Published on September 17, 2013 at 2:41 AM
California Healthline: Physical Therapist Bill Headed To Governor
The Senate and Assembly this week passed a bill that could change some of the rules regarding physicians, physical therapists and patients. AB 1000 by Assembly member Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), designed to increase patients' direct access to physical therapists, is headed to the governor's desk. "Patients will no longer need a diagnosis from a physician before beginning treatment from a physical therapist," Wieckowski said in a statement. "This is a great victory for health care consumers in California." The bill was co-sponsored by the California Physical Therapy Association, and yet the main opposition to the bill also came from physical therapists (Gorn, 9/13).
Healthy Cal: Bill Would Bring State Billions in Extra Federal Funds
The Legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Brown that would save hospitals from a major cut in reimbursements for treating disabled people under the Medi-Cal program. In exchange the hospitals have agreed implement a fee program that will bring the state $2.4 billion a year in federal healthcare funding. SB 239, by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-W Covina, creates a hospital quality assurance fee program imposed by hospitals upon themselves. That fee will go to the state, which will use the money to receive matching Medicaid funding from the federal government, according to Jan Emerson-Shea, Vice President of External Affairs for the California Hospital Association (Matthews, 9/15).
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