Direct Access is a move in the right direction for physical therapy in Texas. Physical therapists are capable of diagnosing and treating a patient as well as knowing when a doctor is necessary.
Houston, TX (Vocus/PRWEB) March 29, 2011
Stambush Staffing, one of the leading medical staffing agencies in Houston, is urging physical therapists and concerned citizens alike to petition State Representatives to enact Direct Access for physical therapy, a bill that would enable patients to access physical therapists without the hassle and cost of obtaining a physician referral first.
“Direct Access is a move in the right direction for physical therapy in Texas,” said Scott Stambush, owner of Stambush Staffing. “Physical therapists are capable of diagnosing and treating a patient as well as knowing when a doctor is necessary, and it ultimately benefits the patients because they will be treated faster.”
The current process in Texas requires a patient to obtain a referral from a physician, which can be a tedious process. In Houston, the average patient waits roughly 20 days to see a primary care physician. Not only is this process time-consuming and costly, but it also ignores the immense competency of a qualified physical therapist.
In other states, such as Washington, Direct Access has had tremendous benefits for patients. In 2005, Virginia Mason in Seattle streamlined their process, allowing patients to visit directly with a physical therapist after initially feeling pain. Consequently, patients saved approximately $1,200 shortened treatment times.
Currently, 17 other states have enacted Direct Access for physical therapists. To date, no state has noticed a rise in liability issues. In addition, health plans that choose to reimburse for physical therapy services without referral will have potentially lower costs.
Stambush Staffing requests those concerned e-mail their state representative about a hearing regarding a patient’s right to Direct Access for physical therapy.
About Stambush Staffing
Stambush Staffing is one of the leading medical staffing agencies in Houston. Established in 1989, Stambush Staffing exclusively serves the physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy professions. Due to its more stringent hiring requirements, Stambush is known for offering the highest-quality therapists. For more information about Stambush Staffing, please visit the blog at http://blog.stambush.com.
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