State Legislation Update: Scope of Practice for Physical Therapists

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February 12, 2018

Bill: Missouri HB 2090

Title: Changes Provisions Relating to the Scope of Practice for Physical Therapists

Summary: This bill would change the scope of practice for physical therapists. It would allow physical therapists to evaluate and initiate treatment on a patient without a prescription or referral from an approved health care provider. It would also allow a physical therapist to provide educational resources and training, develop fitness or wellness programs, or provide screening or consultative services within the scope of physical therapy practice without a prescription referral from an approved health care provider. The bill does require that a physical therapist shall refer to an approved health care provider any patient whose medical condition at the time of evaluation or treatment is determined to be beyond the scope of practice of physical therapy. Proposed Effective Date: August 28, 2018.

Status: Read Second Time (H) - 01/11/2018

Hearing: Bill currently not on a House calendar; No Hearing currently scheduled

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Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.