Legislative & Advocacy Priorities 116th Congress

PPS is committed to pursuing the following legislative and regulatory priorities

  • Achieve legislation that allows physical therapists to privately contract with Medicare patients
  • Influence payment reform proposals, and continue to fight for fair and equitable payment for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in private practice across the healthcare continuum
  • Continue to pursue the expansion of the locum tenens provision of Medicare to include physical therapists practicing in all communities
  • Eliminate administrative barriers for Medicare beneficiaries to optimize access to physical therapists for treatment
  • Pursue favorable Medicare standards for supervision of assistive personnel across physical therapy practice settings
  • Pursue legislation that promotes transparency, patient access, quality of care, and patient choice of both providers and settings for Medicare and Medicare Advantage beneficiaries
  • Address and mitigate the negative effects associated with physician self-referral
  • Oppose increased privatization of the Medicare program in order to decrease confusion in the marketplace and protect consumers


  • Achieve legislation that requires Medicare and federal health plans to provide parity for both coverage and payment for physical therapist services through telehealth
  • Evaluate opportunities for the inclusion of physical therapists in legislation that promotes the use of technological innovations in healthcare
  • Promote legislation that supports the utilization of electronic health records by physical therapists


  • Promote physical therapy as an essential health benefit in all insurance plans
  • Pursue elimination of arbitrary limits to access and obstruction for payment for services provided by physical therapists
  • Address and mitigate the negative effects of market control on physical therapists in private practice and their patients, including opposing networks and policies that unreasonably limit patient access and choice
  • Support consumer opportunities and choice by increasing transparency of coverage across all payers and healthcare provider pricing
  • Advocate to retain guaranteed access to insurance for those with pre-existing conditions as well as protect the ban on rescission for those who do have coverage


  • Promote physical therapists as providers of preventative and wellness services as well as managers of chronic disease
  • Pursue legislation to require physical therapist services to be a mandated covered service under Medicaid
  • Support policies that empower physical therapists to evaluate and support healthy and independent lifestyles and to promote mobility throughout the lifespan


  • Advocate for standardized processes to promote administrative simplification
  • Address physical therapy workforce issues including cost of education; pursue federal programs to reduce student loan burden
  • Monitor, respond to, and participate in tax reform efforts to benefit physical therapists in private practice
  • Support opportunities for small businesses to purchase health insurance across state lines; advocate for the expansion of Association Health Plans and group purchasing


  • Mandate that physical therapists are included in the medical team providing care to address concussion management, chronic pain, and social determinants of health
  • Promote policy that increases opportunities for Veterans to receive outpatient services provided by physical therapists in private practice
  • Support legislation that promotes the use of physical therapist services as non-pharmacological treatment options in response to the opioid crisis