Direct Access to Physical Therapists



    Description:

    This study uses commercial health insurance claims data to identify how health care utilization (e.g., imaging and opioid use) and spending patterns vary by whether the patient sees a physical therapist first or another provider. This study also looks at how state scope of practice laws allowing or restricting direct access to physical therapy impacts these patterns. This study was conducted under the State Health Policy Grant Program at the Health Care Cost Institute and in partnership with the National Academy of State Health Policy, and with sponsorship by the Arnold Family Foundation.

    Lead Researcher: Bianca K. Frogner, PhD
    Contact Info: bfrogner@uw.edu, 206-616-9657

  • Funder:

    Health Care Cost Institute/Arnold Family Foundation

     

  • Status:

    Complete

Publications/Presentations

Authors Title Type Documents/Media
Frogner BK, Harwood K, Andrilla CHA, Schwartz M, Pines JM Physical Therapy as the First Point of Care to Treat Low Back Pain: An Instrumental Variables Approach to Estimate Impact on Opioid Prescription, Health Care Utilization, and Costs PUBLICATION Link to Document
Frogner BK, Harwood K, Pines J, Andrilla CHA, Schwartz M Does Unrestricted Direct Access to Physical Therapy Reduce Utilization and Health Spending? PUBLICATION
Frogner BK, Harwood K, Pines J, Andrilla CHA, Schwartz M Does Unrestricted Access to Physical Therapy Reduce Health Spending? PRESENTATION
Frogner BK, Harwood K, Pines J, Andrilla CHA, Schwartz M Does Unrestricted Access to Physical Therapy Reduce Health Spending? PRESENTATION PowerPoint
Frogner BK, Harwood K, Pines J, Andrilla CHA, Schwartz M Does unrestricted access to physical therapy reduce health spending? PRESENTATION PowerPoint
Frogner BK, Harwood K, Pines J, Andrilla CHA, Schwartz M Webinar: HCCI Emerging Uses of Claims Data (Part 1) PRESENTATION Link to Document