Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Senator Curren Price, and Senator Mimi Walters.
The California Chiropractic Association (CCA) has also formally opposed SB 924 claiming that physical therapists do not understand the body adequately to treat patients in a direct access environment. In a media statement released last month by CA PPG, Doctor Straight called the CCA position "laughable, yet sad at the same time" (9). He also reminded patients and legislators to "consider the source" as well as the self-serving nature of the opposition. Doctor Straight suggested, "The CCA opposition is more related to the fear of competition from physical therapists, who treat patients in an evidence-based, cost-effective manner."
In addition to the opposition from the MBC, CMA, and CCA, there has been a history of strong opposition to direct access by Assemblymember Mary Hayashi, the Chair of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. In 2009, Hayashi was the only 'no' vote in the committee's hearing on AB 721- Physical Therapist Direct Access, authored by Assemblymember Pedro Nava. SB 924 because it is the first attempt to balance the marketplace for physical therapists and allows patients the opportunity to make better MSK treatment choices."
CA PPG remains concerned that facts and evidence have not yet won the day when it comes to physical therapy-related legislation and that CMA and CCA have not responded with any evidence to support their positions on direct access or referral for profit. Doctor Straight ironically notes that Assemblymember Mary Hayashi was the CMA Legislator of the Year in 2010 and CCA Legislator of the Year in 2011. He strongly suggests, "It is time to focus on 21st century health care policy." He adds, "CA PPG is confident that the Assembly Business and Profession Committee and all assembly members will see past self-serving politics and unanimously pass SB 924, like the Senate did 36-0. It's time to get patients to a physical therapist fast and first."
Having passed the Senate, the next stop for SB 924 is the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, which Hayashi still chairs. Assemblymembers Michael Allen, Bill Berryhill, Betsy Butler, Mike Eng, Curt Hagman, Jerry Hill, Fiona Ma, and Cameron Smyth also serve on the committee. The bill is expected to be heard in June.
Source: California Private Practice Group
For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/3/prweb9294946.htm