From the states: 2007 legislative wrap-up

By Charlene K. MacDonald, MPP

Legislatures address scope of practice, quality of care, reform issues

Scope of practice
Physical therapists, podiatrists, and chiropractors all sought to expand their scopes of practice through state legislation. The American Physical Therapy Association continues to push for state laws permitting direct access to physical therapy services without physician evaluation or oversight. Although most managed care plans continue to require a doctor’s referral, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and state orthopaedic societies remain concerned about the potential for misdiagnoses, delayed treatment, and complications resulting from this practice.

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