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A message from CPTA President, Rick Katz

COVID-19

State of the Association by CPTA President, Rick Katz, PT, DPT updated May 18

During difficult times like these, in which we are all experiencing a disruption in our personal and business lives, I think it is reassuring to know that there is stability and support in the professional association that serves you. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CPTA staff, board, and committees have continued to operate as scheduled. Staff are accessible while working remotely and are responding to phone and email messages in the same timely manner as you have come to expect. However, there have been some major adjustments in how we conduct business. Zoom meetings have become routine with all CPTA Board, Executive Committee, HOD, and Committee meetings now being conducted in a virtual environment. CPTA has also made some changes to future engagements to conduct business in a safe and fiduciary manner.

These changes include the following:

  1. All Chapter committee, task force, board, and other previously face-to-face meetings will be conducted virtually through September 30. This date may be extended based on the State’s progression to Phase 3.
  2. Staff will continue to work remotely with some staff rotating into the office as needed on a coordinated basis. 
  3. The CPTA Board is considering options for conducting Chapter Annual Conference and Assembly. 
  4. All staff and Chapter-Related travel has been suspended through September 30. This date may be modified based on the State’s progression to Phase 3

While this situation has impacted everyone, it has not stifled our efforts to progress our agenda. Throughout this challenging period, we have been successful in working with the Governor’s Office to obtain the ability to get paid for conducting telehealth visits in parity with in-person visits. We have also obtained a waiver that allows the physician sign-off on the plan of care following the 12 Visit/45-Day Direct Access period to be conducted via telehealth. The legislature is conducting a staged return to business, and we have continued to lobby and conduct both phone and written correspondence with our legislators on such important issues as the PT Compact (interstate license recognition), independent contracting authority (AB-5) and athletic trainer title protection. In addition, CPTA has worked with the directors of the state’s PT/PTA programs and the PT Board of California to clarify the supervision and hour requirements of students participating in their clinical rotations during the quarantine period.

CPTA is in a firm financial position. We have historically taken a conservative fiscal approach in order to withstand an economic downturn through less volatile investments. However, APTA is reporting a decrease in membership renewals in the last month. This has an immediate impact on CPTA as we derive a large potion of our monthly revenues through these due payments. We depend upon you, our valued members, to continue your support of CPTA to preserve our level of service. Please reach out whenever you need us to assist you in navigating through this unprecedented period. You have proven that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are essential to the rehabilitation of those suffering from this virus and CPTA is essential in supporting your ability to provide this care.