While the Nursing Licensure Compact consumes a lot of the healthcare news headlines, a development that often flies under the radar is the slow and steady progress of the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact. As we reported in this space recently, on April 25, 2017, the PT Compact was officially enacted through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to facilitate interstate mobility and cross-state practice for physical therapists.
On February 9, 2018, the state of Colorado was reinstated as a member state with full privileges as part of the PT Compact. This brings the current number of states that have enacted Compact Legislation to 15, with the other member states being New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas, North Dakota, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon.
Progress is being made in eight other states that have introduced Compact Legislation in their current legislative session, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
In addition to the information to be found at the FSBPT website, a new standalone website has been established as a collection point for all of the latest information regarding progress in the enacting of the PT Compact. The website www.ptcompact.org contains important news and information about acquiring a PT Compact including eligibility and continuing education requirements. According to FSBPT, the commission is still determining a fee schedule with the published results expected within the first six months of this year. In the interim, interested therapists can sign up for compact notifications, including cost information once it is available, by registering here.
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