APTA has voiced its support for the Medicare Oral Health Rehabilitative Enhancement Act of 2011 (HR 2863), legislation that would add dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons to the list of physicians who can certify the plan of care needed for Medicare beneficiaries to access physical therapists. "Currently, Medicare restricts dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons from referring to physical therapists even though 25 states explicitly authorize dentists to make these referrals," said APTA in a September 12 letter to Reps Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ). "In fact, no state physical therapy practice act prohibits dentists from referring patients to physical therapists for treatment."
Reichert and Pascrell introduced HR 2863 on September 7 with support from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
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