Direct Access

An Epic Change for Physical Therapy in Illinois: Direct Access

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This year in Illinois, the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) and the professional members have fought hard to have direct access of physical therapy services. The exciting change in physical therapy will help trend health care in a positive direction and one that is focused on the consumer/patient. The Bill has passed the House and Senate in Illinois and the governor has signed it into law. It goes into effect immediately. This is a monumental victory for all patients and the profession of physical therapy in Illinois!

What does Illinois Direct Access in physical therapy mean for you?

Freedom of Choice:
You have the ability to access a physical therapist of your choice without relying and waiting on the referral from a medical provider.

Cost Savings:
Eliminating unnecessary medical visits and/or testing.

Immediate Care:
Start the road to recovery up to 1-2 months sooner by allowing physical therapist, experts in musculoskeletal diagnosis and care, to get you on the right treatment path quicker.

Proactive Approach:
See a physical therapist for preventative services and not just after you are injured.

Continuity of Care:
The dialogue between the physical therapist and medical provider will still exist and is expected for proper continuity of care.

The Bigger Picture
Direct access is the culmination of many years of efforts to allow patients the ability to access a physical therapist of their choice without having a prescription from their doctor. As a matter of fact, Illinois is one of the last of the 50 states to have a limited direct access bill requiring all patients to have a doctor’s referral to be treated by a physical therapist.

The Changeover
The transition to an open and direct access to physical therapy will take time and lots of education to patients seeking PT, to medical providers, to insurance companies and to other medical professions. As with any law, provisions will be in place to protect the consumer/patient.

At Mettler Center
Our physical therapy staff will be up-to-date and compliant with the new law and use it to help all consumers/patients maximize their health and wellness efforts.

Jeff Schroder, PT, DPT is a licensed doctor physical therapist at Mettler Center for the past 18 years. Have questions about an injury? Ask an Expert. Your injury can be evaluated by a physical therapist who can detect functional problems and make the best possible recommendation for treatment. Call 217-398-9800 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a physical therapist or request an appointment online.