The therapy has helped me a great deal. In reality, age and arthritis are two factors I have to consider and may always have to deal with. However, I can now sit comfortably, bend down and pick up things more easily. I no longer have to depend on family to take care of my regular duties. Thank you.

Mary A. Funk

Landmark Study: Direct Access to PTs Associated With Lower Costs, Fewer Visits

On behalf of APTA and its sections on Health Policy and Administration (HPA) and Private Practice (PPS), we're pleased to announce the release of a new study that we expect will have positive implications for our profession and the association's efforts to achieve direct access to physical therapists. Funded by a grant from APTA, PPS, and HPA, this study examined non-Medicare claims data and compared self-referred episodes of physical therapy to physician-referred episodes of physical therapy.

Published ahead of print September 23 in the journal Health Services Research (HSR), the study suggests that "the role of the physician gatekeeper in regard to physical therapy may be unnecessary in many cases." Patients who visited physical therapists directly for outpatient care had fewer visits and lower overall costs on average than those who were referred by a physician, after adjusting for age, gender, diagnosis, illness severity, and calendar year. In addition, overall related health care use — or care related to the problem for which physical therapy was received, but not physical therapy treatment — was lower in the self-referred group after adjustment. Examples of this type of care might include physician services and diagnostic testing. The study also found that individuals were similarly engaged with the medical care system during and after their course of physical therapy care, suggesting that continuity of care did not differ between the 2 groups. A news release on this study was distributed to the national media earlier today and provides more detailed information.

Read the full article from APTA here.

Dynamic is the smartest choice for your physical therapy care.

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