Benefits of SDPTA Membership
The South Dakota Physical Therapy Association (SDPTA) is responsible for the practice of Physical Therapy as we currently know it in our state. SDPTA members wrote our state’s first practice act, promoted our services in the early years, and provided for professional development- helping to turn physical therapy into one of the most sought after and valued health services in South Dakota. The SDPTA has had to fight numerous legislative battles on behalf of PTs and patient’s over the years, and is prepared to do so in the future.
When you are an SDPTA member, you stand with your fellow PTs and PTAs across the state. The statement is made that you do not want to take from the profession- but like the early SDPTA members- you want to support, defend, and nurture the practice of PT in the state. You want the PT profession to be in a better position to help patients than when you came into the field. You are proud of what you do, and want to give something back to the profession.
The National APTA provides many benefits- such as funding PT research (we need outcomes these days in order for PT to be reimbursed), working with Medicare and other insurers to improve or maintain reimbursement, working on national legislation that supports PT, supporting state legislative efforts, and literally dozens of other activities.
Right here in SD, some of the activities of the Association include:
Employing a lobbyists and maintaining a legislative committee. Numerous bills have been defeated or amended over the years. If the SDPTA had not been there, patients in the state would have suffered, and professionals other than PTs would be doing what PTs are doing today. Is your profession worth fighting for?
Employing an executive secretary and maintaining a state office. Numerous questions and concerns about physical therapy in the state are handled through the office. An educational newsletter is produced, and a website is maintained.
Numerous committees are supported. These are committees that work with insurers to help improve payment, support research, promote and market the profession, recognize outstanding PT accomplishments, deal with ethical complaints, and much, much more.
Educational courses are put on, allowing PTs/PTAs to improve clinical skills, network with peers and vendors, and learn about practice issues.
Thank you to those PTs and PTAs that are members. If you are not a member, please consider standing with your fellow PTs and PTAs in support of the profession.