When it comes to healthcare we’ve all felt like our voices weren’t being heard, at one time or another. Corey Kuipers is trying to bridge that gap by working alongside state legislators to advocate for better patient outcomes and advancements in the field of physical therapy.
Corey is the clinic director and a physical therapist at our Coopersville office. He’s passionate about raising awareness when it comes to the role of physical therapy, the value physical therapy brings to health care, and the quality of care that all patients receive. This week Corey attended the Michigan Physical Therapy Association’s (MPTA) Legislative Advocacy Day in Lansing. As a member of the MPTA, Corey spent the day with legislators, discussing important agenda items that the MPTA will be focusing on this year. The two main topics for 2019 are outlined below.
Michigan Physical Therapy News & Agenda Items
Physical Therapists & PT Assistants As Mandatory Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse: HB 4108 This legislation would add physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse or child neglect. PTs and PTAs are not currently mandatory reporters for children but they are for vulnerable adults. Although we are ethically obligated to report suspected child abuse, HB4108 would add legal protections, such as civil and criminal immunity as well as confidentiality, when reporting suspected child abuse in good faith. As the law stands right now, if you reported suspected child abuse and the family found out, they could take legal action against the therapist or their practice. This bill would help prevent that.
Legislation to Allow Michigan to Join The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact: SB 22 This legislation would increase consumer access to physical therapy by reducing the regulatory barriers to interstate mobility and cross state practice. Simply, this means physical therapists could practice outside the state without obtaining a new license in that state. A “home state” license would be required, then therapists could apply online, submit a fee, and complete the relevant juris prudence exam to be able to exercise compact privileges in a “remote state.” Creating improved access across state borders is essential due to new models of health care delivery, mobility of patients and providers, workforce issues and new technologies such as telehealth programs.
It’s important to have people like Corey advocating on behalf of our profession. As always, our top priority is to provide the best possible care for each and every patient and sometimes we can ease the process along by partnering with our state and local governments. As a patient, we hope that you will always feel comfortable expressing your opinions and feedback when it comes to your healthcare. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our state’s policies, please feel free to reach out to Corey by setting up a free consultation with him.
The Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) is a professional organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students who have joined together to assure that high ethical professional standards are maintained and that quality health care in the areas of prevention, education and rehabilitation of movement dysfunction and wellness are received for all consumers in the state of Michigan. They’re also a great source for all Michigan physical therapy news.