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November 2019
Volume 21, Number 11

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

In this News Brief:

Follow-Ups to the Annual Meeting

A few questions and issues arose during the 2019 FSBPT Annual Meeting that we'd like to address:

  1. The Foreign Academic Credentialing Tools & Services sought to obtain a license to use FSBPT's Coursework Tools for Foreign Educated Physical Therapists. We have denied this application.
  2. Some members were wondering if we'd consider monetizing the Exam Licensure and Disciplinary Database (ELDD). We will never consider that as we see it as an important resource in pursuit of our shared goal of public protection.
  3. During one of the keynotes, "An Overview of Trauma's Impact on Boundary Violation Investigations," the speakers mentioned handouts. Their handouts (the slides) are now available in the Member's Area, along with the other presentations from the 2019 Annual Meeting.

Express Your Interest in Running for Office in 2020

At the 2020 Delegate Assembly in Orange County, California, elections will be held for the following positions on the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.

DIRECTOR POSITION #1 (three-year term):
Must be a current administrative staff member of a Member Board.

DIRECTOR POSITION #2 (three-year term):
Must be a member of a Member Board, administrator of a Member Board, or an Associate Member* at the time of election.

Must be member of a Member Board, administrator of a Member Board, an Associate Member*, or an individual with expertise to facilitate the task of the committee. 

Are you interested in running for a position? View the job descriptions and email before December 31, 2019. (Please include the position(s) for which you are interested.) You’ll hear about next steps in early 2020. 

*An Associate Member is a former member or administrator of a Member Board, a former member of the Board of Directors, a former committee or task force member, or a member of the Academy of Advanced Item Writers.

Iowa Opts into the Alternate Approval Process

Iowa joined sixteen other states by opting 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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Two More Jurisdictions Using Supervised Clinical Practice Performance Evaluation Tool

Alaska and South Carolina are the latest two jurisdictions to begin using the Supervised Clinical Practice Performance Evaluation Tool (PET) to evaluate the clinical performance of foreign educated physical therapists (FEPT) applicants. Because supervised clinical practice is often the last hurdle prior to full, unrestricted physical therapist licensure, it is critical that a valid evaluation tool be available for jurisdictions. FSBPT developed the PET to meet the need for a tool developed specifically to evaluate the clinical competency of FEPTs and to provide feedback to FEPTs on areas where competence has not been established. 

Educators' Satisfaction Survey

FSBPT strives to provide the most effective and useful tools for educators. If you are an educator, we are interested in your opinion on the services and products that we offer to you.

Please take a moment to complete the survey. Your input is extremely valuable and it helps to ensure that we are providing the best tools for now and into the future.

FSBPT Forum: The Evolution of Online Physical Therapy Education

Online education over the past few years has been more of an evolution than a revolution. Even residential programs often incorporate online tools and so-called online, or hybrid, programs are growing. This article is based on a presentation by John D. Childs, Therese Millis, Claire Peel, and Thomas P. Werner at the 2018 FSBPT Annual Meeting.

Spotlight on Member Resources: 2019 Annual Meeting Presentations

The 2019 FSBPT Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly took place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in October. The presentations are all available in the Member's Area of the FSBPT website.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

This month, we thank the generous volunteer members of these groups for their support of our mission:

Exam Development Committee-PT

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In the News

"Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Triggers Federal Inquiry," Rob Copeland and Sarah E. Needlemanm, November 12, 2019, Wall Street Journal

"Google’s project with the country’s second-largest health system to collect detailed health information on 50 million American patients sparked a federal inquiry and criticism from patients and lawmakers."

NCSL Occupational Licensing Consortium Case Study Reports, Gauri (Gee) Rege, Tessa Riley, Brannan Mitchel-Slentz, Semret Yibass, and Christina Curnow, November 2019, American Institutes for Research

"The American Institutes for Research (AIR) worked with the National Conference for State Legislatures (NCSL) and its partner organizations, the Council of State Governments (CSG) and the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, to conduct case studies of 11 different states that undertook efforts to review their licensing practices."

"How burnout can hinder patient-physician communication," Sara Berg, October 30, 2019, American Medical Association

"Repeated exposure to high-demand, low-control health care environments is linked to adverse outcomes including burnout. And recently published research finds a link between physician burnout and poor patient-physician communication."

"How bad is the nursing shortage?" Jessica Kim Cohen, August 17, 2019, Modern Healthcare

"Employment for registered nurses is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency still expects 203,800 job openings in the field each year, but it’s likely these vacancies will be centralized in key areas of the country, while others will experience steep competition for jobs."

"3 Nevada dental board members resign, top staffers terminated," Arthur Kane, November 7, 2019, Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Three members of the Nevada Board of Dental Examiners previously accused of ethical lapses are leaving the agency, and two top staffers were terminated, state officials announced Thursday.

This clears the way for reform of a controversial agency that was the focus of a recent Las Vegas Review-Journal investigation that showed the board’s lax oversight failed patients.”

"Self-regulation: the end of an era? Lawyer discipline and the role of law societies," Anita Balakrishnan, November 14, 2019, Canadian Lawyer

“In 2007, England and Wales — which had until then taken the same approach as Canada — joined Australia in implementing co-regulation, where two or more bodies share the oversight of lawyers. In the U.S., courts tend to delegate to state bars to set professional standards, as part of the “separation of powers” set out by the constitution, Anand added. 

Canada, by contrast, has mostly stuck by its self-regulation model, centred on law societies. Durcan notes that as other professional regulators move toward smaller, skill-based boards and other regulatory models, Canada’s law societies stand out.”

Board of Directors Report

Recently, to advance the business of FSBPT, the board approved the motions listed.

Motion adopted
Motion for FSBPT to be guarantor on King West mortgage/swap loan.
Rationale: In order to refinance to a lower interest rate
Reference Area of Focus: Organizational and Financial Stability
Fiscal Impact: None

Motion adopted
Motion to affirm obtaining a LOC (line of credit) for $5 million.
Rationale: To move our standard LOC to new bank 
Reference Area of Focus: Organizational and Financial Stability
Fiscal Impact: None

Motion adopted
Motion to amend language in agreement between FSBPT and LCASO to round up processing fee (to mirror  agreement between LCASO and COMPACT)
Rationale: To ensure our co-agreements match
Reference Area of Focus: Organizational and Financial Stability
Fiscal Impact: None

Motion adopted
Motion to approve waiving of costs listed in Addendum A of LCASO/COMPACT agreement for 2020.
Rationale: To renew and affirm the waiving of costs for LCASO/COMPACT until the COMPACT is financially liquid
Reference Area of Focus: Organizational and Financial Stability
Fiscal Impact: None

Motion adopted
Motion to amend the LOC to COMPACT to defer start of the payback period from January 1, 2021 to January 1, 2023
Rationale: To allow the COMPACT to be financially liquid before payback of loan begins
Reference Area of Focus: Organizational and Financial Stability
Fiscal Impact: None

Motion adopted
To appoint, reappoint, or extend the following people to the following committees/task force listed.

Education Committee
Chair: Cynthia Potter (PA)January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Ethics and Legislation Committee
Chair Tina Baum: (SD)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 (1 year extension)

Co-Chair: Anissa Davis, PT (VA)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022

Co-Chair: Krista Wolfe, PT (PA)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 (1 year extension)
Co-Chair: Kristin Schroeder, PT (FL)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022
Co-Chair: Jennifer Mercer, PTA (MO)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022

Item Writing Task Force PT
Marcia Himes, PT (MO)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022
Duane (Scott) Davis, PT (WV)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022
Lisa Barnett, PT (CA)— January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022
Elizabeth (Liz) Yates Horton, PT (NY)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022
Kiley Gibbs, PT (MD)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022
Arvie Vitente, PT (FL)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 (1 year term)

Item Writing Task Force PTA
Amanda Aanstoos, PTA (TX)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022
Brianna Cowley, PT (MO)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022
Rebecca Webster, PT (CA)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022
Samantha Satterfield, PT (KS)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022
May Tom, PT (NY)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022
Dawn Smathers, PT (OK)—January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 (1 year extension)

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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.

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

Ruggie Canizares
Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah

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

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

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

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

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

John Young
The public member of the board does not serve as a liaison to jurisdictions.

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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




Point of Contact/Email Address

ADA accommodations

Christine Sousa

Assessment or examination development questions

Lorin Mueller, PhD
Susan Layton

Continuing competence

Jeffrey M. Rosa

Credentials review

Jaime Nolan, FCCPT

ELDD- Exam, Licensure and Disciplinary Database participation

Exam registration processing

Christine Sousa

Foreign educated issues

Leslie Adrian


Jamie Nolan

JAM- Jurisprudence Assessment Module

Legislation or Model Practice Act

Leslie Adrian

Meeting arrangements

Paul Delaney

NPDB reports/questions

Angela Burnham

PTC- Physical Therapy Compact

PEAT®- Practice Exam & Assessment Tool

Reimbursement of expenses
Other financial matters

Bill Aronson
Linda Michelsen

School reports

Score transfer & reporting

Christine Sousa

SCP PET- Supervised Clinical Practice Performance Evaluation Tool

Security issues

Susan Layton

Anything else, including news to share with members

William A. Hatherill
Francois Marjorie
Caitlin Jennings




Sign off:
That’s all the news today from the pumpkin and fodder shock covered banks of the Potomac, where the fish are faster, the fishing boats are longer, and the fishermen are still full of stories.

  • William A. Hatherill, CEO


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