Physical Therapist Assistants

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Cuts to Physical Therapy Services Provided by PTAs

Our Position:
APTA supports the Stabilizing Medicare Access to Rehabilitation and Therapy Act — SMART Act (H.R. 5536). This bipartisan legislation would mitigate the impact of the impending 15% cut under Medicare Part B when services are provided by a physical therapist assistant. H.R. 5536 was introduced by Reps. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and Jason Smith, R-Mo. >> Learn more about the PTA Differential and how you can take action.

Membership Benefits for PTAs

APTAMD has a PTA on our Board of Directors and provides funding for 2 of our PTAs to participate in APTA’s PTA Caucus. The Caucus is leading efforts to increase PTA representation within APTA to 10,000 members! From discounts to professional growth opportunities, including the growing PTA Advanced Proficiency Pathways program, APTA offers more benefits than ever before.

Resources for APTAMD members: mentorship, 34 (3.4) FREE continuing education units, discounted course fees for the annual conference, and implicit bias training.

The APTA Maryland has a PTA Caucus Representative, Kelly Yeager, who not only represents the Chapter with the National PTA Caucus but also assists the Chapter to be the point contact for our PTA members to discuss interests and needs. Our PTA Caucus Rep sits on our Board of Directors. In addition, we have an alternate PTA Caucus Representative, Stephanie Thomson.

PTA Spotlights

Check out our PTA Spotlights to learn about one of APTAMD’s active Physical Therapist Assistants by highlighting the excellent work provided by the clinician within our chapter. The articles will provide insight on why membership is important and how one views their career as a PTA.

APTA's PTA Advanced Proficiency Pathways

The premier program for increasing a PTA’s knowledge and skill in a chosen area of physical therapy. PTAs gain advanced proficiency knowledge and skill in one of the following areas:

  • Acute care.
  • Cardiovascular/pulmonary.
  • Geriatrics.
  • Neurology. (NEW pathway available!)
  • Oncology.
  • Orthopaedics.
  • Pediatrics.
  • Wound management.

Leading the Way

The Importance of Getting Involved with APTAMD and APTA
PTAs are crucial members of the physical therapy profession, with a proud history and a promising future. We need you on Chapter committees to make sure the PTA voice is a part of all facets of what we do. As a member you can join any committee. PTA leadership and involvement in APTA has brought about internal changes such as the Caucus and the full component vote, as well as external changes—such as a recent major policy change by TRICARE.
PTA Members Say it Best