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Report on PT Day at the Capitol

Posted: Mar 4, 2020 by Christa Lombardo

Hi to All:
 
We had a very successful PT Day at the Capitol with 30 members and students.  We focused on telemedicine HB 2536.  We had more than a dozen individual appointments with legislators, and made contact with over 30 legislators and/or staff over the lunch break.  Special thanks to our speaker Bob Nithman, PT Ph.D., who presented on his research with telemedicine in home health.  Thanks for Carly and Dorn Policy Group for enhancing our interaction time with legislators, and to AzPTA Executive Director Christa Lombardo for the administrative support.  
 
Please welcome Jennifer Leach, PT of Mesa, to our email committee list.  She was an attendee at the Capitol and wants to learn more about what we do in SGAC.
 
Update on our bills:
 
HB 2536 Telemedicine passed the House 59-0 with one absent. The bill contained a floor amendment that aligns the statute definition of telemedicine with the language in  ARS Title 20 (insurance statute), a more recent law.  It now reads - "  'telemedicine' 1. This means the interactive use of audio, video, or other electronic media, including asynchronous store-and-forward technologies and remote patient monitoring technologies, for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation, or treatment".  The bill will next be heard in the Senate Health Committee, hopefully within the next few weeks.  We will provide an update to the Board of Physical Therapy on March 24. Consistent with other AZ professions using telemedicine, we want to emphasize that there is no change in scope of practice or professional standards, and no need for additional rules.
 
SB 1522  Health care liens were passed out of the Senate Rules Committee but are not on the calendar for a Senate vote at this time. There is still much discussion among other parties, PI attorneys, hospitals, insurers, and other providers about the specifics of the bill.  It is not a specific PT issue at this time, but we will continue to monitor it.  It has the potential to limit how some practices use personal injury liens to cover provided services.  
 
SB1127  ATC Dry Needling  Passed the Senate easily and moves to the House side.   
 
Thanks to all and send your questions and comments.
 
Cynthia Driskell, PT Carefree Physical Therapy 480-488-9095
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