July 2014

Michigan passes direct PT access law

Michigan Gov Rick Snyder signed legislation on July 1 that will allow state residents to go directly to a physical therapist (PT) for evaluation and treatment without physician referral. With the enactment of SB 690, Michigan joins 49 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting some level of direct access to physical therapy.

SB 690, which was promoted by the Michigan Chapter of APTA (MPTA) as well as through a direct access grant from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), allows PT visits without physician referral or prescription for up to 21 days or 10 treatment sessions.

The new law, which goes into effect January 1, 2015, will also give patients direct access to PTs for injury prevention and fitness promotion services.

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