This is just a quick update from the Government Affairs Committee. We have been hard a work identifying bills pertinent to Physical therapy practice in the state of Colorado. Over 25 bills are being monitored as they move through the senate and the house.
News from the physical therapy board includes that new rules concerning PT assistants went into effect on March 1, 2012. One of these new rules states that PTA's can not do joint mobilization UNLESS the supervising PT feels that the PTA has had the proper experience and training. This includes all grades of mobilization (including grade V, thrust mobilization).
Small meetings are taking place between the acupuncture lobby and PT's who use dry needling. There has been reported progress from the perspective of the PT's in educating acupuncturists in how dry needling is different from their practice.
The board is also reviewing the continuing competency requirements in the state of Colorado. It sounds like there will be changes coming to these requirements sometime soon.
The Colorado APTA chapter recognized the University of Colorado PT program for hosting the second, annual Legislative Day at the state capitol on Feb. 28, 2012. Check out the story on the CO APTA web page at https://webmail.ucdenver.edu/owa/redir.aspx?C=0eba34647cf34309868622c9444d8ce7&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.aptaco.org%2f