Direct Physical Therapy Treatment Services Disclosure
You (the patient) are receiving direct physical therapy treatment services from
an individual who is a physical therapist (PT) licensed by the Physical Therapy
Board of California. (Optional: Your physical therapist is a professional
employee, partner, or owner in this physical therapy practice, which will
bill your insurance company and/or the patient for professional physical therapy
services recommended and administered by the PT only in the best interests of
your personal health).
Under California law, you may continue to receive direct physical therapy
treatment services for a period of up to 45 calendar days or 12 visits,
whichever occurs first, after which time a physical therapist may continue
providing you with physical therapy treatment services only after receiving,
from a person holding a physician and surgeon’s certificate issued by the
Medical Board of California or by the Osteopathic Medical Board of
California, or from a person holding a certificate to practice podiatric
medicine from the California Board of Podiatric Medicine and acting within
his or her scope of practice, a dated signature on the physical therapist’s
plan of care indicating approval of the physical therapist’s plan of care and
that an in-person patient examination and evaluation was conducted by the
physician and surgeon or podiatrist.
With your written authorization, your physical therapist shall
notify your physician and surgeon, if any, that he/she is treating you.
Today the APTA Private Practice Section (PPS) delivered a very strong message to its CA members opposing AB 1000. A letter signed by President Tom DiAngelis stated,
“Please know that PPS strongly supports our members who oppose this legislation. We urge all physical therapists in the state of California to direct your efforts to your state legislature to stop this bill from proceeding as currently written. We admire, respect and thank you for standing strong in your opposition.”