News Around KPTA

January 14, 2022

Yesterday the Kansas House Judiciary Committee introduced HB 2477 and announced it would hold a hearing on the bill on Thursday, January 13th at 3:30pm.


If enacted, the bill would extend EO 22-01 and EO 22-02 implemented by Gov. Kelly in response to a declaration of emergency surrounding COVID. The Orders would renew provisions of law earlier implemented during the COVID pandemic that expanded practice of certain healthcare professionals, suspend certain licensure requirements, and other requirements of adult care homes. The provisions would be implemented upon publication in the Register and expire on May 15th.


Of these changes, provisions I would draw to your attention include...

  • authorizing a medical student, physical therapist or medical emergency provider to work within a facility as a respiratory therapist extender;
  • authorizing a professional licensed in good standing in another state to practice in Kansas subject to such profession being licensed in Kansas;
  • authorizing a facility to use personnel affiliated with another designated healthcare facility as if they were affiliated with the facility; and
  • suspending certain requirements for healthcare professionals whose license has lapsed in the last five years to renew their license.


January 04, 2022

APTA Maryland is extending their member rate to take their new implicit bias training to all APTA members with promo code APTAmember.

Implicit Bias – Blind Spots in Physical Therapy Practice
$25 for APTA members and $50 for Non

This on-demand course explores racial and ethnic disparities in health status, health care, and physical therapy. It also reviews social vulnerabilities from these inequities including substance use disorders to treat acute and chronic pain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss racial bias and discrimination as it relates to inequities in pain experiences and pain care for black and brown communities
  • Recognize the impact of implicit or explicit bias in the management of patients with opioid use disorder
  • Discuss how the language we use stigmatizes patients with opioid use disorder
  • Identify one’s own implicit biases.

Educational Credit: Three Contact hours

Learn more at

October 08, 2021


APTA Kansas Supports Bone and Joint Health Action Week through Fit to a T Program

October 5, 2021, Lombard, Illinois—Developed by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) Bone and Joint Action Week, held annually October 12–20, focuses on disorders including arthritis, back pain, trauma, pediatric conditions, and osteoporosis. The themes and their related activities are designed to raise awareness worldwide about prevention, disease management and treatment. 

The APTA Kansas is pleased to support Bone and Joint Action Week at its Annual Conference October 15–16, 2021. The APTA Kansas is the member organization of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants that represents, promotes, and advocates for the profession of physical therapy, promotes evidence-based practice, and assists members in addressing the health and wellness needs of individuals in Kansas. APTA Kansas is a chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association.

On October 15, the APTA Kansas Annual Conference will feature the session, ‘Osteosarcopenia and Aging, Something Old, Something New, and What to Do’ with Timothy L. Kauffman PT, PhD, FAPTA, FGSA. This session will review pathologies leading to disability/death in aging. The session will also discuss the Fit to a T program, which Dr. Kauffman helped develop.  To register for the conference, please visit the website at

Fit to a T, a public/patient education program, presents the necessary steps to understanding why bones break suddenly and apparently without warning, and how to prevent such events which can cause people, particularly older people, to lose their independence. The incidence of these fractures in the US was declining, but in recent years this improvement has reversed. Covering bone health throughout the lifespan, the new version of Fit to a T focuses especially on those at highest risk of a fracture, and how to prevent these from occurring.

ATPA Kansas members and physical therapists in the Wichita area are invited to attend the Fall 2021 APTA Kansas Conference, including Dr. Kauffman’s session, and the latest on the Fit to a T program.

Affinity Strategies, a medical association and healthcare organization management company, is pleased to provide management services to both APTA Kansas and the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, and to facilitate connection between these organizations and the work they do to support key patient initiatives.

To learn more, contact Elizabeth Schumacher at


About the APTA Kansas

The APTA Kansas is the member organization of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants that represents, promotes, and advocates for the profession of physical therapy, promotes evidence-based practice, and assists members in addressing the health and wellness needs of individuals in Kansas. APTA Kansas is the Kansas chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The American Physical Therapy Association is an individual membership professional organization representing 100,000-member physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy. APTA is dedicated to pursuing a transformative vision for the physical therapy profession.

About the United States Bone and Joint Initiative

The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) is the U.S. National Action Network of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, a multi-disciplinary initiative targeting the care of people with musculoskeletal conditions — bone and joint disorders. Its focus is on improving your quality of life as well as advancing the understanding and treatment of those conditions through research, prevention, and education. Bones, and the joints that create function and movement, are connected by muscle and ligaments. Their state of health and how they enable Americans to lead an active and healthy life is what the Initiative aims to improve.

About Affinity Strategies

At Affinity Strategies, we serve only medical associations and healthcare organizations. We believe that expertise is more important than an organization’s size or brand name. Our dedicated staff and cultivated team of partners and thought leaders have the medical specialty and subspeciality-specific expertise and experience needed to help organizations thrive. We strongly believe healthcare industry organizations need support from healthcare-focused collaborative partners. Just as medicine grows more subspecialized, we believe that association management services should also be subspecialized.

Contact APTA KS

 403 W. St. Charles, Ste. B
Lombard, IL 60148

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