Skip to main content

Continuity of care is important.

Federal law now ensures that PTs are able to take advantage of something APTA has been working on for several years—the ability to provide care continuity for Medicare patients in the PT's absence through a provision known as "locum tenens."

While APTA originally pressed for locum tenens to be extended to all PTs, the final version of the legislation applies only to PTs in non-metropolitan statistical areas, medically underserved areas (MUAs), and health professions shortage areas as defined by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Clearly, locum tenens allowances for PTs need to be expanded.

Why It Matters

Continuity of care is important, particularly in physical therapy. Patients shouldn't have to have their care interrupted, and PTs shouldn't be forced to suspend services during temporary absences for illness, pregnancy, vacation, or continuing medical education.

Our Position

APTA supports expansion of Medicare locum tenens policies in ways that would make these provisions available to as many PTs as possible

Recommended Content

Position Paper: The Prevent Interruptions In Physical Therapy Act

Mar 22, 2024 / Position Paper

Locum Tenens: The Basics

Mar 1, 2020 / Article

Additional Locum Tenens in Medicare Advocacy Content

APTA Advocacy: Getting Results

Jun 14, 2023 / Roundup

The year isn't even half over, and the association has already scored some major victories for the profession (and teed up a few more).

APTA-Backed Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Help PTs Avoid Interruptions in Care

Mar 20, 2023 / News

If enacted, PTs across the country would be allowed to secure substitute care for patients during an absence.

APTA Advocacy Roundup: What's Been Passed by Congress, What's Still on the Table

Sep 20, 2022 / Roundup

Here's the status of APTA-supported legislation on the fee schedule, telehealth, prior authorization, the PTA differential, and more.

7 Conversations to Have With Your Legislators While They're Back Home in August

Aug 1, 2022 / Roundup

District offices, town halls, maybe a visit to your clinic? Here are some topics worth mentioning.