Direct Access: Evaluation and Treatment Without Referral

Direct access is the ability of a physical therapist to provide evaluation and treatment to patients without the need for a physician referral. At this time, 45 states plus the District of Columbia have some form of direct access as part of their state practice act. Physical therapists in states that currently have restrictions to direct access are actively working with those state legislatures to make the changes needed to permit patients/clients to having access to care.

Access APTA's Medicare Direct Access Resource Center.

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