Ranzenhofer takes lead role in promoting better access to quality affordable healthcare
Legislation Changes New York State Law to Allow College and University Physical Therapy Faculty to Form Non-Profit Practices
Amherst, N.Y. - In a press conference on Monday, June 25 at Daemen College, Daemen officials, State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, and New York Assemblyman Ray Walter announced a major change in New York State law that will improve access to quality affordable healthcare. The amendment to the law was initiated by Daemen, and received bipartisan support, carrying it through the State Legislature.
The new law will allow expert, licensed physical therapy faculty to form non-profit practices to treat patients and provide new clinical settings for PT students. The changes affect three Buffalo area colleges and universities that grant Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees – and 19 additional schools statewide.
The changes in the existing New York State law were also made possible through the participation and leadership of New York Assemblyman James Brennan, with the support of the New York State and American Physical Therapy Associations.
In taking a lead role in this effort, Daemen College is looking forward to collaborating with regional hospitals, HMOs, and other healthcare providers in the region. The College vision is to develop and exercise a collaborative model leading to a standard for how chronic wound healing care can be provided in the most effective and successful manner in Western New York. It is the goal of this project to provide specialized, high-quality care at an advanced level to address the growing incidences of chronic wounds.
“This legislative action – the approval of changes by New York State lawmakers of both major parties – is an excellent example of bipartisanship coming from Albany,” said Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “This legislation is brought about through cooperation between colleges, universities, the New York Physical Therapy Association, and our elected officials—on both sides of the political aisle.
“I want to pay special tribute to our two State representatives, Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter and Republican State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, for their leadership role in sponsoring these bills. Without them it simply would not have been possible to accomplish this. I also want to acknowledge the Democratic Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, Assemblyman James Brennan, of Brooklyn, for working together with us to bring about this great result for the faculties and physical therapy students at 19 New York colleges and universities, and those members of the public who, seeking care, will benefit from these changes.”
"I also want to thank Bobby Mills, our vice president for government affairs and special projects, for his hard work and coordination with the district staffs of Senator Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Walter."
"After passing another on-time State Budget, enacting the "faculty practice legislation" caps off another productive legislative session,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. “I am proud to have championed this legislation, as its sponsor, through the State Senate because it is a win for everyone. For physical therapy faculty and students, it will provide another clinical setting to enhance the already first-rate education at Daemen College; and for the community, it will provide another opportunity for residents to receive more affordable, quality health care. I applaud Daemen President Clausen for taking the lead on this initiative, and all of our partners in the State Legislature for ensuring this bill became a reality."
“This legislation empowers New York’s world class colleges and universities to tap into the talent of their medical professionals and improve both the practice of and access to quality, affordable healthcare,” said Assemblyman Ray Walter. “The partnerships that these schools will be able to form with healthcare providers throughout the state will benefit not only medical professionals, but their patients and their students as well. Daemen College has been a leading advocate for this legislation, and I am pleased that by working in a bipartisan fashion, my legislative colleagues and I were able to help them reach their goal.”
"This is an important piece of legislation for not only physical therapy students and practicing physical therapists, but for patients as well,” said Matthew R. Hyland, PT, Ph.D., president of the NYPTA. “We applaud the Legislature for passing S. 6980/A. 10002 – the result of which will be more clinical training opportunities for PT students, enhanced recognition of the role physical therapists fulfill in the continuum of care as experts in the neuromusculoskeletal system, and more access to essential physical therapy services for patients."
The legislation will allow members of the physical therapy faculty at 19 in-state New York colleges and universities to establish a non-profit faculty practice under the Not-for-Profit Corporation law of New York. These physical therapy faculty practices may only be formed if they support the educational mission of the schools, by providing clinical instruction and supervision of students, interns, and residents to enhance their education training in physical therapy. Prior to adoption of the legislation, only faculty at medical schools, dental schools, colleges of optometry, and chiropractic colleges were permitted to form such faculty practices in New York, to practice their respective professions. The first amendment to the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law was in 1993.
“Now nearly 20 years later, licensed physical therapist faculty members at accredited New York colleges and universities will be able to provide new clinical settings for their students, and access to physical therapy services for the medically underserved areas of
our state’, said Dr. Michael S. Brogan, DPT, Ph.D., a physical therapist and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Daemen College.
“This is an historic day for the profession and for the citizens of New York who will benefit from the adoption of this legislation,” he added.
Daemen College was recently awarded a $530,000 grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation open a Physical Therapy Wound Care Center in Cheektowaga, New York. The enactment of the ‘faculty practice legislation’ approved by the State Legislature will allow a physical therapy practice to be established at the Center and in the future, the establishment of additional chronic wound care facilities in neighborhoods where physical therapy services are virtually non-existent but desperately needed.