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Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy Day

Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy Day

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.

Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy DayIt’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.

Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy DayMPTA & Michigan Physical Therapy News

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.

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Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy Day

We’re Grateful This Holiday Season

We’re Grateful This Holiday Season

Gratitude is common theme around our clinics these days. As we reflect on the past year, we have so much to be grateful for.

We know that our patients come to us with challenges to overcome and pain that’s altering their lives. We try our best to make therapy fun and strive to be that glimmer of hope that let’s you know that things will get better, and that we’re here to face those challenges with you.

We’re Grateful This Holiday SeasonAn important piece of the puzzle belongs to our team members, whom we’re so thankful for – those who truly have our patient’s best interests at heart. This year we expanded our business with the addition of clinics in Caledonia, Comstock Park, and Allendale. And we’ve been blessed to have been able to help so many people overcome pain, fatigue, and challenges within their lives.

While 2018 has been one for the books, none of it would have been possible without YOU – our patients, friends, corporate clients, and partners – for that we say thank you. We genuinely wish each and every one of you the happiest of holidays and the hope that 2019 is your best year yet!

We’re Grateful This Holiday Season

Make 2019 your year to shine. If you’re experiencing pain of any kind, remember that we’re always here to help. Take advantage of our free consultations, where you can talk about your pain and symptoms, one-on-one with a physical therapist, who can help determine if physical therapy is right for you.

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We’re Grateful This Holiday Season

Holiday Giving 2018

Holiday Giving 2018

The holiday season is upon us and for many people it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of an ever-filling calendar. We’re no exception to the busyness of the season, and that’s why we always make it a priority to give back during this time of year. If you’re looking for an organization to donate to this season, we’re supporting a few local operations. Check back throughout the season as we continue to update our list. Most of our clinics are accepting donations through December 19, You al also reach out to each individual clinic for details.

Holiday Giving 2018

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Holiday Giving 2018

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Caledonia > 9321 Cherry Valley
Cedar Springs > 308 S. Main
Comstock Park > 4615 W. River Dr.
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Grant > 17615 W. Moore
Lowell > 2050 W. Main
Norton Shores > 6022 Harvey
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Wayland > 709 West Superior

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