May 2023

President Message

Dear Members,

I hope you have an amazing spring so far and are actively planning some vacations and time off to recharge. We are currently turning most of our attention to the upcoming golf tournament, our biggest non-dues fundraiser for our association. We have various ways that you can participate! Whether it’s bringing together a foursome to play, buying a tee sign, recruiting a vendor/sponsor, or joining us after the tournament play for some food and beverages, we would love to see you! The event is June 27th at Keney Park, a beautiful park is near by and it’s a great golf course. 

We are also keeping our eye on the legislation. Our Public Policy Committee is actively drafting some memos for membership including an update on PT Compact, and CONNIE. We are also continuously working with the company of QPR to assist with a Physical Therapist/Assistant geared educational module on mental health and suicide prevention. I know that there are many schools and institutions that are already offering some training! 

Leadership Congress is rapidly approaching, where we will have the House of Delegates. Voting for new Leadership for APTA will occur in early July. Please take a look at the candidates and let us know if there are any particular ones that you feel would best represent and grow the profession. All interviews have already occurred, but you can connect with any of your delegates to get more specifics and make recommendations!  

Our next Board of Directors meeting in June will be in person at Quinnipiac. If you’re available, please attend. We would love to meet people in person and hear your voices for what you feel the board should be addressing. 

Our Practice Committee has been working on updating some information about the new Guide for Physical therapy. Please be on the look out for that!

We also welcome Dr. Rachel Pata, our newest board of director who was appointed to the vacancy. More information on Dr. Pata and her involvement can be found on our website. We also will recognize Stephanie Weyrauch, our current Vice President, prior to her moving to Montana in August. If you have any stories or recognition that you would like to share regarding Dr. Weyrauch’s impact on our profession and our state please send them to me by the middle of June. We will recognize her at our June BOD meeting. 

As always, thank you for your attention and your membership! 


Stefanie Bourassa President, APTA CT


APTA CT Golf Tournament

June 27

Mock House of Delegates

June 21

DEIB Book Club

June 27

Skilled Maintenance Physical Therapy

July 5


Technological Advances to Promote Motor Recovery

June 1

Management of Patients following a Hip Fracture. Principles of Interventions and a Review of Outcomes

June 13

Resident and Fellowship Orthopedic Case Presentations

June 21

Role of Physical Therapists in Palliative Care

August 8


Blood Flow Restriction

Sept 9

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Payment and Legislative Updates

Our profession is constantly evolving. Keep up with the latest changes with the newly revised "APTA Guide to Physical Therapist Practice."

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Plan to attend or sponsor the APTA CT Golf Tournament to support future legislative actions.

If you have any questions, reach out to Tom Kassan.

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APTA Capitol Hill Day

Mark your calendars for July 24-25, 2023. The event will take place at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC. All APTA members are invited to attend.

Regulatory Update

FY 2024 IRF Proposed Rule: The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) proposed rule has only major payment updates; 3.7%payment increase. There is an inflationary update using updated data.

FY 2024 SNF Proposed Rule: The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) rule also contains an inflationary update and includes a proposed estimated $1.2 billion increase in payments to SNFs. We were expecting minimum staffing requirements in the rule but they are not currently.

Telehealth Guidance Forthcoming: We’re working with CMS to gain clarity on what the upcoming end of the public health emergency means for billing telehealth under Medicare.

Congressional Update

  • Strengthening Medicare for Patients and Providers Act (H.R. 2474) introduced. 
  • Fraud Elimination Bill Introduced
  • Pelvic Health Bill

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Chapter / Member Higlights

Neurology SIG

Submitted Dhimitri Stojko, SPT

Neuro SIG Community Outreach Coordinator

The PD Optimism 2023 walk is a fun-filled fundraising event that offers a short, non-competitive walk that offers family-friendly activities, music, vendor tables, and so much more! 

The APTA CT Neuro SIG attended the event as we aimed to provide fall risk assessments, information on PD and the role of exercise for management. We provided information on local resources (PT focused) for every attendee. Also, the Neuro SIG performed a 10 minute pre-walk warm up session focused on stretching, motivating and promoting engagement in movement.