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SB 198 Signed by Governor Jerry Brown
SB 198: (Price), sponsored by the Physical Therapy Board of California, updates the Physical Therapy Practice Act to model Practice Act language. The bill was unanimously (8-0) voted out of the Assembly Business Professions and Consumer Protection Committee on June 25.
CPTA Board leadership voiced support for the bill at the hearing. According to the Assembly analysis, SB 198 is “a non-controversial comprehensive overhaul of the Act. This revision has been in process since 2004 by the Physical Therapy Board, stakeholders, and the public to clarify, update, and align the Act with best practices.” SB 198 was introduced with changes to section 2620 of the Physical Therapy Practice Act that would have updated and aligned the Practice Act with best practices.
CPTA was supportive of the proposed changes; however, in the April 24 Senate analysis (page 15), the bill author made it clear that if there were “concerns with the changes to section 2620” the section would be removed because the bill was intended to be non-controversial. Section 2620 was removed in the May 6 amended version. The bill becomes law on January 1, 2014.
SB 381- Senator Yee (D) – Joint Manipulation Bill to be Reintroduced in 2014!
SB 381, the bill that would prohibit physical therapists from performing joint manipulation was defeated in the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee however, it was granted reconsideration and will be heard again January 2014.
This bill would prohibit a health care practitioner from performing a joint manipulation or joint adjustment, unless he or she is a licensed chiropractor, physician and surgeon, or osteopathic physician and surgeon. The bill would provide that a health care practitioner who performs a joint manipulation or joint adjustment is in violation of these provisions and is engaged in the unlawful practice of chiropractic, which shall constitute, among other things, good cause for the revocation or suspension of the health care practitioner's license.
We need to ensure the members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development committee vote down SB 381 AGAIN! Send in your opposition letters TODAY!
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Call or Fax the members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development committee and urge them to vote NO on SB 381
Senator Ted Lieu (Chair) - Phone: 916-651-4028 Fax: 916-323-6056 Click here to email Senator Lieu
Senator Marty Block - Phone: 916-651-4039 Fax: 916-327-2188 Click here to email Senator Block
Senator Ellen Corbett - Phone: 916-651-4010 Fax: 916-327-2433 Click here to email Senator Corbett
Senator Cathleen Galgiani - Phone: 916-651-4005 Fax: 916-323-2277 Click here to email Senator Galgiani
Senator Ed Hernandez - Phone: 916-651-4024 Fax: 916-445-0485 Click here to email Senator Hernandez
Senator Jerry Hill - Phone: 916-651-4013 Fax: 916-324-0283 Click here to email Senator Hill
Senator Alex Padilla - Phone: 916-651-4020 Fax: 916-324-6645 Click here to email Senator Padilla
Senator Mark Wyland - Phone: 916-651-4038 Fax: 916-446-7382 Click here to email Senator Wyland
Senator Leland Y. Yee - Phone: 916-651-4008 Fax: 916-327-2186 Click here to email Senator Yee
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AB 864 - Assembly Member Skinner (D) – AT Licensure Bill Defeated in the Assembly Appropriations Committee
Thanks to all CPTA members who actively voiced your opposition to AB 864 (Skinner) Athletic Trainers! The bill died in the Assembly Appropriations Committee today. A vote was not taken and the bill was held in committee. The bill would have created an overly-broad definition of athletic training that is inconsistent with the knowledge base and education necessary to provide athletic training services.
SB 863 (Workers’ Compensation) Signed by Governor Brown
Governor Brown signed SB 863, a bill that requires the Division of Workers Compensation administrative director, by January 1, 2014, to adopt an official medical fee schedule for physician services based on the resource-based relative value scale (similar to Medicare). As defined, this legislation would authorize the administrative director no less frequently than biennially, to revise the official medical fee schedule for physician services, and would delete obsolete provisions relating to the adoption of a medical fee schedule. This bill would require the initial resource-based relative value scale official medical fee schedule to use a conversion factor or set of factors that is determined by the administrative director, as prescribed, to result in no overall increased costs to the workers’ compensation system.
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Clarification of PT Employment Relationships
Notice: The State of California Legislative Counsel has rendered an opinion that it is illegal for physical therapists to be employed by any professional corporation except for those owned by physical therapists and naturopaths.
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