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In this News Brief:

Funded Members for the Leadership Issues Forum and the Annual Meeting

This year FSBPT will fund the following attendees at LIF and the Annual Meeting. We will email administrators instructions on selecting delegates (voting and alternate) and identifying the funded administrator.

Leadership Issues Forum, July 18-19, Alexandria, Virginia 

  • Voting delegate
  • Board administrator

Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting, October 22-24, Orange County, California

  • Voting delegate
  • Funded alternate delegate
  • Board administrator 

Regulatory Training for Members and Board Staff

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. All board members and board staff (administrators, licensing specialists, and attorneys) are eligible to participate.

The training will be held June 19-21, 2020, in Alexandria, Virginia. Costs are covered by FSBPT. Current (new and seasoned) regulatory board members and administrators can request to attend by completing this form. Requests must be received before March 15, 2020, for consideration. Attendance is limited and priority is given to first time attendees. Read our Frequently Asked Questions about Regulatory Training for more information. 

Trauma’s Impact on Boundary Violation Investigations Training

Justice 3D is a leading educator in issues related to investigating and prosecuting sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence cases. At the 2019 FSBPT Annual Meeting, Nancy Oglesby, a career sexual assault prosecutor, and Michael Milnor, a retired Chief of Police, shared an overview of how the brain reacts when experiencing trauma and the impact this has on memory, emotions, and behavior. They also discussed communications and interview techniques for working with victims of trauma.

Based on the level of interest expressed at the 2019 Annual Meeting, FSBPT has arranged to offer a two-day training by Justice 3D for board members, administrators, investigators, and attorneys.

Based on the presenters' availability and feedback from membership, the event will be held March 26-27 in Arlington, Virginia, at the Crowne Plaza Crystal City. FSBPT will cover lunch for all participants on both days of the workshop. 

The FSBPT Board has also approved funds to help support ONE board or staff member from each jurisdiction to attend this training.

  • FSBPT will cover air travel and hotel.
  • The State Board’s selected participant will cover a $50 registration fee, travel incidentals, meals while traveling, and all breakfasts and dinners.

Additionally, the training will be open to all other members who would like to attend. The registration fee will be $300 and all travel costs will be the responsibility of the participant. Register Now!

ProCert Certified Activities

Although ProCert stopped certifying new activities at the end of 2019, many activities will remain certified through 2021. Since licensees and member boards will no longer be able to search for certified activities through aPTitude, we have posted a complete list of all certified activities.

Topics at the Leadership Issues Forum

FSBPT strives to be a deliberative organization and seeks to present new approaches and changes in a purposeful manner before our Leadership Issues Forum (LIF). Providing topics in advance allows the board an opportunity to carefully prepare topics for consideration. Bringing topics to LIF where our members have plenty of time to engage in thoughtful dialogue allows us to truly get member input into important topics. A number of topics have been presented at consecutive LIF meetings to make sure they are vetted properly, like the most recent bylaw changes or the disciplinary action guidelines. We welcome your input into future topics for LIF and look forward to hearing from you all!  We already have some potential topics in the pipeline for this year’s meeting so stay tuned for more information in future News Briefs.

PT Compact Updates

In 2019, we sold a total of 1,015 compact privileges!

Compact privileges are now available in Virginia and Oklahoma. This brings the total number of states issuing compact privileges to eighteen, following Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington. To see the jurisdictions that have introduced or passed legislation, view our PT Compact map.

Call for Presentation Proposals and Ideas for the 2020 Annual Meeting

We are accepting presentation ideas and proposals for the 2020 Annual Meeting!
Please submit your proposal by March 3, 2020.

If your proposal is chosen, two presenters will be funded to attend the FSBPT Annual Meeting in Orange County, California, October 22-24.

If you have a topic of interest but you do not have suggested speakers or an official proposal, please share the topic with us. We welcome ideas!

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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.

Winter 2019 FSBPT Forum

Read these articles that were included in the Winter 2019 FSBPT Forum:

Spotlight on Member Resources: Resource and Topic Papers

Members can find resources on a wide variety of topics from the FSBPT Areas of Focus.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

This month, we thank all of our generous volunteer members for their support of our mission:

In the News

"Challenges and Opportunities in Telehealth: A Q&A With the Experts," January 8, 2020, PTTransforms

"#PTTransforms Blog spoke to APTA members Sarah Gallagher, PT, DPT, and Alan Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, about the possibilities, challenges, and current use of telehealth across health care professions. Gallagher is the owner of South Valley Physical Therapy, a Colorado private practice specializing in neurologic and vestibular physical therapy that began providing telehealth services to solve an access to specialty care problem. Lee is the telehealth lead for the APTA Frontiers in Rehabilitation Science and Technology (FiRST) Council and vice president of the Technology in Physical Therapy Special Interest Group of HPA The Catalyst, APTA's section on health policy and administration."

"A.I. Comes to the Operating Room," Denise Grady, January 6, 2020, The New York Times

"Brain surgeons are bringing artificial intelligence and new imaging techniques into the operating room, to diagnose tumors as accurately as pathologists, and much faster, according to a report in the journal Nature Medicine."

"Artificial intelligence has come to medicine. Are patients being put at risk?," Liz Szabo, January 3, 2020, The Los Angeles Times

"Health products powered by artificial intelligence are streaming into our lives, from virtual doctor apps to wearable sensors and drugstore chatbots."

"The New State Medical Board: Life In The Antitrust Shadow," Eli Y. Adashi Barak D. Richman Reuben C. Baker, January 6, 2020, Health Affairs Blog

"For the better part of the twentieth century, state medical boards (SMBs) strove to protect the US public by licensing, disciplining, and regulating health care professionals. For much of this time, however, SMBs, along with the corresponding state medical society, have also engaged in vigorous economic advocacy on behalf of their members. It was this facet of the medical enterprise that drew the attention of federal antitrust overseers. Decades of legal battles over alleged anticompetitive practices followed. None proved more significant than the recent North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission. It was here that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) concluded that SMBs made up of “active market participants” may not claim immunity from antitrust laws unless they are “actively supervised by the State.” The implications of this and subsequent verdicts to present-day SMBs cannot be overestimated. In this communication, we describe the evolution of the SMBs, trace their exposure to federal antitrust liability, examine the erosion of their economic brief, and discuss the legal boundaries of their state-given authority."

"B.C. dentist who lost licence has disappeared, still owes $100,000 in fines," Katya Slepian, January 2, 2020, Haida Gwaii Observer

"A Richmond dentist has lost his licence and must pay nearly $100,000 after dozens of instances of professional misconduct, according to a December decision from the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C."

"Military spouses will get reimbursed up to $1,000 for professional relicensing costs," Karen Jowers, December 19, 2019, Military Times

"A new provision in the defense bill bumps up the maximum military spouse reimbursement to $1,000, for relicensing and recertification costs each time they relocate with their service member."

"Global health care sector issues in 2020," Stephanie Allenm December 16, 2019, Deloitte Insights

"This global health care outlook reviews the state of the sector, explores key issues shaping 2020, and poses questions and actions leaders should consider as they lay a foundation for the future."

"A consumer-centered future of health," David Betts and Leslie Korendam November 21, 2019, Deloitte Insights

"Our survey finds people are exhibiting traditional “consumer behaviors” when it comes to health care: They are willing to shop for deals, disagree with their doctor, and use technology to track and maintain their health."

"Narrowing the rural-urban health divide," Alex Schulte, Jessica Nadler, and Melissa Majerol, November 27, 2019, Deloitte Insights

"There is growing evidence that virtual health can be a cost-effective and powerful tool to improve rural health care. Here's how health care providers can get started, and how government agencies can help."

"Unprofessionalism, sloppiness, and rudeness of surgeons linked to patients’ post-op complications," November 21, 2019, Professional Licensing Report

"The patient outcomes of surgeons who had been reported by coworkers for unprofessional behavior were significantly worse than those of surgeons with no such reports, in a study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which was published in June in JAMA Surgery."

Board of Directors Report

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

Motion Adopted:
Move to approve waiving of the 2020 membership dues from Puerto Rico due to recent earthquake. 
Rationale: Assist a member during jurisdiction crisis
Fiscal Impact: Up to $2,500

Motion Adopted:
Approve the In Defense of Regulation paper to be disseminated. 
Rationale: To further education/research results
Fiscal Impact: None


Boundary Violations Task Force

  • Arkena Dailey, VA
  • Robert Friberg, GA
  • Kristina Lounsberry, LA
  • Chrisandra Osborne, WA
  • Sherri Paru, OR
  • Tom Pennington, KY
  • Byron Russel, AZ
  • Laurie Scripsack, RI
  • Sherise Smith, NV
  • Jennifer Wissinger, OH

Impaired Practitioner Task Force 

  • Danielle Bohl, KS
  • Troy Costales, OR
  • Maggie Donohue, NH
  • Dorothy (Dorie) Gaskin, GA
  • David Harris, TN
  • Andrew Koenig, FL
  • Jennifer Nash, NV
  • Laura Oppermann, TX
  • Christine Snyder, FL
  • M. Judd Warren, SC

Artificial Intelligence Task Force 

  • Kathryn Dale, WA
  • Randy Jean, MA
  • Sze Wing Kwok, NY
  • Alan Lee, CA
  • Scott Majors, KY
  • Brian Miller, MT
  • David Reed, NC
  • Michelle Sigmund Gains, OR
  • Anne Thompson, GA
  • Jeffrey Vinzant, AL

Re-Entry Task Force 

  • Michele Finnegan, MD
  • Karen Gordon, TX
  • Tom Mohr, ND
  • Carol Sawyer, MO
  • Joseph Shanley, NH 

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 ffrom the (and forget the previous passing interest in snow) 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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