Welcome to the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA)

The PPTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life in individuals in society by advancing physical therapy practice, education and research in the state, across the country, and around the world. We strive to increase the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role to follow healthcare providers, lawmakers and the public.

PPTA is a chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and represents more than 5,700 dedicated physical therapy professionals and students across the commonwealth. With educational opportunities, networking, and resources for the PT professional. PPTA is committed to fostering advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education for its members and its community.

2020 MovePA Virtual Conference Recording Package

Missed the live 2020 MovePA educational sessions? Purchase the 2020 PPTA MovePA Virtual Conference Recording package to review all of the recorded sessions and receive your contact hour credits before Dec. 31, 2020! Visit the 2020 MovePA page for more information.

Interoperability and Information Blocking

APTA announced that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has moved the startup date for the Information Blocking Rule from Nov. 2, 2020 to April 5, 2021. ONC spokesperson Dan Rucker’s press release stated that the extension was made “to allow everyone in the healthcare ecosystem to focus on the COVID-19 response.” This rule could have a major impact on PT practices. Kara Gainer, APTA’s director of regulatory affairs states, “The information blocking rule is an entirely new regulatory requirement that could have serious implications for providers, health IT developers, health information networks, and others. This postponement provides an opportunity to dive into the details of the new rule that require comprehensive understanding.” For more information, PPTA members can access links on the Interoperability and Information Blocking Resource page.

Latest News

Members: View the Dec. 2020 APTA Practice Update

The Practice & Research Committee has gathered important December 2020 APTA Practice Updates. Go to the Practice & Research Committee page to view this members only resource!

ATTENTION MEMBERS: PPTA Research Award Grant Applications Now OPEN

The PPTA Practice & Research Committee is now accepting applications for the 2021 PPTA Research Grant. PPTA has allocated up to $1,500 for this award. Interested investigators should read the Guidelines for Grant Applicants to review the award criteria and determine eligibility.

Eligible investigators are invited to complete and submit the electronic Application for Grant Award by the application deadline on Jan. 31, 2021 at 12 Noon.

For questions, please contact Mary Ann Wharton, Practice & Research Chair at [email protected].

Licensure Renewal Questions? Learn More

Although the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy is who you want to reach out to for your licensure questions, PPTA leadership has compiled licensure renewal information in one place to help! Review the Licensure Renewal Information page for guidance and contact the PA State Board for further questions.

PPTA Ethics Seminar Registration

Register today for the PPTA Ethics Seminar! During this difficult time, the PPTA leadership wants to ensure members are supported in various ways - especially while many PTs and PTAs are on the frontlines providing care. With that, the PPTA Ethics Committee is excited to offer a new member benefit with a new pace-based Ethics Seminar. Registration is FREE for members and $25 for non-members.

Approved for: 2 Ethics/Law Contact Hours

Learn more & register today!

"PT Advocacy in Action: The Legislative Process" Micro-Learning Available

Introducing the newest micro-learning webinar from the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, titled "PT Advocacy in Action: The Legislative Process." This 9-minute micro-learning describes the process for how a bill becomes a law in Pennsylvania. Additionally, viewers will learn how advocacy fits into this process. There is a PDF of the presentation as there are 2 embedded links viewers may find useful. Please visit the Public Policy and Advocacy page to view the webinar.