New Website Launch!
NCPTA is excited to announce the launch of our redesigned website, www.ncpt.org. Because of issues with our previous website provider, it was necessary to find a company that could better meet our needs – we believe that YourMembership is that company.
The new site that we are launching today is a skeleton of what the site will ultimately be as we plan to update all aspects of the site to provide current and useful information. The new site will allow us to do things that we have not been able to do in the past and to handle registration for events more easily. You will be able to maintain your profile on the site and ultimately track your CEUs through the site, if you choose to do so.
The first phase of the redesign was to get all items that represent incoming revenue up and running so there would not be any lapse in meeting the needs of our customers. These items include requests for Continued Competence Application review, blast e-mails for advertising purposes, the Career Center for posting and finding jobs, and posting courses on the calendar. For non-paying eblasts, such as district emails, please continue to send them to Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org. These items are the most used items on the website, but we hope that the redesigned site will become a source of information on all things PT in North Carolina.
During this phase of the website implementation, the login requirement is disabled so you are not required, or able, to log in. Once we have uploaded the most current membership information from the APTA website, we will enable the login requirement. You will be using your APTA user name and login, so we are asking that you visit the APTA website by May 1, to ensure that APTA has the correct information in their data base. Once the login requirement is enabled we will send an e-mail providing specific information on how to access the re-designed website. We would like you to become familiar with the new website before we institute the login requirement.
You will notice that the menu items have changed somewhat – some items have been moved, some eliminated and some added. We only have 8 menu bar items, but we can add another one if needed.
- We have eliminated Home and About Us, but many of those items will be found under Governance. The Governance tab will be updated to include the new organizational chart that the Board adopted at its April 1 meeting, as well as many other items.
- Services has been eliminated and changed to CE/Ads. In the past, purchasing e-mail blasts, applying for CE approval, advertising on our calendar, and the Career Center were located under Services, but many people could not locate these items and called or e-mailed the office to find where these items could be found. We have tried to make this tab more intuitive by naming it CE/ Ads.
- Membership is where you can update your profile, find career opportunities, and North Carolina approved CE courses.
- Legislation has been renamed Advocacy though it contains the same items.
- Reimbursement is an important topic and we plan to enhance the information contained there.
- Conference is a new addition to make it easy for registrants, exhibitors, speakers, etc. to locate information on the Fall Conference.
- You will be able to find current news items under News.
- Events, Resources and Education have been eliminated.
- A Public section has added where you can find many of the items previously under Education and Resources, such as, the PT and PTA schools in the state.
The content for most of the areas on the website will be added over the next month. Rather than just copy information from the previous website that maybe outdated, or needs to be re-organized, we will be going through each item individually to assure that information is correct and up-to-date. We will need your help to do this. We are already in contact with several SIGs and Committees to help us provide and organize information in the most efficient way. Please free to contact us at email@example.com if you have suggestions.
Again, we are very excited about our redesigned website and feel that it will enhance your member benefits so we can provide the services and information that members deserve.
We would also like thank NCPTA Secretary Tania Tablinsky and the district secretaries who provided input on the organization of the new website.
Nancy Garland, JD, CAE
Executive Director, NCPTA
Another Victory for Physical Therapists and Patients
Court Rejects Acupuncture Board's Arguments (Again) in NCPTA's Antitrust Lawsuit
As you know, the NCPTA has sued the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board in federal court. The NCPTA filed the lawsuit to protect patients' access to dry needling, and to ensure that our members can deliver this safe and effective treatment. The lawsuit, which is available at this link, seeks to hold the Acupuncture Board and its members accountable under the federal antitrust laws.
In a major development in the case, the Court ruled in January that we sufficiently alleged the Acupuncture Board and its members violated--and continue to violate--the federal antitrust laws by seeking to make dry needling unavailable to patients who benefit from it. Weeks later, however, the Acupuncture Board filed a motion asking the Court to reconsider--and undo--our January victory.
Today, I am pleased to report that the Court has rejected the Acupuncture Board's arguments once again. The Court denied the Acupuncture Board's motion for reconsideration, noting that the Acupuncture Board's "one-paragraph 'explanation' of why dry needling is not authorized by law in North Carolina is devoid of citation to any statute or case. "In other words, the Acupuncture Board's arguments lacked support.
This latest decision reaffirms January's court victory for dry needling patients and for the physical therapists who provide dry needling to those patients.
The NCTPA remains committed to protecting the rights of our members and their patients. If you would like to support these efforts as the lawsuit proceeds, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyle Covington, PT, DPT, PhD
Advocacy Day Recap
Thanks to everyone who attended the NCPTA Advocacy Day at the legislature on April 11. We had around 200 PTs, PTAs, PT students, and PTA students in attendance – a record in recent history. Many schools were represented by both students and faculty including Duke, UNC, ECU, Methodist, Wingate, Winston- Salem State, High Point, Elon, Campbell, and Martin Community College. If we missed your school and you were in attendance, please let us know.
Please send pictures from the event to email@example.com so we can post. Please provide a descriptor of the group and legislator(s) in the picture i.e. Rep. Meyer with UNC students.
Almost every office was visited. It is events like these that send a message to the legislature that therapists around the state are involved in the legislative process and these are the issues that are important to therapists and therapy students.
But this is just the beginning of the process. Remember to write your legislator and/or their staff thanking them for taking the time to visit with you. Don’t let this be the last contact you have with you legislator. Continue to stay in touch as PT legislation moves through the legislature. NCPTA will be sending blast e-mails when action is needed. Politics is about--RELATIONSHIP, RELATIONSHIP, RELATIONSHIP--so please maintain that relationship with your legislators.
Again, thank you for taking time to participate in the NCPTA Advocacy Day and we look forward to seeing you next year.