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PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

June 2012 www.dos.state.pa.us

BOARD MEETING DATES
July 26, 2012
Sept. 27, 2012
Nov. 16, 2012
Other board meetings may be scheduled as needed.
OTHER NEWS
Disciplinary Actions
A listing of disciplinary or corrective measures taken by the 29 professional licensing boards and commissions, Charitable Organizations and Notaries Public.
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Pennsylvania Health Alert Network (PA‐HAN) February 1, 2012

The Pennsylvania Health Alert Network (PA-HAN) is one of the major ways the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) rapidly distributes information on emerging public health issues (e.g. disease outbreaks) to health care providers, hospitals, emergency management officials, and other public health agencies.   In a typical year, PADOH distributes 20-25 HAN messages to providers via email, fax, or cell phone, depending on user preference.  PADOH feels it is important that all health care providers have access to HAN messages directly or through their health care facility in order to receive critical public health messages.  This assures that public health is protected and allows Pennsylvania’s health care providers to give the best care to your patients and community. 

In mid-2011, PADOH switched to a new software vendor to support and improve the PA-HAN.  The updated system was completed in July and the new version of the PA-HAN can be found at the following link https://han.pa.gov/.  During the conversion process, some users were removed from the system and cannot be reinstated to the user list without re-registering.  PADOH therefore requests that any previous user who is not currently receiving HAN messages register as a Health Alert recipient in the new system.  In addition, any provider who would like to receive HAN messages for the first time should also register in the new system. 

To access the new PA-HAN Registration Site, click on the following link:  https://han.pa.gov/. Under the second paragraph there is a gray ‘Register Now’ button.  This option will walk the user through the registration process.  If you have any questions about the HAN system or the registration requirements, please ask for Stacey Kalinoski in the PADOH at 717-265-8890 or skalinoski@pa.gov

Updates from the PA. State Board of Physical Therapy
Susan L. Whitney, Chair of the State Board of Physical Therapy

New Board Members
The State Board would like to welcome two new members and one who recently was reappointed to the Board.  John Noone, a physical therapist from eastern Pennsylvania, who works for Manor Care and Jeffrey R. Elliott, an attorney, who works at Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys in Wyomissing, Pa., are new public members.  Tim Schell, a PT of TMS Physical Therapy in Grove City, Pa., was recently reappointed to the State Board and was welcomed back at our March meeting in Harrisburg.

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Temporary Licensure for Physical Therapist Assistants
Tim Schell, Physical Therapist

Beginning this year, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy began administering the exam on fixed dates throughout the year. 
The remaining dates for 2012 are:  July 17, 2012, and Oct. 30, 2012, and four dates will be scheduled in each of the years following 2012.


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Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717.783.7134 | ST-PHYSICAL@state.pa.us
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