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December 06, 2017

Dry Needling FAQs

In May of 2016, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed legislation (CCR 2615) clarifies that dry needling is within the scope of practice of physical therapists in Kansas.  Over the years, dry needling has been challenged in Kansas and this was a great resolution to many years of hard work.  The final piece of this legislation was the implementation of rules and regulations for dry needling.  On April 14th of 2017, the dry needling rules and regulations were passed by the Board of Healing Arts (BOHA).  These rules and regulations were based upon the work and collaboration of the KPTA, Physical Therapy Advisory Council (PTAC) and the BOHA.

These new regulations went into effect May 12, 2017. If you are dry needling or plan to dry needle, you need to understand these regulations. KPTA has developed a Frequently Asked Questions resource.Click here to download the document.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Westerberg PT , or our Executive Director, Anne Harding.


December 04, 2017


Carolyn Bloom Lifetime Achievement Award

This award honors a KPTA member who has a history of service to PT professional organizations and the PT profession in general. Criteria includes 25+ years' KPTA/APTA member, 15+ years' service to KPTA/APTA or other components through committee work, or project/achievement that significantly promoted the PT profession.

Outstanding Physical Therapist Student and Candy Bahner Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Student Award

This award honors outstanding KS-based students with high academic achievements and community involvement. Nominees must meet eligibility requirements of APTA"s "Mary McMillan Scholarship Award".

Distinguished Clinical Service Award

This award gives members an opportunity to honor a peer who has provided long, loyal and professional clinical service to the PT profession. Criteria includes extensive PT practice, involvement in outreach programs, professional and positive attitude and/or other paramedical or medical service.

Susan Tork Distinguished Service Award

This award is given to a KPTA member who has given honorable, dedicated and meritorious service to the Chapter and community. Criteria includes extensive professional commitment, physical therapy education, innovative ideas, and/or community outreach.

Friend of PT Award

This award honors an individual who has contributed to the profession of physical therapy and to the Chapter. Criteria includes active contribution to the advancement and support of PT profession. Nominees do not have to be a PT professional or a KPTA member.

 Award for Academic Excellence

Faculty member within Kansas who has made significant contributions to PT education.

Click here for the nomination form.


October 31, 2017

2017 KPTA Town Hall Meetings 

Register Today!

Topics to be discussed Resources

2017-2018 KPTA Strategic Plan including Legislative Initiatives

Payment Update/Red Flags

Misvalued Codes

National PT Outcomes Registry

PT Now


Remaining Locations and Dates

Monday, December 4, 2017

Overland Park

Tuesday, December 5, 2017



Thursday, December 7, 2017



 Click here for the registration form. 



September 21, 2017



Greetings to all you wonderful Physical Therapy professionals!


Oct 14th is the Global PT Day of Service. The KPTA encourages you to plan and participate in a community event where you live and work and share your story of how your service helped transcend the world and your profession. Please take pictures and send to .  Share your experiences on Facebook and twitter.


The focus for PTDOS this year is to TRANSCEND: creating transcendent moments of service throughout the world, transcending our profession to unify healthcare providers, friends, and family in service to make a better world.


There are two projects already underway:


1) Collaborative effort among KUMC, Rockhurst, and St. Mary's Physical Therapy students:
We will be volunteering at the Special Olympics Metro Regional Bowling Tournament as lane attendants. Lane attendants are responsible for working with athletes at an assigned lane.

Time Slots: 8:30am - 11:30am and 11:00am - 2:00pm (Volunteers can work both or just one)
Park Lanes, 7701 Renner Road, Shawnee 
College Lanes, 10201 College Blvd, Overland Park
Volunteers will be provided a t-shirt upon arrival and check-in.   

2)Sign up here:!1954165/false/false


2) Joint effort between WSU PT students and the KPTA:  Volunteering at a local nursing facility to carve pumpkins on Oct. 14th.


Limited slots available so sign-up here:


Did you get your #ptdos shirt yet? Click on the link in our bio to order your




June 26, 2017

The APTA – Working for YOU!

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) works on the behalf of Physical Therapists nationally regarding many aspects of patient treatment and autonomous practice.  Federally, this is equally true.  This article will outline the current Federal legislation that the APTA is currently working diligently on.  In addition, each state has a Federal Affairs Liaison and key contact(s) that work with APTA at a state level to contact our Senators and Congressmen/Congresswomen to work toward resolution of each bill. 

It is important to know the Senators and Congressmen/Congresswomen for the State of Kansas.  They are:  Senator Jerry Moran, Senator Pat Roberts, Congressman Kevin Yoder, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, Congressman Roger Marshall, and Congressman Ron Estes.  It is also very important to know that YOU, as a Physical Therapist/ Physical Therapist Assistant and Constituent, can effect change for our profession by directly contacting these people.

Of course, the most prominent piece of Federal legislation that is being diligently worked on is The Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (repeal of the Therapy Cap; HR807/S352).  In 2015, Congress passed legislation to permanently repeal the SGR formula but the Therapy Cap only received an extension until 12/31/2017.  In 2015, Senators Cardin/Vitter tried to pass an amendment that would repeal the Therapy Cap but it was defeated 58-42 (needed 60 votes for passage).  Currently we have 151 House and 26 Senate sponsors/co-sponsors of the bill. 

The Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act (HR1639/S619) is another bill currently in process.  This bill would ensure that patients receive access to physical therapy services to meet the needs of both rural and underserved areas in Kansas.  The bill would also add Physical Therapists to the list of providers who are eligible to participate in the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) student loan repayment program.  NHSC is a program within HHS and HRSA that provides incentives (loan repayment) to medical professional who work in rural and underserved areas with particularly apparent shortages.  Legislation currently includes MD, DO, PA, NP, mid-wife, dental hygienists, psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family counselors; there is currently no rehabilitation component to this list of included groups.  This list of providers has not been updated since 1989!

The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2017 (HR302/S808) provides certain licensure clarifications and legal protections for physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers who practice across state lines as they travel with professional and collegiate teams or other athletes/teams sanctioned by a national governing body.  This bill has passed the House!  It has now been assigned number SB808 for the Senate, and they are working it forward through the 115th Congress.  The issues are that liability insurance may not cross state lines and follow traveling PTs or PTAs; PTs and PTAs practice in all setting and can assist in triaging injuries during sport; and can provide services immediately, in lieu of waiting until the athlete is back home.  The goal for this bill is that PTs and PTAs will be able to practice without fear of repercussion.

Supporting Athletes, Families, and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth Act (Safe Play Act; HR829/S436) is legislation that recognizes Physical Therapists as health care professionals qualified to make return to participation decisions for youth sports concussion.  Additionally, it provides for education, awareness, action plans, training and further research related to health issues associated with sports – including cardiac conditions, concussions, and heat advisories – in which PTs play a role.  Multidisciplinary collaboration is essential in evaluating the appropriateness for a safe return to play.  The Safe Play Act would allow for the development of concussion management guidelines that address the prevention, identification, treatment and management of concussions in school-aged children.  APTA is seeking interested majority party members to help shape legislation that will give youth-athletes the best education, care and support they can receive.

Neither the CONNECT for Health Act of 2017 (HR2556/S1016) nor the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (HR2550/S+++) have been reintroduced.  It appears that the Senate may introduce the CONNECT bill sometime during the Spring/Summer of 2017.  The House may likely hold off, and introduce both the CONNECT and Parity bills sometime late in 2017.  APTA staff have continued to discuss these bills with sponsor offices for the two bills to find common ground with the two pieces of legislation.  The prohibitive factor for both pieces of legislation is the cost.  The House telehealth working group is attempting to locate areas where the cost can be contained within both bills.

Regarding TRICARE and PTAs, the APTA can state without ambiguity that PTAs, unfortunately, are not permitted under any circumstances to provide services for payment under TRICARE.  Over the past several years, the APTA has been pushing TRICARE to internally make these changes.  APTA is now working with Congress to find a way to resolve this issue via legislation, adding PTAs as authorized providers to TRICARE.

This begs the question…” what can I do?” and “how can I get involved?”.  Legislators and staffers spend time on people who contact their offices and value increased engagement from constituents.  You can effect change by:

  • Educate yourself on the issues and how they affect you / patients,
  • Contact Legislators with individualized communication,
  • One staffer quoted, “A better informed constituent can have more influence than a mass messaging of vague opinion”,
  • Inform your Legislators/staffers as to how the bills impact the district, reasons for supporting or opposing the bill, personalize your correspondence,
  • Reference the specific legislation, bill # or title; name the organization generating a campaign (i.e. APTA), include a personal story or patient story,
  • Download the APTA Take Action app
  • Attend a Town Hall meeting or similar event for your Legislator(s)
  • Reach out to your District Chief of Staff
  • Follow Legislators on social media
  • Contribute to your Legislator’s campaign
  • Become a member of the APTA
  • Attend the Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington DC
  • Support your PT Political Action Committee (

PT-PAC gains access to Senators and Representatives that we otherwise would not obtain.  We all need to think of PT-PAC as the “insurance” of our profession (protecting your future…).  Recent quote: “If every APTA member gave $20 annually to the PT-PAC, we would have the largest PAC, realizing greater access” - Michael Matlack, Director, Grassroots & Political Affairs



June 13, 2017

APTA Patient Action Center - Help Patients Find Their Voice

The APTA Patient Action Center ( gives patients and nonmembers the opportunity to send prewritten letters to their members of Congress. This allows Members of Congress to hear about the patient impact that certain bills or federal regulations will have on their constituents.

Click here tpo find out why you should be a part of the APTA Patient Action Center

July 21, 2016

Jurisprudence Exam offered by KPTA - Now Available Online

  Click here to purchase and take the exam


Physical therapist and physical therapist assistants licensed in KS have the opportunity to earn one (1) credit hour of CE credit by taking the Jurisprudence Exam developed by the PT Advisory Council of the KS State Board of Healing Arts. 


Physical therapist and physical therapist assistants licensed in KS have the opportunity to earn one (1) credit hour of CE credit by taking this Jurisprudence Exam developed by the PT Advisory Council of the KS State Board of Healing Arts.

Exam Specifics

  • The cost of the exam is $18 for members and $30 for nonmembers of the KPTA.
  • Participants are welcomed and encouraged to review the KS State Physical Therapy Practice Act along with it's rules and regulations, and the FAQs found on the Board of Healing Arts website at prior to and while taking this exam.
  • Participants will have 2 hours to complete this exam.
  • A certificate of completion and 1 contact hour of CE credit will be awarded to those participants who score 88% or higher on the 25 question exam.

This exam was developed by the PT Advisory Council of the KS State Board of Healing Arts. 

Reference List
The KS Physical Therapy Practice Act and its' Rules and Regulations found at

KS PTs and PTAs will become familiar with the Physical Therapy Practice Act for Kansas. 

Contact Hours/Continuing Education Units
Completion of the CE Module is equivalent to 1 contact hour.



  Click here to purchase and take the exam


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