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Share Your Webinar and Annual Education Meeting Ideas!

We are accepting presentation ideas and proposals for 2023 webinars and in-person sessions at the 2023 Annual Education Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.

If you have a specific idea, please submit a proposal . However, we are also interested in learning about jurisdictions' experiences with regulatory topics and your general ideas on what issues we should examine. We encourage all board members, board administrators, and other stakeholders to please share topics and ideas with us . You can watch recent webinars on the FSBPT events platform .

Express Your Interest in Running for Office

At the 2023 Annual Education Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, elections will be held for the following positions on the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.

DIRECTOR POSITION #2 (three-year term):
Must be a current administrative staff member of a Member Board.

DIRECTOR POSITION #3 (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 a 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 February 15, 2023. (Please include the position(s) for which you are interested.) You’ll hear about next steps in spring 2023. 

*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.

Funded Members for the Leadership Issues Forum and the Annual Education Meeting

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

Leadership Issues Forum, July 15-16, Arlington, Virginia

  • Voting Delegate
  • Board Administrator

Annual Education Meeting, October 19-21, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Voting Delegate
  • Funded Alternate Delegate
  • Board Administrator 

Model Practice Act Workshop on July 17

When was the last time you compared your practice act to the Model Practice Act? Now is the perfect time, so dust off that Practice Act and get ready! The 7th edition of the Model Practice Act is full of significant revisions from previous editions. Join fellow FSBPT members to learn how to use the MPA to prioritize key issues, develop a crosswalk, interact with facilitators, and take the next steps toward contemporary regulation of physical therapy practice.

This one-day workshop on Monday, July 17, 2023, will immediately follow the Leadership Issues Forum. FSBPT will fund two participants per jurisdiction; it is highly recommended that one be the Administrator and the other either Board Chair (preferred) or Voting Delegate. FSBPT is also extending an invitation to APTA state chapter representatives as well.

Model Practice Act, 7th Edition!

The Model Practice Act update has been completed. The Ethics & Legislation Committee spent 2021 to 2022 reviewing and revising the MPA. They completed an in-depth stakeholder review (including with APTA and FSBPT members) to get input on desired changes. Additionally, an independent counsel completed a legal review of the final draft for internal conflicts or inconsistencies. 

Some of the updates include a redefinition of consultation, explicit inclusion of telehealth, and adding “physio” to the list of protected terms. The definition of “practice of physical therapy” now includes specifically promoting health and preventing disease, treatment intervention including needle insertion, performance of participation-focused physical examinations, and referring for services and testing; testing now specifically includes imaging. The revised MPA also allows for providing physical therapy for animals when a PT/PTA has the required education and training. It also clearly states the Board is authorized to file complaints against licensees when they have knowledge of the individual engaging in unlawful or unlicensed practice. 

The committee made many more revisions to align the MPA with contemporary practice. Members are encouraged to review all the changes .

Upcoming Webinars

We are hosting upcoming webinars within the FSBPT Portal, allowing you to easily access member resources, groups, and events all in one place! Please follow the instructions to register.

  • Login to the FSBPT Portal
  • Once you are on the portal, select "Events"
  • Click on the webinar you want to register for
  • Follow the registration process
  • Select "Register Now" (it may take a moment to load)
  • You will see a screen indicating the registration was successful and you will receive an email confirmation 
  • You can also use the calendar icon in the top right to add the event to your calendar. Please note, depending on your calendar and time zone settings it may not have the right time. The time is included in the calendar description. Please confirm your time settings are correct.
  • All done! We will send more information on how to join the webinar closer to the event.

Here are some upcoming webinars you won't want to miss!

February 2023 Regulatory Hour: Regulation and the Impaired Practitioner
February 15, 2023, 4:00 pm ET
The February 2023 Regulatory Hour will focus on impaired practitioners and the role of regulatory boards as related to licensure. In balancing the statutory intent of public protection and the rights and needs of licensees, various models of approaches will be addressed including the role of public and private sector entities. Be sure to tune in to this important session and be prepared to contribute to this important topic.  


The When, How, and Why of the 2024 NPTE Redesign
March 1, 2023, 4:00 pm ET
The speakers will discuss the background behind the upcoming redesign of the National Physical Therapy Examinations—the new content outlines and item types—and the timeline for these changes. We will also discuss the implications of these changes for licensing jurisdictions, educators, and candidates. There will be plenty of time for questions.

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 !

Regulatory Workshop for Board Members and Administrators

This virtual workshop held March 10-12 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 will give an overview of FSBPT’s member services, and Dale Atkinson will review important aspects of being a regulator and provide tips and lessons learned.

You won't want to miss this! Here's how some of your fellow members have described the event:

  • "It is a must-do. I am grateful to have been able to send a chunk of my staff. They had good feedback and learned a lot."
  • "A great information dump of really useful stuff!"
  • "I would describe this as critical training for our role on the Licensing Board."
  • "A lot of fast-paced information presented in a fun way to keep me engaged."
  • "Essential!"

“DPT”: Is it a Protected Term in Your Jurisdiction?

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.

If your jurisdiction has updates on steps or actions you have taken regarding this issue, please let us know at .

FSBPT Forum: Consumer Protection Rating: How the ELDD can Protect the Public

The ELDD is a comprehensive physical therapy database of disciplinary, licensure, and examination score information. The information stored in this database helps jurisdictions in multiple ways. This article is based on a 2022 Annual Education Meeting presentation by Charles Harvey, Corie Tillman Wolf, and Jason Kaiser.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Update on Current FSBPT Initiatives

At the 2022 Annual Education Meeting, FSBPT shared updates on the latest initiatives. Watch the recording .

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

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

  • Item Writing Task Force

In The News

"Health care workforce shortage persists as states seek solutions," Sophie Quinton, Pluribus News, January 11, 2023

"The need for nurses and other critical staff creates bottlenecks throughout the health care system."

"State Lawmakers Target Travel Nurse Agencies," Korey Clark, LexisNexis, October 21, 2022

"During the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, travel nurses made national headlines for earning double or triple what nurses employed by health systems were making. Now some states are considering legislation to regulate travel nurse and other healthcare staffing agencies, including how much they can charge for their personnel."

"States Take Multiple Tacks Toward Easing Health Worker Shortage," Rich Ehisen, LexisNexis, May 31, 2022

"The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare any number of societal vulnerabilities, perhaps none more so than a growing shortage of health care workers some observers say is fast reaching crisis levels."

"State House Speaker expresses support for removing state barriers to work," Todd Myers, Washington Policy Center, January 9, 2023

"In each of the last two legislative sessions, there has been bipartisan support to reduce state barriers to work. Last year, legislators eased restrictions on people with a criminal conviction who have served their time, giving them an opportunity to find a new career."

"Why hasn’t AI delivered on its promise?" Peter Evans-Greenwood, Amina Crooks, Kellie Nuttall, Deloitte Insights, December 16, 2022

"AI exploded out of research some ten years ago, promising to deliver all manner of science fiction solutions. From autonomous cars and perfect prediction machines for business, through to ushering in the singularity (where machine intelligence accelerates past human intelligence). Pundits predicted systemic disruption as AI eliminated the need for humans in many fields of endeavor. Some even went so far as posit that we should stop training professions such as radiographers, as AI would soon be so superior that human radiographers would find it impossible to compete."

"Gov. Ricketts issues executive order aimed at strengthening healthcare workforce," Zane Culjat, KSNB Local, December 22, 2022

"In conjunction with Gov.-elect Jim Pillen, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has issued an executive order to expedite resources for hospital planning and increasing healthcare workforce capacity in the state."

"Healthcare Megaproviders Have Become a 'Megaproblem'," David Dranove, Lawton Burns, KelloggInsight, June 16, 2021

"An excerpt from the new book “Big Med” explains how hospital systems have ballooned—and how that may be hurting patients."

"2023 Large Employers’ Health Care Strategy Survey: Executive Summary," Business Health Group

"This survey explores the employers’ views on health and well-being, health care delivery reform, prescription drugs and health care costs."

"APTA Pushes Digital Health Companies to Use “Physical Therapy” in Marketing Materials Only When the Care is Directed by Licensed Physical Therapist," The National Law Review, December 22, 2022

"On December 2, 2022, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) published a statement concerning a recent decision from UnitedHealthcare and its contractor, Kaia Health, to stop marketing Kaia Health’s services as 'physical therapy' given that Kaia Health’s program does not consistently involve licensed physical therapists. As a result, digital health companies that market themselves as providing physical therapy should evaluate their marketing and customer communications to determine whether any revisions are required pursuant to the APTA’s guidance."

"INSIGHT, REGULATORY NEWS: Year in Review: 5 regulatory licensing themes in 2022," Ariel Visconti, Ascend, December 19, 2022

"As subscribers to our weekly recap of the biggest headlines in regulation will know, 2022 saw no shortage of news around regulatory licensing and digital government. But what were some of the biggest recurring themes of the year? To answer that question, we combed through hundreds of news stories about regulatory issues from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Here, we bring you the five biggest themes in regulation and licensing from 2022."

"Florida’s low NCLEX passage rates, crypto regulation, and property developer licensure: Weekly regulatory news," Paul Leavoy, Ascend, December 28, 2022

"A recently released Florida Center for Nursing report suggests passage rates for licensure exams are among the lowest in the country. The Capitolist reports that just over 64% of nursing candidates passed the Registered Nursing exam. Further, only 62% passed the Practical Nursing test and only about 59% of those pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Nursing passed the exam. The test scores are all notably lower than the passage rate nationally, according to the report, suggesting fewer qualified individuals could be entering the field."

"Ohio to recognize out-of-state licensing credentials," Paul Leavoy, Ascend, January 9, 2023

"A new bill signed into law by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine will require occupational licensing authorities to provide licenses to those that have equivalent licenses or other relevant credentials or experience in other states. Senate Bill 131 demands that licensing boards issue licenses or government certifications to applicants with a license, government or private certification, or satisfactory work experience in another state under certain circumstances. However, it will maintain State Teacher Retirement System membership as a requirement for certain school psychologists. It also prevents individuals from registering as credit services organizations and being licensed as manufacturers or wholesalers of fireworks."

Board Report

Board Report

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

Motion Approved
To approve the 2023 FSBPT grant program of $1 million to extend the member jurisdictional grants funding to allow adoption and implementation of FSBPT services and projects.

Motion Approved
To authorize approval of grant to Virgin Islands in the amount of $2,000

Motion Approved
To authorize approval of grant to Nevada in the amount of $17,470

Motion Approved
To authorize approval of grant to Alabama in the amount of $1,697

Motion Approved
To ratify December actions including approval of the MOU between PT Compact and FSBPT.

Motion Approved
To ratify December actions including approval of FSBPT forgiveness of debt from PT Compact in the amount of $120,719.

Board of Directors

Members of the board of directors serve as liaisons to multiple jurisdictions.

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

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

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

Cynthia Potter
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Adrienne Price
Arkansas, District of Columbia, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia

Michele Thorman
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Virgin Islands

David Relling
Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin

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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