The California Assembly bill 1000 was signed into Law and is now in effect! But what does this mean to you?
This bill is pretty big news for our patients and Physical Therapy here in the state of California. Assembly bill 1000 was signed into Law by Governor Brown on October 7, 2013 and will be effective January 1, 2014. What does this mean for MVP patients? No longer will Californians need a physician diagnosis before seeking treatment from a physical therapist… in short, you will not be required to go to your doctor first to get a prescription for physical therapy.
Dr. James Syms, PT, DSc, ATC, SCS and President of CPTA states: This bill will “give individuals the right to seek immediate relief from pain, injuries and impairments, while saving time and money by eliminating unnecessary physician-office visits and co-payments.”
So, if uncle Berny falls off the ladder while taking down holiday decorations and sprains his ankle he can come directly to MVP! If you tweak your back cleaning up around the house, you can come directly to MVP! If little Jonny takes a spill on his mountain bike and hurt your shoulder, you guess it… he can come direct to MVP Physical therapy!
As a side note, you will have 45 calendar days or 12 visits to seek relief/full recovery from our Physical Therapists before having to be seen by your physician. This is just to ensure that the system is not abused and to confirm progress is being made. We are beyond excited to offer this options of January 1, 2014! In the mean time, MVP Physical Therapy is still happy to provide you with free consultations and to work side by side with your physician. Physicians will still play a major role in the treatment process, especially when it comes to pre and post surgical patients.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting MVP, we are always happy to help!