Alabama PT Direct Access Bill Defeated in Committee

Members & Publications

April 22, 2019

Thanks to physician advocacy efforts, Alabama Senate Bill 25—legislation granting patients direct access to physical therapists—was defeated in committee on April 16, 2019, by a vote of 2-8. AAPM&R opposed Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 50, as they would remove the need for a medical diagnosis before PT is administered, which could be dangerous and costly to patients.

On March 8, 2019, the AAPM&R State Advocacy Subcommittee (SAS) committee sent letters to the Alabama (AL) Senate Health Committee and House Insurance Committee in opposition to SB 25 and HB 50. AAPM&R also collaborated with the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to send an advocacy alert to members in AL asking that they also send a grassroots message voicing concern for the bill.

We sincerely appreciate the efforts of those who took the time to participate in the advocacy campaign and contact their legislator.

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.