings, etc. Coordinate attendance at political fund raisers
2.Maintain, educate and activate the LAN; (Members of LAN to provide documented contacts at least 2 times per year.)
3.Inform and recommend action to the Board of Directors re: proposed legislation and regulations that affect health care delivery and the practice of physical therapy.
G. Provide information on Pennsylvania legislative issues to APTA.
H. Monitor publications of other associations, businesses, commissions, etc., whose activities impact on health care delivery and the practice of physical therapy.
I. Recommend establishing liaisons with associations, agencies, boards, commissions, etc., whose activities impact on health care delivery and the practice of physical therapy.
J. Submit names of recommended individuals to the Board of Directors as Committee members rotate off.
K. Orient a successor to the Chair’s position and pass on to him/her all committee files and the PPTA Policy and Procedure Manual.
L. Execute all current charges to the Committee from the Board of Directors.
M. Maintain current information on the PPTA Web Page and Fax on Demand related to state and federal legislative issues.
Proviso: The Task Force suggests that initial work groups consist of:
- Reimbursement Work Group including Payment Specialist as a consultant to the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee