PTs in California Continue to Push for Consumers’ Right to Direct Access to PT Services

Physical therapists in Calif. continue to fight for the right of consumers to directly access safe, quality, and cost-effective physical therapy services. Authored by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski and sponsored by the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA), Assembly Bill 1000 puts the issue of direct access to quality PT services on the radar of California legislators. Presently, consumers in 36 states have some form of direct access of PT treatment.


According to the CPTA, AB 1000 allows consumers access to physical therapy services without delay by amending the Business and Professions Code Section 2620 to “include in the definition of physical therapy the examination and evaluation of an individual to determine a physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, treatment plan, instruction or consultative services.”


The bill is consistent with the report by the Senate Office of Research and the Senate Health Committee, which recommends health care providers be allowed to practice at “the top of their license.” Dr. James Syms, PT, DSc, ATC, SCS and President of CPTA, explains that if the bill is passed consumers would be able to choose and access health care services and receive immediate PT treatment.


Syms states “We believe in the right of consumers to choose a qualified provider for timely, safe and cost-effective physical therapist services and will continue to drive toward this right.” The report indicates that the CPTA is the largest voice for the physical therapy profession in the state of California.


Source: California Physical Therapy Association