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Press Release Date: Tuesday, 17 August 2010

AMTA Representative Re-appointed to CPT Code Advisory Committee

AMTA continues leadership role, building relationships, educating other health care professionals

Evanston, IL - The American Massage Therapy Association announces that, Susan Rosen (WA), its representative to the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC), has been reappointed for a three-year term. As AMTA's Primary Advisor to HCPAC, she continues as the massage therapy representative on the committee. In this capacity, she will attend the HCPAC annual meeting October 14-16

HCPAC serves in an advisory capacity to the AMA CPT Editorial Panel. In addition to the AMTA massage therapist representative, members of HCPAC include representatives from the professions of social work, athletic training, speech therapy, podiatry, pharmacy, optometry, occupational therapy, chiropractic, naturopathy, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, and nursing, as well as physician assistants and dieticians.

"As massage therapy is increasingly integrated into health care and more massage therapists work within health care settings, Susan's role has become vital for our profession," says AMTA President Kathleen Miller-Read.

This relationship gives AMTA and the massage therapy profession input on review of CPT codes associated with massage therapy. It also ensures AMTA is consulted when codes are edited or introduced that relate to massage therapy. And, as the AMTA representative, Rosen builds relationships and educates other health care professionals, especially those in physical and rehabilitation medicine, about the application and integration of massage therapy in the health care setting.

The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest nonprofit, professional association for massage therapists with more than 56,000 massage therapist and massage school members. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.

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