1980’s & 1990’s
Emphasis was placed on legislation, reimbursement, expanding member programs and services, and enhancing the management of the Chapter. The Chapter became an effective advocate before the Maryland General Assembly regarding issues that affect the physical therapy profession. A legislative effort was waged to prohibit referral for profit, i.e., prohibiting physicians from owning physical therapy services and referring patients to same. The Chapter also developed important working relationships with other health care associations to work in collaboration to address common health care issues.
APTA of Maryland, Inc. became pro-active in the reimbursement arena, established valuable relationships with insurance companies, and provided essential education and training services to members regarding reimbursement issues affected by health care reform. With the increased demand for the delivery of quality members programs and services, the Chapter hired its first full-time Executive Director in 1991. Legal Counsel with background in health care issues, Legislative Counsel to handle lobbying matters, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Public Relations Consultant were put on retainer.
The Chapter’s governance documents were overhauled, and an improved governing structure was established. The first executive director for the chapter was hired on a part-time basis in the late 1980's.