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Federal Affairs Update


Hello fellow NPTA members,

A few weeks ago the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act was signed into law by the President. This allows Physical Therapists (and others) to travel with their professional or collegiate teams (or other athletes and teams that are governed by a national governing body) and carry their liability insurance with them as well. They can practice within the scope allowed in the state they are licensed in.  

Second, in September Congress passed a comprehensive opioids package that included many policies advocated on by the APTA. For more information visit the link below:


Lastly, I wanted to clear up the issue with regards to PTA's and TRICARE as I have received a few questions regarding this issue. Last December the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law, this included a provision that added PTA's as providers under TRICARE. HOWEVER, this change is not yet effective! ? This is a multiple step process that the Department of Defense and Office of Management and Budget must administrate before the policy actually takes place. Below is an outline of the steps that need to take place before the policy is in effect:

  • Present (as of Summer 2018): Proposed rule to implement the law is under coordination by Department of Defense (DoD)

  • Fall 2018 or Spring 2019: Proposed rule is released to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review

  • +90 days: Proposed rule is published in Federal Registrar for public comment

  • +60 days: Public comment period ends

  • +30 to 90 days: Draft of final rule is sent to DoD after Defense Health Agency addresses comments for potential revisions

  • +45 to 60 days: Final rule is cleared by DoD and White House staff and released to CMB for review

  • +90 days: Final rule is published in Federal Register

  • +30 to 90 days (by 2021 per rulemaking requirements): Implementation begins

As you can see, it will be sometime before this takes effect, unfortunately. 

Happy Holidays!


Federal Affairs Liaison