Thursday, January 12, 2012 New Model Sets Forth Principles to Guide Development of Physical Therapy Benefits APTA recently developed the Physical Therapy Model Benefit Plan Design (MBP) to ensure access to physical therapy services by informing decisions regarding coverage of physical therapy services in insurance benefit plans. The MBP describes the role and value of physical therapists and physical therapy services and sets forth principles to guide development of physical therapy benefits. It also provides definitions and references to support the position. The MBP should be used by insurers, employers, individual insurance plan subscribers, and public policymakers when considering insurance benefit plan design. It also is a tool for physical therapists to advocate for appropriate access to and coverage of physical therapist services for their patients and clients. A new APTA podcast and transcript provide background information about development of the MBP, which was adopted last month by APTA's Board of Directors, and an overview of what is in the model benefit plan.