Legislation

As a service to our members, APTAMD is working to update members on legislative news and information through our members only legislative portal.  There you will find a list of bills we are monitoring, hearing schedules, links to resources and prewritten letters for you and your patients.  Legislative information is also updated continuously during the Session at the Maryland General Assembly web site. Members may also submit a question or comment on legislative issues by email to aptamd@aptamd.org.

Action Needed!

We’re at a critical crossroads. The profession needs your voice and we need it now. It is very important that everyone submit comments to CMS in response to the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, which includes the proposal to cut payment to physical therapy by an estimated 9%.
To help promote the submission of comments, APTA has prepared a customizable template letter specifically for APTA Sections and Academies to use to submit comments to CMS. 

Once the comment letter is finalized and you’re ready to submit:

  • Click here: Submit Comments.
  • Copy and paste your first paragraph into the comment box. Upload your final letter as an attachment. Provide answers to the information being asked (Name, etc.). And then SUBMIT.

Please also spread the word to members that we have available template letters for all PTs, PTAs, and students and patients. They can submit their letter to CMS here.

APTA Maryland Priorities

  • Fair Copays
  • Network Adequacy
  • CMS Proposed Cut of Physical Therapy Services in 2021
  • Social Determinants of Health

Annual Lobby Day 

Become a Champion for the Profession!  Protecting patient care and the physical therapy profession requires advocacy and we need your voice in Annapolis.  Each year the Chapter has a Physical Therapy Impact Day in Annapolis. Let your legislators know about our profession and the issues we care about. The day begins with a briefing by our lobbyists on the current bills affecting the profession. Then it’s off to meet our legislators (and we even set up the appointments for you). We are monitoring the plans for the 2021 legislative session and will share an update once we learn the dates, process, and plan.  >>>Learn More

SAVE THE DATE for February 10, 2021

APTA Maryland Advocacy App

APTA of Maryland has a free State Action Alert app.The Action App is a powerful tool for PTs, PTAs, students, and patients on the go. You’ll be able to keep up with items on the legislative agenda and given prompts to contact your legislators.Available for free download in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Once launched, select State Advocacy and then Maryland.

Legislative Committee and Lobbyist Information

The Chapter Legislative Committee works with the Lobbyist Firm, Barbara Brocato and Associates, and the APTAMD Board of Directors. This committee is a resource for members to get answers to specific questions regarding legislation in Maryland. Advocacy and Legislation at a National level is handled by APTA.

If you would like to become more involved in legislative issues please email us at aptamd@aptamd.org. The support and participation of all APTAMD members is much appreciated as we continue this investment in our future. If you have any suggestions, questions, answers or want to get more involved in any other way, please let us know.

Physical Therapy Regulations

The Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (BOE) is the licensing and continuing education approval entity for physical therapy professionals in Maryland. Duties of the Board include writing regulations, interpreting the scope of practice, educating licensees, and disciplining those who violate the law. The most important function is protecting the citizens of Maryland. >>Learn More

Legislative Action Center

APTA members can log in to the Legislative Action Center to send prewritten messages to their legislators.  

Patient Action Center

Nonmembers and the public can use the Patient Action Center to send prewritten messages to their legislators.

Regulatory Action Center

Congress isn't the only group that needs to hear from you. Use the Regulatory Action Center to access template letters for contacting CMS and other regulators.