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President's Message

APTA has collaborated with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and legal counsel on a response to the National Center for Acupuncture Safety and Integrity's analysis. The NCASI had distributed a letter to state physical therapy licensure boards and regulatory agencies regarding the use of acupuncture needles by physical therapists in the performance of dry needling. The letter claims that the sale of FDA-regulated acupuncture needles to a physical therapist for use in dry needling is inconsistent with federal law. A letter has also been sent to distributors of acupuncture needles claiming that the sale of such needles to physical therapists is illegal. APTA commissioned a legal analysis to investigate whether NCASI's allegations against PTs and the physical therapy licensing boards have merit. Based on the legal analysis, APTA believes the conclusions of the NCASI letter are without merit.

If you are interested in becoming a trainer for APTA's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program, applications are available for the 2014 course, April 22-24.
APTA continuing Education events coming up:

  • March 20 Webinar "Health Care Reform Progress Report"
  • March 27 Webinar "Implementing ICD-10 Diagnostic Codes"

Forbes Magazine has posted that Physical Therapy is the fifth strongest - growth among professionals.