Navigation Links
Direct Access to Physical Therapy is Now the Law in Texas
Date:8/31/2019

As one of the last two states in the country to pass direct access legislation for physical therapy, Texas may be late to the game, but starting September 1, Texans can visit a physical therapist for treatment without a physician’s referral.

Texas’ new Direct Access bill, HB 29, allows patients to bypass long wait times and costly and unnecessary visits to a physician and go directly to a physical therapist (PT) to get the care they need.

Texas is the 49th state to pass direct access legislation, and Fort Worth’s leading physical therapy provider, SporTherapy, calls the new law long overdue and a welcome change for patients and providers.

“This change is a win-win for everyone, and we are more than excited to be able to impact our patients lives with fewer barriers,” said Cassie Lackey, CEO of SporTherapy, the Fort Worth area’s leading physical therapy provider. “It will benefit the patient by allowing quicker access to physical therapist services, which has been proven to substantially lower costs, lower prescription meds use, and improve the outcome and speed of the patient’s recovery, getting them back to their normal daily activities sooner and maybe better than before.”

According to a study by Health Services Research, total health care costs for patients who had early access to physical therapy were less than half the total costs paid by those who waited three months to a year to visit a PT.

Many conditions can be successfully treated through a combination of hands-on treatment and exercise a physical therapist provides. Physical therapists are also highly trained in identifying conditions that might need further evaluation or medical treatment and can include primary care physicians when needed.

The new law does have guidelines and restrictions* for direct access PT treatment which includes:

  • Treatment without a referral for up to ten (10) consecutive business days for a physical therapist with a doctoral degree in physical therapy or who has completed a minimum of thirty (30) continuing competence activities in the area of differential diagnosis.
  • A PT with a doctoral degree in physical therapy who has completed a residency or fellowship can treat for up to fifteen (15) consecutive business days without a referral.
  • To treat without a referral the PT must have been licensed to practice physical therapy for at least one (1) year and must be covered by professional liability insurance.
  • Before treatment can exceed the authorized number of days, a referral must be obtained from a qualified healthcare practitioner.

*HB 29 amends provisions of Section 453.301, Occupations Code (PT Practice Act).

SporTherapy takes pride in 100 percent of their therapists having advanced physical therapy degrees at either the Master’s or Doctorate level who can treat everything from back and spine pain to workplace injuries, headaches and balance issues.

About SporTherapy:
Founded in 1989, SporTherapy is a physical therapist owned and operated provider of rehabilitation services that emphasizes hands-on care, active exercise, outstanding communication with patients and their medical providers. SporTherapy is also passionate about supporting causes in the communities they serve, including the YMCA, Communities in Schools – Adopt A Family, and the Lackey Scholarship through Texas Tech University. Over the last 29 years, SporTherapy has made it a priority to earn the trust of many local physicians, becoming their top choice to meet their patients’ and families’ physical therapy needs. To learn more, visit SporTherapy.com.

About Confluent Health:
Confluent Health is a Louisville, Kentucky-based private equity holding company focused on creating a healthcare system that recognizes physical and occupational therapy providers as the Best First Choice for preventing and managing musculoskeletal and movement disorders. Confluent Health offers the following management services: evidence-based practice, patient loyalty, regulatory assurance, marketing and branding, clinic operations, hiring and retention, strategy, accounting and finance, and customer service to BreakThrough Physical Therapy, the Evidence In Motion family of companies, Fit For Work, Pappas Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Central, ProActive Physical Therapy Specialists, ProRehab Physical Therapy, Redbud Physical Therapy, RET Physical Therapy Group, SporTherapy, and Texas Physical Therapy Specialists. Together, these companies share a common ownership team and are committed to developing a learning, purpose, and coaching culture.

Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/direct_access_to_physical_therapy_is_now_the_law_in_texas/prweb16541048.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2019 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved


Related medicine news :

1. Leo Gerard Named to Highmark Health's Board of Directors
2. Nancy Briefs Joins Mitre Medical Corp. Board of Directors
3. Soriant, the market leader in support services consulting, announced today that its Board of Directors has added Jay Marvin as Senior Vice President, Client Solutions
4. Juvly Aesthetics Expands Leadership Team with the Appointment of a Director of Marketing and Sales
5. Kno2’s Jon Elwell Named to DirectTrust Board of Directors
6. COSMEDIX Global Director of Education to Host 20th Anniversary Celebration at International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC)
7. DynamiCare Health Launches Incentives-based Addiction Recovery Platform Directly to Families
8. Parker University Names Kendell Bachik Director of Institutional Advancement
9. National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Announces Winners of 2019 Impact Awards
10. HASA Executive Director Erin Stauder Named to Baltimore Business Journal’s Top Ten Leaders in Diversity List
11. Westchester County Elder Law Attorney Anthony J. Enea Offers Insight on Last Wills and Advance Directives
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/5/2020)... LEXINGTON, Ky. (PRWEB) , ... August 05, 2020 , ... ... App to help everyone gain access to essential COVID-19 information. Know NOW!, which ... various sources of COVID-19 updates and unify them in one easy-to-use mobile application. , ...
(Date:8/5/2020)... ... August 04, 2020 , ... MemoryCare.com , a comprehensive ... Best Memory Care Facilities in Austin, Texas. The guide identifies 14 memory care ... According to the Alzheimer’s Association , 5.6 million people aged 65 and ...
(Date:8/3/2020)... ... 03, 2020 , ... WorkBook6 – a Tempe, Arizona-based partnership ... site provides a simple and efficient way for Americans over the age of ... an important expansion for the insurance marketing ecosystem, and a critical service for ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 31, 2020 , ... Leaders ... Research’s internal medicine site in Savannah, GA. Visitors included Moncef Slaoui, chief ... May, the federal government announced the OWS program to accelerate the development, manufacturing, ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 31, 2020 , ... National Association of Chain ... today regarding the nation’s ongoing preparations for the eventual deployment of COVID-19 vaccines: ... efficient, effective and essential component of vaccine deployment. They will need to be ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/3/2020)... ... August 03, 2020 , ... Hide-a-Mask, a hat with a ... $36,000 in less than three weeks since launch. Hide-a-Mask is ideal for anyone who ... our early backers who, like us, believe having a mask at your fingertips is ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (PRWEB) , ... July 31, 2020 ... ... has received FDA clearance for reprocessing the St. Jude Medical BRK Transseptal Needle ... market-leading transseptal needles is a milestone in single-use device reprocessing, as no other ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 31, 2020 , ... ... Netquest, a global panel and data collection provider, recently released the results of ... the United Kingdom, Germany and France. , “COVID-19 continues to have a major ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: