Healthcare Providers Service Organization Letter stating that insurance claims are not higher in states that allows direct access to physical therapist services
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Letter stating that direct access will not jeopardize the health, safety or welfare of patients seeking physical therapist services
Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy Article stating that direct access to physical therapy in military health care facilities enables patients to be treated earlier, effectively and safely after a musculoskeletal injury or onset of pain.
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Starbucks Corporation and Aetna, Inc. Study of back pain showing baristas returned to work in two days with direct access to physical therapy versus two weeks through physican referral.
Mitchell Study showing paid claims for physician referrals to physical therapy is 2.2 times higher, episodes lasted 65% longer and 60% more medical office visits were generated than for patients with direct access to physical therapist.
Direct Access Laws by State
Legislative Action Center
Brochure, What is a Physical Therapist?
Postcard - Health Care Reform and Direct Access to Physical Therapy
Postcard - Direct Access
Postcard - Direct Access with Patient Quotes
Postcard - Physician Referral vs. Direct Access
Postcard - Physical Therapists Education