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For Immediate Release
October 7, 2013
Governor Brown Signs AB 1000 into Law Giving Californians Direct
Access to Physical Therapist Services
(Sacramento, CA) –Today, Governor Brown signed AB 1000 into law enabling Californians to access physical therapist services without a doctor referral.
Currently, individuals seeking relief from pain and injuries that affect their ability to function are required to get a physician diagnosis before a physical therapist may treat them. Effective January 1, 2014, this will no longer be the case.
Consumers will be able to directly seek safe, quality physical therapist services without any delay.
The bill, co-sponsored by the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA), had tremendous bipartisan support throughout the entire legislative process and was lauded in the Assembly as an historic compromise brought about by a collaborative agreement within the medical community on behalf of Californians.
Although individuals directly accessing a physical therapist will be limited to 45 calendar days or 12 visits before having to be seen by a physician to get a signed plan of care, approximately 90 percent of patients don’t require services beyond these limits.
"Our policymakers and Governor Brown got it right in making direct access to physical therapist services a reality for all Californians,” said Dr. James Syms, PT, DSc, ATC, SCS and President of CPTA. “Roadblocks to efficient and cost-effective care, particularly when an individual is experiencing pain, need to be torn down. The enactment of AB 1000 does exactly this by giving individuals the right to seek immediate relief from pain, injuries and impairments, while saving time and money by eliminating unnecessary physician-office visits and co-payments."
Executive Associate, Membership & Communications