APTA CT Newsletter

November 2022

APTA CT President Message

Dear Members,

Thank you to all that attended a very successful Annual Meeting and Fall Conference at

the University of Hartford. It was great to see many of you in person and to address the

membership with some face to face interactions instead of over zoom. We had a fantastic day which included an amazing Kathy Harris Keynote Address by Kyle Covington. The topic surrounding moving forward with baby steps was incredibly fitting. As we know, baby steps are anything but small or insurmountable. They are big, brave, celebratory, scary and often times mixed with failures and small bumps and bruises; but like babies, we get ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and try again. We are surrounded by a support system and encouraged with the journey and milestones. The presentations by our colleagues were amazing and truly monumental in the advancement of our profession and our careers. I look forward to next year’s already!

It’s November! Which means the holidays are coming upon us, and so are elections!

The ballot is now solidified and our elections are open. Please go to our website and cast your vote for the next leaders of your association. We look forward to another year of growth. If you know of anyone who may be interested in the call to serve, please feel free to write them in as well.

The year is coming to a close but our work will continue. We will look to host our next

leadership engagement retreat in late January, early February before Combined Sections

meeting. We will have some new leadership to complete our orientation and hopefully some great processes in place to continue our successes. I wish you all a fantastic Holiday season no matter what you celebrate. I’m also looking forward to seeing pictures and hearing stories surrounding our giving back to our communities. My clinic is doing a winter clothing drive!

As always, please let me know if there’s anything we can do to support you. Thank you!


Stefanie Bourassa President, APTA CT

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SIG and Committee Updates

Neuro SIG

The Neuro SIG will be holding elections for its leadership positions in November. Please contact us at CTNeuroSIG@gmail.com to learn more about the positions and to nominate yourself or one of your colleagues.


The Student SIG has been very busy meeting socially and participating in Jaime's Run on Sunday.

Are you interested in participating in the Student SIG in APTA CT?

Applications are open for you to be considered as a leader in this SIG. Complete this and get involved.

Voting is open for the APTA Student Board of Directors. Vote and be entered into a prize drawing to win one of multiple prizes throughout the month. We are so proud that we have 1 UHART and 2 SHU students in this election.



Student Scholarships


Chapter Awards


APTA CT Elections

Voting is open

Please have your APTA number available and click all the way through to make your vote count.

Students and corresponding members are not eligible.

Voting is open Nov. 1 - Nov. 15


Detailed updates are linked here.

Summary of this report:

  • Dry Needling CPT have been added to the fee schedule for Husky A, B, C and D
  • PHE (Public Health Emergency) Update
  • 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
  • Cigna Policies Effective 10/15/22

We have a comprehensive report on the status of several federal legislation of interest to PT.

Below is a list of the bills. Click to read the entire report and update. Provided by Federal Advocacy Liaison Maryclaire Capetta

APTA-Supported Legislation Signed Into Law 

  • Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Providers Protection Act 
  • Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 

APTA-Supported Legislation in Process 

  • Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2022 (H.R. 8800) 
  • Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act (H.R. 4040) 
  • Lymphedema Treatment Act (H.R. 3630/S. 1315) 
  • PREVENT Pandemics Act (S. 3799) 
  • Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173/S. 3018)
  • 2023 Appropriations for Veterans Administration
  • The Medicare Patient Empowerment Act (H.R. 3322/S.826)
  • Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act(H.R. 3759/S. 2676)
  • Expanded Telehealth Access Act (H.R. 2168/S. 3193) 
  • Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act (H.R. 1611/S. 2612) 
  • Stabilizing Medicare Access to Rehabilitation and Therapy Act (H.R. 5536) 
  • Primary Health Service Enhancement Act (H.R. 5365) 
  • Optimizing Postpartum Outcomes Act (H.R. 8181) 
  • Preserving Access to Home Health Act (H.R. 8581/S.4605)

AND CMS Update

Click here for full report

Upcoming Events

PT Service: Trail Days

Hoping to get involved in a meaningful community event with fellow APTA members?

The Tolland Conservation Corps has recently begun a town project at the Wanat Senior Conservation Park that will work to improve access to the trails and gathering area to make this an ADA compliant location to enjoy nature. They are looking for volunteers on November 19th at 117 Sugar Hill Road in Tolland, CT to assist with marking and widening the Silo Trail. Much work has already been done to create a star gazing patio that is now accessible, with Star Parties scheduled throughout the fall. There is no registration required, volunteers are asked to simply arrive to be part of the project, the anticipated working time will be from 9AM to 1PM.

Contact Dayle Stark for more information

The Future of Home Health and Skilled Nursing Facilities: Medicare/Medicaid Updates.

This virtual Town Hall meeting will be led by a panel of APTA staff experts and APTA CT leaders.

FREE for members: RSVP to receive link

Save the Date

Blood Flow Restriction by Owen's Recovery Science

April 22, 2023

Click on this graphic to be directed to a collaborative continuing education and SIG calendar with our surrounding states. Everyone invited.
Choose groups and topics to follow.