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Following the lead of emergency medical services and doctors, a group of physical therapists and state board administrators are working to develop a licensing compact that would make it easier for physical therapists to practice in multiple states. This type of agreement could significantly increase access to physical therapy services in rural and hard-to-serve areas, which in turn has the potential to reduce costs for patients, states and the federal government. The compact also could allow providers to take advantage of improving technologies and offer more telehealth services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States Sept. 30. That patient, a man who had traveled to Texas from Liberia, where he was exposed to the virus, died Oct. 8. Since then, the federal and state governments have worked to develop evidenced-based policies and procedures for the prevention, detection and treatment of the disease. CSG will host an eCademy Tuesday, Dec. 9, featuring Christine Kosmos, director of the CDC’s Division of State and Local Readiness. She will discuss lessons learned about Ebola and states’ responses in the past 60 days.

Clean Air Act regulations continue to roll out with the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest proposed rule coming the day before Thanksgiving. The proposed rule revises the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone from 75 parts per billion, where it has been since 2008, to a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion. The proposed new standard, however, could be tough for many states to meet, said Clint Woods, executive director for the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies, a membership organization focused on assisting state and local air quality agencies with implementation and technical issues associated with the federal Clean Air Act.

Massachusetts state Sen. Thomas McGee had a cautionary note for attendees at a recent conference in Denver on state transportation funding efforts. “It’s not just about reaching the finish line,” he said at the conference hosted by Transportation for America. “It’s about where you go from there.”

U.S. veterans involved in the justice system face unique challenges. Since 2008, court officials have begun to step in to prevent jail time for veterans suffering from mental health disorders. Judge Robert Russell of Buffalo, N.Y., has offered one solution--specialized veterans treatment court.

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