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Ask YOUR Senator to Support PT Direct Access

Thursday, February 28, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Carol Kemna
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MPTA Members:

Please pass along the information below to family, friends, and patients, asking them to contact their Missouri State Senator about HCS HB 410!

Friends, Family, and Patients, 

The direct access bill passed a final vote of the House on March 14th, which means the bill now moves to the Senate. This is a milestone as we have never had a direct access bill advance this far! However, the work is far from over. Medical groups are working harder than ever to defeat this bill in the Senate and will continue their efforts to overturn the ban on referral for profit. If you want to have the option of receiving PT services without having to first get a referral, it is critical that you write or call your Senator and ask them to please support HCS HB 410.


·        Find your Missouri State Senator contact info here: Senator Lookup

·        Copy the email text below, personalize, and send to your Senator.

 Email text for Senators

Dear Sen. ____


I am writing as your constituent to ask you to support HCS HB 410.  This bill will allow patients to more easily access physical therapy (PT) services for a limited time (10 visits or 21 days) without a physician referral.   The bill will save patients time and money, and allow them to receive the care they want more efficiently.  This bill will not eliminate physician referrals, nor does it allow therapists to make medical diagnosis.  It simply allows patients initial access to physical therapy, without a referral, and actually facilitates greater physician-therapist communication than currently required. 


HCS HB 410 received overwhelming support in the House; however certain physician groups attempted to use the bill as a vehicle to overturn a Missouri law that has been in place for almost 30 years prohibiting physician kick-backs for their own referrals.  Some physicians want to own physical therapy clinics and then profit from their own referrals.  Studies have shown that referral for profit can negatively impact patient care and result in over-utilization and healthcare costs.


I believe that physical therapists and physicians should work in cooperation for the good of the patient; however, patient care should not be tied to physician profit.  I ask that you please be aware of these attempts by physician groups to use HCS HB 410 to allow them to own/profit from PT referrals, rather than allowing HCS HB 410 to simply improve patient access to PT, as it is intended.


I look forward to discussing this legislation with you and answering any questions you might have. 






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