Let us know if you can attend the hearings and help us get this vital legislation passed

February 19, 2019

On February 26th the House Health and Government Operations Committee and Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee will hold hearings at 1:00 pm on the Physical Therapy Compact Bill that APTA of Maryland has introduced. We need members of the House HGO and Senate EHEA Committees to come out and show your legislators that you support the bill and that you care about how they vote.

  • Let us know if we can count on you to join us February 26th (Email | Call 800.306.5596)
  • If you know a military spouse that would be impacted by this legislation let us know. We need your testimony (oral or written)

    Military spouses move A LOT and not all moves are planned with advanced notice. These moves often result in un- and underemployment of military spouses. In the PTLC, a military spouse is given the option to use the home-of-record, permanent change of station, or state where currently residing as the home state. This increased flexi-bility allows three chances for a military spouse to qualify for a compact privilege in a PTLC member state. The PTLC means the military spouse will not incur long delays waiting for licensure and can resume working more quickly after a duty-required move.
You do not need to testify but having you in the hearing room is vital. 

The Physical Therapy Compact is an agreement between members to provide a state-based collaborative approach to protect the public by increasing consumer access to physical therapy services by reducing regulatory barriers to interstate mobility and cross-state practice.The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy with the support of APTA has developed a compact that would allow licensees to practice in several states through this plan. Participation in multiple state practice is optional for each licensee but the state in which they reside must be a member of the compact. Practioners must be licensed in their home state and those who chose to participate must pay a fee which is considerably lower than the renewal fee for each additional state. Those who participate will have their renewal dates and continuing education requirements synced to their home state. One set of con ed requirements and one payment. Why is the PTLC needed?
The PTLC is needed to meet workforce needs, provide greater consumer access to physical therapy care, and address licensure portability issues. By creating a streamlined mechanism for licensed PTs and PTAs to practice across state lines, the PTLC will help connect consumers with the physical therapy services they need.

How does the PTLC affect scope of practice?
The PTLC does not change the scope of practice of PTs and PTAs in any state. Any PT or PTA working in a state under a compact privilege must follow the practice act of that state.

How does the PTLC work?
Eligible PTs and PTAs in PTLC states will have the option of obtaining a “compact privilege” in other participating states. To do so, the licensee must:
 Hold one valid, current, unrestricted license in his or her primary state of residence (home state);
 Be free of disciplinary action for at least two years;
 Meet any jurisprudence requirements of the remote state.

The PTLC Commission will verify eligibility, accept and remit any fees to the state, and finally notify the state of the licensee’s authorization to practice in the remote state. Compact privileges are now available in 9 states, and will be available in others very soon.