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Acting to put more pros in physical therapy practice

Professional steps the California Physical Therapy Association takes in Sacramento give San Diego professionals more work to do.
Professional steps the California Physical Therapy Association takes in Sacramento give San Diego professionals more work to do.
Adam Benjamin

Delivering recovery services to active San Diegans, without professional hold ups, in 2014, moves ahead. Work physical therapists will not miss out on. Thanks to the California Physical THerapy Association.

The "voice for physical therapy professionals in the State of California," the third largest phsyical therapy associaiton inthe world says, helps make physical therapy model professional work.

Members in the San Diego area can be among the first to learn new results producing work in the field. San Diegans get membership learning deals. Later in February, at the Boys and Girls Club on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, therapists will build up the skills practice by learning the AquaStretch (TM) manual release technique. A continuing education course held at SDSU, in May, will teach clinical instructors to plan and prepare health care students for work during clinical education. Participants can earn the American Physical THerapy Association's clinical instructor certification.

Doing good work in the profession also means keeping state law out of the way of opportunities to give the best service delivery a professional can. The members get regular opportunities to "voice their opinions about the future of the profession." In March, the association takes a groupd of members to PT Legislative Day in Sacramento to learn the bills in the assembly written to regulate physical therapy, before they can impact the field. With a CPTA lobbyist, and the public relations firm, local members will have an opportunity to meet with their local legislators, and, design a "comprehensive legislative strategy" the group will make to advance the physical therapy profession.

Signing up for membership guarantees more than a contribution to the aassociation's legislative work on bills taken up to prevent therapists from ever coming short on pay. Any regulation that keeps professionals away from opportunities to do good work counts for a bill open to a professional okay on the association's bill watch list. Last year, a bill the associaiton co-sponsored in Sacramento, ended the times state law held back physical therapists from seeing patients without the patient first getting a medical diagnosis from a doctor. The assembly bill local assemblymembers Lorena GOnzalez and Brian Jones voted for gave therapists 45 days and 12 visits to see patients without a doctor's work. Ninety percent of patients will end therapy services before a doctor is needed, the associaiton reported last October after the California GOvernor signed the bill into law. Longer physical therapy is done using a doctor's plan of care.
The bill also ended the times physical therpaits are too low a professional to build up their own body of health practicioners made up of a diverse set of active life professionals. Multidisiplinary work has the state's support.

The association President gave the public notice on the finished work on the improvement for the profession. Telling the public, walking right in off the street to see a physical therapist, called direct access, now is a "reality for all Californians." Joining the association lineup on PT Legislative Day is just one 2014 step members can take to keep up the fight on proving professionals know best how to work on San Diegan's health for an active life.

The line continues next week. . . . .

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