Direct Access at the Federal Level

Currently, 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) allow physical therapists to evaluate patients without a prior physician's referral and 48 states and DC improve accessibility further by allowing physical therapists to evaluate and treat, under certain conditions, patients without a referral from a physician. Since 2005, important gains have been made under Medicare for patients to see their physical therapist without a referral. This page will be updated with information and resources on additional federal efforts relating to direct access in the 113th Congress. If you'd like additional updates on this and other legislative issues, join PTeam today!

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