Legislation to Expand Physical Therapists’ Scope of Practice Opposed by the AMCNO

The House Commerce and Labor Committee heard opponent testimony recently on HB 169, legislation that would expand physical therapists’ scope of practice. If passed, the bill would permit a physical therapist to evaluate, diagnose and determine a plan of therapeutic treatment for a patient. The bill would also permit physical therapists to order tests, including diagnostic imaging.
The AMCNO and other physician groups submitted written testimony to oppose the bill. The letter stated: “It is our belief that the diagnosis of medical conditions should be performed by appropriately trained physicians or those mid-level providers, such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants, who are acting under the authority of a physician.” The AMCNO president, Dr. Matthew Levy, also submitted written testimony opposing the bill.    

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