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2022 Election Results

At the Annual Education Meeting and the CBA Forum 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!


David Relling (ND)
Michele Thorman (WI)
Vice President
Robert Friberg (GA)
Nominating Committee Member
Karen Gordon (TX)
CBA Vice Chair

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!

  • David Harris (TN) - Vice Chair
  • Harvey Aikman (TX) - Member-At-Large (Two years)
  • Corie Tillman Wolf (VA). - Member-At-Large (Two years)

Some Personal Trainers Use DPT

Some personal trainers at a large fitness club chain are using DPT as their professional credential. Life Time is a large chain of health clubs that originated in Minnesota and has expanded to other states. Life Time advertises its unique philosophy to personal training, known as Dynamic Personal Training, which strives to keep the client completely engaged by partnering in many exercises with the trainer.  At least one jurisdiction has received multiple complaints that Life Time personal trainers are using DPT to denote themselves as a dynamic personal trainer. The term DPT is protected in the practice act of many jurisdictions and prohibits the use of DPT if not licensed as a physical therapist.

New Disciplinary Codes

The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) serves as a repository of information about health care providers in the United States. Federal law requires that adverse actions taken against a health care professional's license be reported to the data bank. The NPDB maintains a Basis for Action Code list, which identifies the reasons for taking an adverse action. Representatives from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) worked together, as the Review of NPDB Basis for Action Codes Consortium, to review and make suggestions to the NPDB Basis for Action Codes and Descriptions in an effort to improve the consistency and value of the data. The changes will go into effect on December 16, 2022. FSBPT will publish more details as they become available.

Take FSBPT’s Money!

Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas have recently taken a big step toward both administrative efficiency and protecting the public. They will leverage FSBPT funds to update their electronic systems, use the FSBPT ID, and send data to the Examination, Licensure, and Disciplinary Database (ELDD).

Your state should be next!

Thanks in part to savings experienced by holding virtual meetings and the recent overall investment performance, FSBPT’s board was able to set aside a $2.2 million grant for FSBPT member jurisdictions. Jurisdictions can apply for grants to fund consulting, programming, data entry, technological upgrades, and other activities that enhance updates to the ELDD.

We encourage you to reach out to Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas to learn more about how they are using this great resource. Please also let us know how we can help! 

FSBPT Forum: Exploring Unconscious Bias

As regulators and health care practitioners, it is important to be aware of and acknowledge the role implicit bias can play in our professional and personal lives every day. This article is based on a 2021 webinar presented by Jonathan Webb.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Mandatory Reporting

The purpose of mandatory reporting of potential violations is to protect the public. Conduct suspected of violating licensure regulations should be reported to the appropriate state regulatory agencies or departments for investigation. FSBPT has created and compiled several resources concerning mandatory reporting.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

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

In The News

"New California Law: Docs Who Sexually Abuse Patients Can't Get Their Licenses Back," Cheryl Clark, MedPage Today, September 27, 2022

"A new California law prohibits the state's medical board from granting a license to clinicians whose credentials were previously surrendered or revoked on grounds of sexual misconduct with patients, with no chance of winning an appeal."

"A Fall COVID-19 Booster Campaign Could Save Thousands of Lives, Billions of Dollars," The Commonwealth Fund

"COVID-19 vaccination has substantially mitigated the burden of COVID-19, preventing millions of deaths and hospitalizations since the first vaccines were rolled out in late 2020. As of early September 2022, updated bivalent boosters, or boosters that provide protection against both the original virus strain as well as the Omicron variant (and its subvariants like BA.4 and BA.5), have been authorized. These are available for anyone who has completed their primary vaccination series and has not received any additional doses for at least two months."

"Change in Telehealth Utilization Varied by Region in United States from June to July 2022," Fair Health, October 3, 2022

"Telehealth utilization, as measured by telehealth's share of all medical claim lines, varied by US region from June to July 2022, according to FAIR Health's Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker.1 Telehealth utilization rose in three of the four US census regions—Midwest, South and West—with the greatest increase (5.7 percent) in the West, where telehealth utilization rose from 7.0 to 7.4 percent of medical claim lines; the South increased 4.9 percent and the Midwest 2.5 percent. In the Northeast, telehealth utilization fell 3.3 percent, from 6.0 percent of medical claim lines to 5.8 percent. Overall, national telehealth utilization increased 1.9 percent from June to July, after declining 3.7 percent from May to June, rising from 5.2 percent of medical claim lines in June to 5.3 percent in July. The data represent the privately insured population, including Medicare Advantage and excluding Medicare Fee-for-Service and Medicaid."

"Nine Organizations Earn Advanced NCQA Health Equity Accreditation," National Committee for Quality Assurance, September 28, 2022

"The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that nine health care organizations have earned accreditation in the first cohort of the NCQA Health Equity Accreditation Plus program."

"Test scores show historic COVID setbacks for kids across US," The Associated Press, October 24, 2022

"The COVID-19 pandemic spared no state or region as it caused historic learning setbacks for America’s children, erasing decades of academic progress and widening racial disparities, according to results of a national test that provide the sharpest look yet at the scale of the crisis."

Board of Directors

Members of the board of directors serve as liaisons to multiple jurisdictions. Your liaison may be changing due to the 2022 elections in October. New liaisons will be formalized in December 2022 and will be published in the December News Briefs.

Ruggie Canizares

Ellen Donald

Joni Kalis

Cynthia Potter

Adrienne Price

Michele Thorman

David Relling

Charles E. Reiter
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 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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