Recognizing physical therapists (PTs) for their expertise in evaluating for, training in, and prescribing durable medical equipment (DME) will lead to more timely access to appropriate and necessary equipment and services, APTA said in adopting a resolution that supports PTs as authorized prescribers of DME, which is integral to PT patient/client management.
Even after a PT evaluation has determined that DME is needed, patients often experience delays in getting a prescription by those now authorized to prescribe, the resolution argues. The delays force those individuals to remain immobile or at reduced function and safety while waiting on their DME.
Our profession would demonstrate its commitment to patient- and client-centered care by advocating for the support of choice, access, quality, and adequate funding for DME and related services, which would include authorizing PTs as prescribers. [RC-27-13]
Draft language adopted by the 2013 House of Delegates will be available on the House Community no later than July 12. Final language for all actions taken by the June 2013 House will be available by September after the minutes have been approved.
See more results of the 2013 House of Delegates by following this link, or click on July 9 from the News Now calendar.
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