Over the past several weeks, we've seen some great coverage of the Health Services Research study supporting direct access to physical therapists. As APTA announced in a recent news release, the study found that direct access to physical therapists is associated with lower costs and fewer visits and suggests that "the role of the physician gatekeeper in regard to physical therapy may be unnecessary in many cases."
Media organizations such as UPI and the Bend Bulletin in Oregon, among others, have published stories on the study. We've also seen APTA members across the country promoting the research on their web sites, blogs and social media channels.
Word about this study is definitely spreading, and we want to continue that trend, so we've developed an online toolkit to assist you in your outreach efforts. The kit contains the resources and information you'll need to get the word out to your local media, legislators, and other important players in health care. Join us in sending a strong message to decision makers that direct access to physical therapists could go a long way toward helping to make health care more affordable and accessible for all.
We need to identify members who want to run for political office and who support vision 2020, and then we need to help get those PTs elected. We have no representation at the national level. There are 16 allopaths (MDs) in the US senate and house. There are no physical therapists. It is no wonder that the laws don't favor us. We are also under represented at the state level. Until we find a way to play this political game both our profession and our patients will be getting the short end of the stick.
Posted by David Robertson -> ?OW[CK
on 11/28/2011 10:59 AM
I believe PT's and PTA's need to make their presence known. There seems to be only concern for PTs but a strong PTA presence will only help support the profession.
Posted by Chris Poore -> AMP]CJ
on 11/28/2011 10:32 PM