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PTs Seeking Direct Access to Patients

Wednesday, March 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
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PTs Seeking Direct Access to Patients

 

Physical therapists in Illinois have introduced legislation, HB 4643 (Burke, D.), to allow physical therapists to independently treat patients (direct access) without a physician referral. This legislation would also allow physical therapists the independent authority to diagnose patients. Allowing a physical therapist to independently diagnose a patient would be unprecedented under Illinois law and would seriously compromise patient safety.

Therefore, the Illinois Chiropractic Society is calling Illinois chiropractic physicians to action!  We strongly oppose to this legislation that will allow physical therapists to independently diagnose and treat patients without a referral from a physician.

Diagnosis is a skill that is unique to physicians. The ICS opposes this legislation because physical therapists do not have the consistent technical training and experience in diagnostics that are necessary to adequately and appropriately diagnose a patient.

We are calling on you to reach out to your State Representatives to tell them to oppose HB 4643 (Burke, D.). We anticipate that when the legislature returns in April, this legislation will move through the legislative process.
 
We need you to contact your State Representative today. The American Chiropractic Association is generously allowing the ICS to utilize their action alert system to make this process easy for you. Simply choose your contact method below:

 

 

 

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