|Legislative News & Updates|
Current Missouri Legislative News & Issues
These bills have been introduced during the 2017 legislative session.
SB 317 sponsored by Sen. Sater (R - Cassville) attempts to use disclosure of financial interests to allow POPTS. Disclosure language was in Missouri law in the late '80s AND IT DID NOT WORK. Disclosure language was replaced by a ban on POPTS because referral for profit is an inherent conflict of interest and it is unethical. This bill was heard in the Senate Professional Registration Committee on Monday, March 13th. Thank you President-Elect Jennifer Schnieders and GR Chair Chris Marsh for doing a phenominal job testifying in opposition to this bill on behalf of MPTA!!
HB 157 sponsored by Rep. Frederick (R - Rolla) and HB 429 sponsored by Rep. Cornejo (R - St. Peters) would allow physicians to own PT and profit from their own referrals. These bills attempt to use a loophole in federal law to allow POPTS in state law.
MPTA opposes these bills that would allow physician-owned physical therapy services (POPTS)!
Those pushing this effort are referring to a recent study call the GAO report. THIS REPORT IS FLAWED IN MANY WAYS. This links explain how: Self Referral GAO.PDF
Numerous other groups oppose POPTS with APTA/MPTA: AIM_statement_on_GAO_report_.pdf
PT Direct Access
Fair Health Insurance Reimbursement
HB 298 sponsored by Rep. Lichtenegger (R - Jackson) specifies the minimum reimbursement amount for covered physical therapy services delivered under health benefit plans. Click here for talking points.
Please check back periodically for any current Missouri legislative issues.
2017 LOBBY DAY - Talking Points for Attendees
Past Missouri Legislative News & Issues
PT COMPACT Legislation Signed Into Law on July 6, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS TO MISSOURI!
ONE OF THE FIRST FOUR STATES TO SIGN INTO LAW THE PT COMPACT LICENSURE (PTLC)
The PTLC language was first presented as a stand-alone bill sponsored by Rep. Davis (R - Webb City). The PTLC language ultimately passed as an amendment to several bills. One of those bills, HB 1816 ,was signed by Gov. Nixon on July 6.
The compact has now been signed into law in 4 states: Arizona, Missouri, Oregon, and Tennessee. Per the legislation, the PTLC becomes live when 10 states join. At that time the Commission is stood up and the processes are developed to make the PTLC operational. There are over 10 states interested in moving forward with legislation for 2017. Because Missouri is one of the first 10 states to adopt the law, they will have representation on the Commission. The intent of the PTLC is to make it easier for PTs to practice across state lines and to provide greater access to PT services.
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy anticipates that the PTLC will actually be operational for licensees by January 1, 2018.
Thank you to our membership for the letters, emails and calls you made to your senators and representatives, to the Members of the Advisory Commission on Physical Therapy and Connie Clarkson and staff for their efforts, to Representatives Sue Allen and Deb Lavender for giving us a voice at the Capitol, and to our Lobbying team of John Bardgett and Associates for passing this historical legislation that will assist the future of this profession!
MISSOURI SB 254
Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill (SB) 254 into law on July 13, 2015 and the bill became effective on August 28, 2015. SB 254 authorizes licensed physical therapists in Missouri to issue handicapped placards and license plates to their patients.
Details can be found on the Missouri Department of Revenue website: http://dor.mo.gov/motorv/placards/
Click the following link to find an example of the Missouri Department of Revenue's Statement for Disabled Placards form: EXAMPLE FORM
MPTA Lobby Day 2016
Thank you everyone who participated in the 2016 MPTA Lobby Day in Jefferson City, MO on February 23rd! PT's and PTA's walked the halls of the Missouri Capitol educating legislators about your profession and strengthening MPTA's relationship with the Missouri legislature. **MPTA Lobby Day is the 4th Tuesday in February every year.
Check out the "Advocacy Training" page for more information about how you can get involved in MPTA's legislative activity.
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