HB 1263 Patient Access to PT

by Amy Goddard, April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015

Below is the latest information from the TPTA Government Affairs Committee.

More than 60 people signed up in favor of the House Bill 1263 at a hearing before the House Public Health Committee, while only one person spoke against it.

Among those speaking in support of the bill was Texas Medical Association member Dr. Mark Nordyke, MD, an Orthopedic Surgeon from Lubbock. “House Bill 1263 will help with cost, access and taking care of our patients,” Dr. Nordyke testified.

Overwhelming Support for Patient Access to Physical Therapy During HB 1263 Hearing
Overwhelming Support for Patient Access to Physical Therapy During HB 1263 Hearing

The legislation will give Texans the choice of seeing a physical therapist directly for treatment, without having to get a referral from a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, podiatrist, chiropractor or dentist.

“The rest of the country has shown that direct access to physical therapy works,” said Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, the sponsor of House Bill 1263. “If it works in 47 other states, it will work in Texas.”

There are 46 states that allow patient access to physical therapy treatment without a referral. The Georgia General Assembly recently passed a measure giving Georgians direct access to physical therapy and is awaiting the Governor’s signature, making it the 47th state.

Representatives from the disability community also attended the hearing to support HB 1263. “For the disability community, having faster, direct access to physical therapy can make a huge change for the better and will be much more cost effective,” testified Chase Bearden, Advocacy Director for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities.

“HB 1263 will give patients the ability to make choices that directly relate to their own health care,” said Allan Besselink, PT, Dip.MDT, a physical therapist in Austin. “As it stands now, they are limited in their ability to make choices.”

The next step for HB 1263 is for the Public Health Committee to vote it out favorably, hopefully next Tuesday. From there, it will go the House Calendars Committee, and then be put on the House Floor Agenda for consideration. If you are a constituent of any House Calendars Committee member, please contact them and let them know you support HB 1263, and ask them to “please put HB 1263 on the House Calendar.”

For more information visit MyChoicePT.com.

View the full House Committee on Public Health hearing on HB 1263 (scroll down and choose the video title “04/07/15 08:01 AM 01h 54m Public Health.” HB 1263 hearing begins at the 8:40 mark.)


We are here to answer your questions regarding Government Affairs. Please email or call us at the information below.
TPTA Government Affairs Committee Co-Chairs:

Brant Capps, PT, DPT, MS
(806) 584-2842

Cynthia Fisher, PT, DPT, MS, PCS
(915) 852-3009

TPTA Federal Affairs Liaison:

Linda John, PT

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