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Direct Access Restored for Physical Therapist Services

Friday, June 12, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Garceau
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DIRECT ACCESS RESTORED FOR PHYSICAL THERAPIST SERVICES

 

Last night, Empire State Development revised its Essential Business Guidance to remove the language that had required physical therapy patients to have a referral from a medical professional.  Physical therapists are now able to practice to the full extent of their scope in all regions in the State.  As a reminder, physical therapy offices are required to complete a written safety plan (NY Forward Safety Plan available here), and adhere to the Department of Health cleaning protocols.   NYPTA worked with the Governor’s Office over the past few weeks to remove the restriction on direct access that had previously been included in the Essential Business Guidance, and is pleased that physical therapists are now able to treat all patients seeking care in New York.  


 
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