I seldom get into professional politics on this website, it would rather share ideas, educate, and grow together. But a new study was recently published showing that direct access to physical therapy, rather than seeing a physician first, was shown to be associated with lower costs and fewer visits. This is a huge step towards direct access and autonomy for the physical therapy profession.
The APTA discuss some of the study in a press release last week:
[box]The study, published ahead of print September 23 in the journal Health Services Research (HSR), reviewed 62,707 episodes of physical therapy using non-Medicare claims data from a Midwest insurer over a 5-year period. Patients who visited a physical therapist directly for outpatient care (27%) had fewer visits and lower overall costs on average than those who were referred by a physician, while maintaining continuity of care within the overall medical system and showing no difference in health care use in the 60 days after the physical therapy episode.[/box]
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