Legislative Priorities

PT Interstate Licensure Compact

The licensing compact bill (HF 2425) passed the House State Government Committee on February 15, 2018. The bill received unanimous approval from the committee. Rep. Kevin Koester (R-Ankeny) is the floor manager. 

The PT Licensure Compact (HF 2425) passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday, March 29 and was signed by Governor Reynolds on Wednesday, April 4. Thank you to the legislative committee and our advocates who worked on this issue.

As of April 25, 2017, the PT Licensure Compact achieved the threshold number of states needed to move forward with forming the structure of the Compact. The Iowa Physical Therapy Association will be seeking legislation in 2018 for the Compact to be applicable in Iowa for PTs.

Click here for more information from FSBPT on the Interstate Licensure Compact.

Click here for updates from the PT/OT Board on the Interstate Licensure Compact.

Telehealth

In August 2017, the Iowa PT/OT Board gave notice of intended changes to the Iowa Administrative Code that would impact Chapter 208, “Practice of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants” to add requirements for telehealth. For a current copy of the proposed rules and updates on the rules process click here.

Currently, IPTA is monitoring HSB572

For more information from APTA on telehealth click here.

Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee

During the 2017 Legislative Session an interim committee was appointed by the Iowa Legislature to address the opioid epidemic in Iowa. In October 2017 the Iowa Physical Therapy Association presented to the Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee along with other health care organizations from across Iowa. The committee is scheduled to submit a report, including findings and recommendations, to the Governor and the General Assembly by November 15, 2017.

In October of 2016 IPTA launched a local campaign to raise awareness of the APTA #ChoosePT campaign in Iowa. IPTA members have access to the most up to date information from APTA about the risks of opioids and the safe alternative of physical therapy for long-term pain management. Learn more at #ChoosePT page.

Dry Needling

On August 17, 2015, the Iowa Association of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture filed a Petition for Declaratory Order pursuant to Iowa Code §17A.9 and 645 IAC Chapter 8. The Petition requests a Declaratory Order from the Iowa Board of Physical & Occupational Therapy regarding dry needling. Click here for a copy of the order.

On September 11, 2015, the Board held a public hearing regarding the Petition. Click here to read the results of the hearing.

On January 14, 2016 the Iowa PT/OT Board issued a Ruling on the Petition for Declaratory Order which determined that Iowa physical therapists are authorized by law to perform a procedure commonly referred to as "dry needling”.

On July 15, 2016, this matter came before the Court for oral argument regarding the Iowa Association of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture’s Petition for Judicial Review of the Iowa PT/OT Boards decision. At that time the Courts ruled that the decision by the Iowa PT/OT board on January 14, 2016 was affirmed and PT’s are authorized to perform dry needling.

The case has since been appealed by IAOMA and at this time is pending in the Iowa Supreme Court.

Click here for more resources on Dry Needling from APTA.

Concussion

HF 2006, legislation pertaining to brain injuries and high school athletes, passed the House Education Committee. Physical therapists are included as a "licensed health care professional" that can remove an athlete from activities if he/she observes signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury. 

On Thursday, April 26, Governor Kim Reynolds signed the concussion bill. House File 2442 updates the state’s existing concussion law to better protect Iowa high school athletes. The bill requires brain injury policies for certain extracurricular interscholastic activities and includes applicability provisions.

For more information on Concussion Management Guidelines for Iowa Schools developed by the Iowa Department of Public Health partners with Iowa Department of Education click here.