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2020 House of Delegates Update

Thursday, June 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
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2020 House of Delegates Update

From the Illinois Chief Delegate

The House of Delegates of the American Physical Therapy Association met June 1-3 in the first ever virtual House due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the many motions that came before this year’s House, several will have immediate and long-lasting impact.

  • RC-41 was passed, a charge for the APTA to develop best-practice strategies for the use of telehealth in physical therapist practice.
  • An official position statement was passed urging transparency of costs of physical therapy education programs, helping to improve the financial literacy of students.
  • A motion on workforce planning to assess ongoing supply and demand and predict the employment landscape was also passed.
  • RC-22, a position statement that is supportive of collaborative practice and business models. This adds to prior work in opposition to physician-owned PT practices, building on prioritization of arrangements that allow for best clinical practice and preserve consumer value and choice.
  • The House also voted to allow each section to have 2 votes in the House of Delegates- sections previously could speak on motions but could not vote.
  • The addition of a public member to the APTA Board of Directors was also approved
  • The House of Delegates also voted to remove the dues structure from the bylaws, which will allow the Board of Directors more flexibility in creating dues structures.
  • RC-9, a motion which sought to limit issues deemed as social issues from being heard in the House of Delegates, was defeated.

The House also passed RC-42, a resolution honoring the commitment that APTA staff, leaders of the association and members of the profession have shown, in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, offering their deepest gratitude and support as we work together to achieve our mission and vision.

Next year’s house will be held in September and will include a review of APTA bylaws and governance.

Karen Goodlow, PT, DPT, NCS
IPTA Chief Delegate
Member since 1994

Thank you to the Illinois delegation for their hard work and dedication and flexibility as we had to shift to the virtual platform. The Illinois delegation includes: IPTA President Michael Riley, Sr; PTA Director Jason Magafas; District delegates Elliot Cohee, Jeffrey Damaschke, Jaime Fortier-Jones, Bridget Fowler, Barbara Gutierrez, Vicki Lee, April Ritz, and Jane Winders; At-Large Delegates Sarah Keller, Michael Riley, Jr, Jennifer Ryan, Babette Sanders, Julie Schwertfeger, and Patrick Withrow; and alternate Delegates Brad Tracy, Sarah Haag, Sandy Levi, Christine Conroy, Michelle Kujawa, Tricia Saylor and Stephanie Dillon.

From the IPTA President

One of the motions at the House of Delegates that drew my attention was RC 2-20.  This motion would give the APTA Board of Directors the ability to control the dues for membership.  It has been extremely difficult for the Board to get creative with membership options due to the HOD needing to approve increases in dues or modifications to payment options.  It was felt that the Board needs to be able to react to meet the needs of the membership to afford some flexibility on how dues are paid.  Of course there was concern from some of the delegates that the board would be able to raise the dues without the approval of the components.  To the best of my knowledge, the last increase in the national dues was in 2013 so, personally, I felt that the ability to create flexibility in payment options was more important than fear of dues increases.  This motion passed.

Another motion of interest was RC 7-20.  This motion would have removed the House of Delegate Officers from the Board of Directors.  When I first viewed this motion, it reminded me that in Illinois we have our Speaker of the Assembly on our Board of Directors.  Many delegates felt that there is an inherent conflict of interest because of the House Officers’ responsibility to work on behalf of the House while at the same time sitting on the Board which, at times, is in disagreement with the HOD.  On the other hand, many of the delegates felt it improves the communication between the two entities by having representatives of the House on the Board.

Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2021)
Member since 1973

To my knowledge, we have not had issues in Illinois with the Speaker of the Assembly on our Board of Directors. 

Ultimately, the HOD decided to refer this motion to the Special Committee that has been reviewing all bylaws in preparation for consideration at the 2021 House of Delegates and the Illinois Chapter can follow the outcomes and determine if changes to our Board will be necessitated.

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