On September 13th and 14th , I was fortunate enough to be a part of the APTA 100 year centennial celebration in Washington DC. During my time in Washington DC I met leaders within the APTA and gained a greater insight on how to advocate for physical therapists in MN and all over the country.
On September 13th, I arrived at the advocacy day debriefing which contained ~ 500 physical therapists around the country excited to hear strategies on how to improve their communication skills to educate congress how important the 3.3% Medicare cut last year with a proposed 3.5% cut this year will impact patients across the nation especially in rural communities. For example, an elderly women on Medicare who lives in rural MN getting treated for spinal stenosis may not be able to get further treatment if the cut goes through because her PT may get let go as the company cannot afford the current amount of staff on payroll and the patient ultimately suffers from pain and no one to provide treatment to reduce her pain.
The next day was the day everyone was waiting for, getting to meet congress. The energy maintained getting on the bus and stepping onto capital grounds. Unfortunately, I was unable to meet Congressman Stauber, but able to meet his staff in person was incredible. Being inside the office of a congressman and the staff having similar goals to help rural MN get the physical therapy they need was reassuring they are on mission as well. After the meeting why not jump to go see more of the capital, supreme court, and Washington monument.
I hope this brings greater attention to advocating for Physical Therapists and patients across the nation.
Until next time,
Justin Keller, SPT