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The monthly News Brief provides important updates and timely information to FSBPT members and stakeholders.

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January 2019
Volume 21, Number 01

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Happy 2019!
In this News Brief:

Call for Presentation Proposals and Ideas for the 2019 Annual Meeting

We are accepting presentation ideas and proposals for the 2019 Annual Meeting!

Before 9am ET Thursday, March 14, 2019, email us your proposal in a Word document. Please include:

  • Title
  • Course description
  • Course objectives
  • Tentative outline of time and content (Note: Programs are limited to one-hour sessions.)
  • Biographical information for each speaker, including degrees/credentials, institution, city, and state.

If your proposal is chosen, two presenters will be funded to attend the annual meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, October 24-27. 

If you have a topic of interest but your board is not prepared to speak, please share the topic with us. We welcome ideas!

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Regulatory Training for Members and Board Staff

All board members and board staff (administrators, licensing specialists, and attorneys) are eligible to participate. This training provides an in-depth understanding of your role as a regulatory board member or staff person in protecting the consumers of physical therapy services. We also provide an overview of the services FSBPT provides to our members.

The training will be held August 16-18, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia. Costs are covered by FSBPT. To reserve a spot, email Requests must be received before June 1, 2019, for consideration. Attendance is limited and priority is given to first timers. Read our Frequently Asked Questions about Regulatory Training Registration and Travel for more information.

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Thank You for Participating in the Member Survey

Thank you to all those who participated in the Membership Survey. We had a great response rate with 42 percent of membership completing the survey. We randomly selected two members to receive the incentive of a $250 gift card. The incentive went to one member in Iowa and another in Georgia. A membership task force will meet in February to review the results.  

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Winter 2018 Federation Forum

Read these articles that were included in the Winter 2018 Federation Forum:

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Change in the FSBPT Board of Directors

The FSBPT Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Adrienne (Stacy) Price (GA) was appointed by the Board of Directors to serve as Director on the FSBPT Board of Directors beginning January 24, 2019.

Robin Jenkins stepped down from her role as Executive Director of the District of Columbia Board of Physical Therapy and the FSBPT Board of Directors on January 17, 2019, to begin a new role.

The Board of Directors and staff wish Robin tremendous success and thank her for her hard work in support of our mission.

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2019 INPTRA Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, May 8-9, 2019

Preceding the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress this year, the International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authorities (INPTRA®) will be holding its biennial meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Registration is now open. Take advantage of the early bird rate through February 15, 2019! Visit the INPTRA 2019 conference page to view conference details, including the preliminary program, and to register. 

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Service Fee Changes

Effective February 1, 2019, the following service fees will increase by $10.

Service Current Price New Price
Score Transfer $80 $90
Individual Score Report $80 $90
Performance Feedback Report $90 $100

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Two States Opt into the Alternate Approval Process

In January, Alabama and Maine became the ninth and tenth states to opt into the Alternate Approval Process (AAP). Under AAP, when an applicant who is a graduate of a CAPTE accredited program registers for the NPTE®, FSBPT will make the candidate eligible to sit for the NPTE provided that the candidate meets all NPTE eligibility requirements. Under AAP, FSBPT also handles the review of all requests for testing accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact FSBPT if your jurisdiction is interested in opting into AAP.

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oPTion Has Record Year of Takers in 2018

oPTion® is the FSBPT developed online self-assessment tool designed for physical therapists to both affirm their knowledge of physical therapy general practice and identify opportunities for professional growth. Takers complete oPTion’s multiple-choice questions—drawn from realistic clinical cases requiring the application of knowledge—online and on-demand. The $49 fee supplies detailed performance and feedback reports to the taker.

2018 saw a 150 percent increase in oPTion registrations over 2017.

Currently twenty-three jurisdictions award continuing competence/education credit for completion of oPTion. When member boards promote awareness of oPTion to their physical therapy licensees, interest in the tool increases significantly. Contact FSBPT staff for resources and assistance to encourage the use of oPTion in your jurisdiction.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Duty to Report Trifold Brochures for Licensees

Every physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensee has a responsibility to act in a professional manner. Licensees also have an ethical, and sometimes legal, duty to report to the board practitioners that are incompetent, unprofessional, or unlawful. This brochure may be customized to your jurisdiction—with your mission statement, name, address, and contact information—and distributed to licensees. Take action to help your licensees understand the public protection associated with reporting an individual that is unable to practice safely, has engaged in unprofessional conduct, violated laws or rules, or committed unethical practices. This brochure, along with other helpful resources, is available on the FSBPT website.

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In the News

What I Learned at Work this Year, Gates Notes, December 29, 2018

Bill Gates concluded 2018 with some thoughts on the status of global health.

"For most of human history, we have been focused on living longer by fighting disease and trying to grow enough food for everyone. As a result, life spans have gone up dramatically. Technology has played a key role in that through vaccines, medicines, and improved sanitation.

"We still need a lot of innovation to solve problems like malaria or obesity, but we are also going to be focusing more on improving the quality of life. I think this will be the thrust of many big breakthroughs of the future. For example, software will be able to notice when you’re feeling down, connect you with your friends, give you personalized tips for sleeping and eating better, and help you use your time more efficiently."

CCHP Sees 2018 Telehealth Gains in Medicaid, Interstate Licensure, mHealth Intelligence, December 18, 2018

The PT Compact was referenced in this article covering increases in interstate licensure compacts.

“According to the CCHP report…active areas of legislation in 2018 included bills defining which healthcare providers (such as social workers and advanced practice nurses) could use telehealth and telemedicine, and those allowing states to join telehealth-friendly interstate licensure compacts for physiciansnursesphysical therapists and psychologists.”

Large-Scale Study Finds Connection Between Early Physical Therapy and Lower Opioid Use, PT inMotion News, December 14, 2018

“The evidence of physical therapy's potential to make a difference in the nation's opioid crisis continues to mount—this time, by way of a study in JAMA Network Open, which concludes that for patients experiencing back, knee, neck, or shoulder pain, a visit to a physical therapist (PT) early on can reduce the chances that they'll take any opioids for the condition. And among those who do wind up taking opioids during the episode of care, researchers identified an association, albeit less strong, between early physical therapy and reduced number of pills taken for 3 of the 4 conditions.” 

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Board Liaisons to Jurisdictions

Members of the Board of Directors serve as liaisons to multiple jurisdictions. Current liaison relationships are listed here for your reference.


Board Liaison


Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas

Thomas Caldwell


Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah

Ruggie Canizares

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina

Ellen Donald


Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Adrienne Price


Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Joni Kalis


Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Nancy Kirsch


Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

David Relling

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Staff Contact Information

Staff Contact Information
If you have questions, challenges or ideas, we want to hear from you!
(703) 299-3100




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  • William A. Hatherill, CEO


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