N.C. Law Gives Patients Choice, Coverage of Physical Therapy

At the end of June, North Carolina passed legislation that will enable patients to choose their physical therapist and ensure physical therapy services are covered under health benefits plans. N.C. Senate Bill 656, sponsored by Sen. Jim Davis, R-N.C., and signed by North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, goes into effect Oct. 1, 2012.

Being allowed to choose the provider for physical therapy services will improve access for many patients who need these services.

"We started to see a problem where some patients were unnecessarily driving more than 90 miles and having to wait 3-4 weeks before being seen by other providers, when they could have been seen in their home town by their local physical therapist," explained Dean McCall, PT, DPT, OCS, president of the North Carolina chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).