HARRISBURG – Legislation that will improve access to physical therapy in Pennsylvania was approved by the Senate on Wednesday and is set for enactment into law, according to Senator Mario Scavello (R-40).
House Bill 862 would allow Pennsylvania to enter a Physical Therapy Licensure Compact with other states, increasing access to physical therapy services by decreasing licensure barriers and permitting licensed physical therapists to work in multiple states or more easily relocate to Pennsylvania.
“This is an important step in easing the process of physical therapists with the training and expertise to locate and provide care here in Pennsylvania,” said Scavello. “We have areas of Pennsylvania that are underserved and residents needing physical therapy services will benefit greatly from passage of this legislation.”
The Physical Therapy Compact Commission is the national administrative body whose membership consists of all states that have enacted the compact and are responsible for its oversight. In order to practice in Pennsylvania under the compact, physical therapists must:
- Have a valid physical therapist license with no board-imposed limitations in Pennsylvania.
- Have not had any adverse licensing actions against them within the past two years.
- Notify the commission that compact privileges are being sought.
Under House Bill 862, the compact becomes operative between Pennsylvania and other states through action of the governor. Sixteen states are currently part of the Physical Therapy Compact. Several states have enacted compact legislation and will begin to issue and accept compact privileges over the course of the next year.
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