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2018 physical therapy compact privilege updates

Let’s refresh on what a compact privilege is, get an update on participating states and  benefits of having compact privilege:

What is a compact privilege?

According to the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy, compact privilege is the ability to work in compact member state other than the one you reside in. To have compact privilege, a physical therapist must have a license in his or her home state and have no disciplinary action against the license for at least two years, among other criteria. Once the licensed physical therapist receives compact privilege, he or she is eligible to begin practicing in the other compact states.

What are the participating states?

According to PT Compact (at the time of this article),  Oregon, North Dakota, Missouri, Mississippi, Utah and Tennessee are currently issuing compact privileges and are considered PT Compact Member States. In Pennsylvania, PT Compact legislation has been introduced. The following states have enacted PT Compact legislation, but are not yet issuing compact privileges (at the time of this article):

  • Washington
  • Montana
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • West Virginia
  • New Jersey
  • New Hampshire

All others states are considered non-member states without compact privilege legislation.

Who’s eligible?

To purchase and maintain a compact privilege and start traveling as a physical therapist, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a PT or PTA license in your current state of residency. This state must be actively issuing compact privileges.
  • Your home state must also be a compact privilege state.
  • You must not have any active encumbrances or disciplinary actions against your license for a two-year period.
  • The state in which you are seeking compact privilege must be a PT Compact member state and must be actively issuing compact privilege

Why purchase a compact privilege?

Investing in compact privilege offers various opportunities for practicing physical therapists. Not only does it reduce paperwork and costs towards becoming a traveling PT, it also streamlines the requirements process. Most of all, purchasing a compact privilege allows you to move forward in your dreams of practicing all over the U.S. Not only will you provide care to a diverse group of people, but you’ll be able to visit different parts of the country you’ve always dreamed of. You may spend one season practicing near the ocean in New Hampshire, and another on the opposite side the country along the coast of Washington state. The flexibility that comes with obtaining a career as a traveling physical therapist gives those who want to pursue their passion and maintain steady income the opportunity to explore and venture outside of their comfort zones.

The fight to save rural hospitals

Rural hospitals play a critical role in the health care landscape, providing accessible coverage for residents of hard to reach, isolated communities. Mounting data is showing that these essential organizations, however, are at risk of becoming extinct.

The facts 

The data about the closure of rural hospitals is sobering. Recent research has found that:

  • 673 rural hospitals across 42 states are at risk of closing in the U.S., according to a report from iVantage Health Analytics.
  • 355 of these hospitals are in communities with “great health disparities,” or areas with high risk of medical conditions.
  • These closures would result in 99,000 health care jobs lost.  Read More

The top 5 traveling physical therapist blogs you should be reading

All five of these blogs can help inspire you and guide you in your career.

Whether you currently work as a travel physical therapist or are considering travel PT as a possible career path, reading blogs written by others in the field can be incredibly useful. You can learn important tips and tricks for working as a travel PT, gain inspiration for your next move or access resources that can help expand your job opportunities. 

The life of a travel PT can be incredibly fulfilling, and the best websites and online journals reflect that. Here are the top five travel physical therapy blogs you should be reading:

1. HoboHealth

The scoop: HoboHealth is a trusted source of travel therapy news, insights and advice. Collected on the site is a useful mix of travel writing, tales from the road and tips for working as a travel therapist. There are also discussion boards where travel PT can swap stories and wisdom. 

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Making a Splash at FOTA’s Annual Conference at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®

flota.jpgWe’re looking forward to meeting many of our Florida Occupational Therapists fact-to-face next weekend at the Florida Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando. Celebrating 100 years of Occupational Therapy, FOTA17’s schedule is jam packed with Education Sessions, dynamic speakers, a yoga sessions, and an awards ceremony on November 3rd and 4th.

As the “respected authority on occupational therapy’s contribution to health and well-being in Florida,” FOTA continually works to support and advance the profession while making strides to better serve consumers. Read More

October Employee Spotlight: Sarah Williams

sarah2.jpgThis month we’re thrilled to introduce you to another outstanding team member in the third installment of our Employee Spotlight series. Sarah Williams started at Jackson over six years ago as a Credentialing Coordinator where she completed background checks and licensure verification on new therapists, eventually transitioning into her current role as one of our National Recruiters. Sarah’s positive, go get ’em attitude permeates everything she does, whether she’s boxing alongside her peers at UFC Gym or running alongside her co-workers in our annual 5k. So, grab your energy bar (if you hope to stay-up with Sarah) and read on to learn more about our dynamic team member and her Zombie fighting skills.

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