Regulatory Affairs

Active voice for the profession

NATA continues to monitor regulatory issues and submit formal comment letters when issues impact the athletic training profession.

NATA is actively engaging legislators and other health care coalitions and organizations in an effort to raise the profile of the athletic training profession. Through our education efforts to these groups, we promote the recognition of ATs.

NATA is conducting outreach to commercial insurers that currently reimburse AT services to acquire data showing ATs reduce cost and increase quality of care. Learn more about NATA's efforts to advance reimbursement, plus find all resources available to members, in the Revenue & Reimbursement section. 


Overview of Changes to Athletic Training CPT Evaluation Codes in 2017

Since 2012, the NATA has been actively working with physicians and other health care professionals on a new structure to the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) code set. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had identified several areas of the CPT PM&R code set that needed to be reviewed to determine if a better structure could be created or if simple changes needed to occur due to high utilization of specific codes within the set.

A fact sheet on the modifications is available now.



U.S. Department of Labor Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Salary and Overtime Protections

On March 13, 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Labor (DOL) to update the regulations defining which white-collar workers are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime requirements. The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Read more about the U.S. Department of Labor final rulemaking on salary and overtime protections and the U.S. Department of Labor Overtime Exemptions Under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and new rule.



Proposed Revisions to the Standard Occupational Classification

In 2014, NATA provided comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the proposed revisions to the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC), encouraging them to reclassify athletic trainers under a category that better reflects their education, licensure and credentialing, training, and practice setting. On July 22, 2016, OMB unveiled proposed changes to the 2018 SOC and did not adopt NATA’s recommended changes. The National Office staff has provided written comments to OMB and is engaging key Members of Congress and other stakeholders, encouraging the Agency to reconsider their position on this issue. Read more about the proposed changes to the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification.


Formal Comment Letters

NATA often comments on proposed rules and regulations that may affect the athletic training profession. Read the comment letters.