With an APTA Michigan membership you are directly supporting and elevating the physical therapy profession. The APTA Michigan 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 APTA Michigan 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 APTA Michigan. 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 APTA Michigan in the year of 2018 as guided by our strategic plan:
Continuing Competence - APTA Michigan 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 - APTA Michigan will ensure that third party payer policies are consistent with current professional standards of practice and Michigan state law
Legislative Advocacy - APTA Michigan will ensure statutory and regulatory language that reflects current scope and standards of practice for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
Physical Therapy Identity – APTA Michigan 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 APTA Michigan 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 APTA Michigan to include:
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. APTA Michigan 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 APTA Michigan initiatives are perceived as valuable across the entire membership.
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