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Achieving direct access has been a major initiative for APTA and its chapters. While it has been achieved in some form across the country, APTA continues to advocate for unrestricted direct access everywhere.

Physical therapists should take advantage of the opportunities provided by direct access.

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Direct Access and Medicare

May 4, 2020

Medicare beneficiaries can go directly to physical therapists without a referral or visit to a physician.


Direct Access and Medicare in Hospital-Based Outpatient Settings

May 3, 2020

CMS has specific regulations that impact direct access services in hospital-based outpatient settings.


Improving Direct Access at the State Level

Feb 12, 2020

PTs have all the training and skills necessary to provide diagnosis and treatment without a physician’s referral and without arbitrary restrictions.