The APTA Michigan Legislative Committee works with the APTA Michigan Lobbyist Firm, Muchmore, Harrington, and Smalley (login required) and the APTA Michigan Board of Directors. This committee is a resource for APTA Michigan members to get answers to specific questions regarding legislation in Michigan. Advocacy and Legislation at a National level is handled by APTA. Contact the APTA Michigan office with your question at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions about any of the legislative issues please contact the APTA Michigan office with your question at email@example.com
If you would like to become more involved in legislative issues please see Action Steps for PT.
The support and participation of all APTA Michigan 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 APTA Michigan office.
Prior Authorization Reform Bill Introduced in the Senate
SB 247 was introduced in the Senate on March 16. APTA Michigan will be tracking this closely and will definitely include this as a primary issue at Advocacy Day.
SB 247 is significantly better than the version of SB 612 that passed the Senate last year, but there is still advocacy work to be done to ensure that this is legislation that will improve outcomes for patients while reducing the prior authorization red tape providers are forced to navigate.
SB 247 has been referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee and will be up for a hearing in the coming weeks. We also expect the House to introduce their own version of prior authorization reform sometime before the end of April.
On January 13, Senator Dale Zorn introduced legislation to allow Michigan physical therapy professionals to participate in the PT Compact. This continues to be a legislative priority for APTA Michigan and a primary focus of our advocacy efforts.
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HB 4376, which would include PTs and PTAs as mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse, passed the Michigan House in 2019 and was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill will be heard on the Senate floor and, if passed, will go to the Governor for her signature.
HB 4370 is part of a package of bills that resulted from the fallout of the Larry Nassar scandal, had previously passed the house in 2019, and has now passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. HB 4370 directs several licensure boards, including the Michigan Board of Physical Therapy, to develop generally accepted standards of practice for internal pelvic floor interventions and would require retention of associated medical records for 15 years in consultation with appropriate professional associations. APTA MI and representatives from the APTA Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy would be engaged in that effort. The bill will be heard on the Senate floor and, if passed, will go to the Governor for her signature.