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In this News Brief:

2020 Election Results

At the Delegate Assembly this month, the following individuals were elected to serve. We congratulate these members and are grateful for their willingness to serve in these leadership roles! 

Director #2
Adrienne (Stacy) Price

Director #3
Joni Kalis

Nominating Committee Member
Joseph Shanley

CBA Vice Chair
Karen Gordon

CBA Nominating Committee
Scott Majors

Express Your Interest in Running for Office in 2021

At the 2021 Delegate Assembly, elections will be held for the following positions on the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.

SECRETARY (three-year term):
Must be a member of a Member Board, administrator of a Member Board, or an Associate Member. 

TREASURER (three-year term):
Must be a member of a Member Board, administrator of a Member Board, or an Associate Member.

DIRECTOR POSITION #1 (three-year term):
Must be a current member of a Member Board 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, 2020. (Please include the position(s) for which you are interested.) You’ll hear about next steps in early 2021. 

*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.

PT Compact Elections

At the PT Compact Commission Meeting this month, the following individuals were elected to serve. We congratulate these members and are grateful for their willingness to serve in these leadership roles!

  • Harvey Aikman (TX) – Vice Chair
  • Scott Majors (KY) – Member-At-Large
  • Corie Tillman Wolf (VA) – Member-At-Large

Immunity for Occupational Licensing Boards

Reps. Jaime Raskin (D-MD), David Cicilline (D-RI), and Mike Conaway (R-TX) introduced legislation (the Occupational Licensing Board Antitrust Damages Relief Act of 2020 (H.R. 8680)) that would provide immunity for damages in cases against occupational licensing boards in some circumstances. The bill will also establish the standards for immunity.

FSBPT joined eleven other organizations in signing a letter of support. We encourage you to also contact your respective member of the United States House of Representatives and your senators in support of this bill. Unfortunately, this bill is likely to languish without strong grassroots support. Find out how to contact your representative and feel free to use the draft message below:

I am writing to share my support of the Occupational Licensing Board Antitrust Damages Relief Act of 2020. The legislation seeks to protect state boards, board members, and staff from damage awards by private plaintiffs, while still allowing for enforcement of antitrust laws by federal and private actors seeking to enjoin anticompetitive behavior of licensing boards. It also conditions immunity from damages liability on licensing boards meeting certain standards. I believe that this legislation is a balanced approach to competition policy that retains enforcement mechanisms against anticompetitive activities while ensuring that current and prospective state licensing board members will continue to be willing to serve and are not dissuaded because of uncertainty over any potential personal liability arising from their public service. I hope you will support it.

FSBPT Exam Withdrawal/Re-Registration Fees

All refund and re-registration fees associated with the NPTE will be reinstated beginning December 1, 2020. FSBPT and Prometric have taken several steps to ensure that candidates are able to test during their chosen exam administration. This includes Prometric’s current seat capacity, the seat blocking FSBPT and Prometric do for each exam administration, and the addition of testing windows after each fixed date. Any exceptions will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

Content Outline Revision Process Pushed Back One Year

FSBPT is delaying the revision of the NPTE Content Outlines for both the PT and PTA examinations for one year. The revision process was due to start in 2021 with Practice Analysis Task Force Meetings, during which the practice analysis data are reviewed and a new content outline will be proposed.

However, after consulting with the Exam Committee Chairs and the Technical Advisory Panel, we determined that these meetings would be difficult to hold virtually and the feasibility of holding face-to-face meetings in 2021 is still unknown. This means the Practice Analysis Task Force meetings will likely occur in 2022, with 2023 being used to communicate the new Content Outlines. NPTE content will reflect the new Content Outlines in 2024.

Several other factors weighed into this decision. First, our yearly ongoing data collection affords the Exam Development Committees (EDCs) the chance to make minor modifications to the Content Outlines, such as dropping content that has become outdated. Similarly, the EDCs can instruct item writers to write items to new topics that will be on the NPTE and add topics within the Content Outline given adequate notification to candidates and educators. Second, the EDCs felt that the current content outline structure could be maintained through 2023, given the practice analysis data. Lastly, the Technical Advisory Panel encouraged FSBPT to take some time to think through how the Practice Analysis Task Force meetings could be conducted virtually in case the pandemic precludes in-person meetings after 2021.

If you are interested in participating in the task force meetings, please contact us at We also encourage you to learn more about the practice analysis process.

2020 Annual Meeting Webinar Series

As we've previously announced, FSBPT has cancelled all in-person meetings in 2020.

Instead, FSBPT is providing some educational content that would normally occur during the Annual Meeting via a series of webinars throughout the year. While cancelling the in-person meeting was not an easy decision, we are as excited about the quality of our webinar series as we have been about our in-person meetings. We have lined up outstanding speakers for you! Please take a look at the lineup, view past webinars, register for upcoming webinars, mark your calendars, and look out for more details.

FSBPT Forum: A Political Dog and Pony Show: Policy Making in Support of Animal Physical Therapy

The practice of treating animals by physical therapists has grown nationwide since the late 1970s, but not without political controversy. This article is based on a presentation by Kirk Peck at the 2019 FSBPT Annual Meeting.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Using the Board Assessment Resource (BAR) as Part of Strategic Planning

This webinar was a case study example of how using the information from the FSBPT BAR can improve board performance as well as individual board member knowledge and engagement. The Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy had used the early framework of the BAR to assess board performance during strategic planning to improve operations, orientation of board members and staff, and retention of information. As early adopters of the BAR, they shared the board's experience regarding how the BAR can complement strategic planning and allow board members to be more informed and engaged. Watch the webinar now!

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

We thank all of our generous volunteers for their support of our mission.

In the News

"National Health Care Fraud and Opioid Takedown Results in Charges Against 345 Defendants Responsible for More than $6 Billion in Alleged Fraud Losses," The U.S. Department of Justice, September 30, 2020

"Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Assistant Director Calvin Shivers of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, Deputy Inspector General Gary Cantrell of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and Assistant Administrator Tim McDermott of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced a historic nationwide enforcement action involving 345 charged defendants across 51 federal districts, including more than 100 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals."

"Telemedicine Association is Making the Most of Its Moment," Lisa Boylan, Associations Now, September 29, 2020

"'Telehealth as an industry stepped into the breach when there was no other alternative,' said Kyle Zebley, the American Telemedicine Association’s director of public policy. Federal, state, and local authorities ordered millions of Americans to stay home during the pandemic, making telehealth the best way for patients to safely access care in their own homes when they needed it most."

"Taskforce on Telehealth Policy (TTP) Findings and Recommendations," The National Committee for Quality Assurance, September 2020

"Temporary telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) policy changes at the state and federal levels have generated new evidence, practices and adaptations which question the need for many of the restrictions that had been in place prior to the pandemic. Six months in, patients, policymakers, caregivers, clinicians and other providers are generally supportive of maintaining the expanded availability of telehealth services and see it as a critical tool in advancing a well-coordinated, patient-centered, and value-optimized health care system."

Board of Directors Report

Motion adopted:
To appoint, reappoint, or extend the following people to the exam committees listed. 


  • Co-Chair Amy Bayliss, PT (IN): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023 (Appoint to co-chair for 3 year term, served 4 years as member)
  • Becky Rodda, PT (MI): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 (Reappoint for 1 year term, served a 2 year term)
  • Nancy Smith, PT (NC): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022 (Reappoint for 2 year term, served 1 year term)
  • Laurie Neely, PT (FL): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023
  • Patti Berg-Poppe, PT (SD): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 (1 year term)


  • Co-Chair Shannon Turner, PTA (AL) January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 (1 year extension)
  • Co-Chair Danette Neikirk, PT (FL): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 (to complete the final year of her first term as co-chair)
  • Jason Delavan, PT (CO): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023
  • Jennifer McDonald, PT (NY): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023
  • Lori Hurtak, PT (FL): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023
  • Aubrey Bailey, PT (VA): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023
  • Audrey Campbell, PT (PA): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022 (2 year term)

Item Writing Coordinator PT

  • Jasmin Jimeno, PT (CA): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 (1 year extension)
  • Marie-Eve Pepin, PT (MI): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023

Item Writing Coordinators PTA

  • Frank Bates, PT (IN): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023
  • Karen Cascardi, PTA (FL): January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023


Motion adopted:
To reappoint or extend the current members of the Education Committee. 

Rationale: Each year, committee chairs and members are appointed or reappointed. 
Fiscal Impact: None.

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!
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Point of Contact/Email Address

ADA accommodations

Christine Sousa

Assessment or examination development questions

Lorin Muelle
Susan Newman

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

Linda Michelsen

School reports

Score transfer & reporting

Christine Sousa

SCP PET- Supervised Clinical Practice Performance Evaluation Tool

Security issues

Susan Newman

Anything else, including news to share with members

William A. Hatherill
Caitlin Jennings



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