Axcess PT: Direct Access

The Axcess Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body SEPTEMBER 2018

The Illinois General Assembly has reached a final ruling on Bill HB 4643, stating: ILLINOIS BECOMES 45 TH STATE TO PASS LEGISLATION ALLOWING DIRECT ACCESS TO PHYSICAL THERAPISTS “...the Illinois Physical Therapy Act. Provides that the limitation on determining a differential diagnosis shall not in any manner limit a physical therapist from establishing a relevant diagnosis. In the definition of “documented current and relevant diagnosis” and in provisions concerning disciplinary actions, removes language requiring a diagnosis to be substantiated by a physician, dentist, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, or podiatric physician. Effective immediately.”

Photo courtesy of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. Thursday, August 16th 2018

As a resident of the state of Illinois, you can now seek direct access to physical therapy without the previously required referral of a registered physician. If you or someone you know is suffering from pain, or just want to live a healthier lifestyle give us a call today! “We are grateful for the support of the Illinois legislature as well as the efforts of our past IPTA leaders who have worked towards this moment.” - Mike Riley, PT, IPTA President http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=4643&GAID=14&GA=100 &DocTypeID=HB&LegID=109632&SessionID=91 https://www.ipta.org/news/414699/Illinois-becomes-45th-state-to-pass-legisla- tion-allowing-direct-access-to-physical-therapists-.htm

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