Legislative Issues

Dear AAOMPT Colleagues,

The AAOMPT Leadership in collaboration with the APTA Manipulation Work Group, the Orthopaedic Section, and several other groups have been in discussions regarding the recent “request for comments” from CAPTE for proposed changes they are considering to the PTA Evaluative Criteria. Please see the link to the CAPTE document. From our perspective there are multiple items in the proposed changes that concern us, but there are two in particular that we MUST strongly advocate from taking place. I would refer you to items #77 and #90 found on the CAPTE document. Item #77 refers to the PTA performing manual therapy and it lists passive range of motion and therapeutic massage as the components that a PTA can be taught to perform, which in reality we are all fine with. HOWEVER, there is an additional line that states "including, but not limited to", which is obviously unacceptable to us since this opens the flood gate from interpretation from each of the PTA programs to decide what manual therapy techniques they will teach to their PTA students. The other item is #90 which is related to PTA's performing "Joint Integrity and Mobility (including but not limited to: recognizing normal and abnormal joint movement)". This item is unacceptable to us in its totality given we do not believe PTA's should be performing assessment of joint mobility and integrity since performing this requires continuous evaluation, which is outside of the acknowledged skill set of the PTA.

As members of AAOMPT, we are asking for your assistance to stop these revisions from taking place. Please send an email to Mary Jane Harris (maryjaneharris@apta.org) and state that you would like CAPTE to make the following modifications to the proposed revisions to the CAPTE PTA Evaluative Criteria:

  • Remove the phrase "including, but not limited to" from item #77; and
  • Remove item #90 in its entirety.

We would respectfully request for you to please share your comments in a professional and collegial manner. As an FYI, the deadline is February 24th, 2014 so please take action ASAP.

I thank you in advance for your efforts!

Best regards,

Bob Rowe
AAOMPT president

CAPTA Revised PTA Evaluative Criteria




Practice Affairs Fund (PAF)

The 140 Club
Beginning January 2003, the 140 Club will be soliciting members to join this most prestigious group. The 140 Club is the designation used to describe and honor those individuals who have donated at least one hundred and forty dollars ($140.00) to the PAF in a calendar year. The "140" refers to the CPT code for manual therapy, 97140. The 140 Club members are investing in the future of our profession by ensuring that money and resources are available to fight for the protection of our right to practice orthopaedic manual physical therapy (OMPT). Examples of how PAF money is spent include the following disbursements: to the APTA in an effort to defray their costs in defending our right to bill Medicare patients for manipulation; to a video production firm for the video/DVD "Physical Therapy and Manipulation"; and to support state chapters in their battles with chiropractors on legislative issues related to the practice of OMPT.

Our 140 Club members receive numerous benefits:

  • A warm fuzzy feeling in the center of their chest;
  • Recognition in Articulations;
  • Recognition on our website;
  • Recognition at our annual conference.

The 140 Club needs your support; please join today (send check payable to AAOMPT and note that the money is for the PAF).


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The Manipulation Education Manual
For Physical Therapist Professional Degree Programs

The Manipulation Education Manual and related activities of the Manipulation Education Committee and the Manipulation Task Force are in place to support the continued development of manipulation instruction in physical therapist education by assisting faculty in their ability to integrate the current best-evidence–based interventions related to manipulation into educational activities. The specific purpose of the The Manipulation Education Manual is to provide resource information to assist faculty in curriculum planning and academic and clinical teaching related to manipulation. The Manipulation Education Manual is available now as a pdf document.

The Manipulation Education Manual (pdf - 2.7MB)