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Michigan Chapter Pushes for Direct Access

Representatives of the Michigan Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) sent a call to action to its members Dec. 3, urging their support of HB 4603 (H-2), allowing direct access to physical therapy by the state's residents.

According to a release, the chapter has been trying for over 30 years to get direct consumer access passed in Michigan. If HB 4603 (H-2) does not pass both chambers and get signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder before Dec. 31, the bill dies and efforts must start from scratch in the next legislative session, according to the MPTA.

"We anticipate a vote in the House Health Policy Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 4, with the opportunity for the entire House to vote on the bill next week as well," stated the release. The chapter is urging membership to call their Michigan state representative and urge them to vote yes on HB 4603 (H-2).

The bill contains protections regarding cost and safety by requiring notification of the primary care provider if physical therapy care is provided without a referral, specifying a time frame and number of visits in which a patient must show improvement before being referred to a physician, providing education and experience requirements for a physical therapist to provide treatment without a referral, and including tie-barred bills that allow insurance companies to continue to require a prescription if they desire.


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