Senate approves Zorn’s Physical Therapy Licensure Compact bill

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to improve access to physical therapy.

“My goals with this reform are to help increase access to physical therapy and better meet the health care needs of Michigan families,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Joining the other 28 states in the compact can help us achieve these goals without requiring licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in good standing to go through a lengthy licensure process.”

Senate Bill 18 would enter Michigan into the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, which gives the option for eligible physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) to obtain a “compact privilege” in other participating states.

“If we join the compact and Ohio follows our lead, PTs in our state would be able to help patients across the border in Ohio and PTs from Ohio would be able to treat patients in Monroe and Lenawee counties,” Zorn said.

Among the eligibility requirements for PTs and PTAs are holding a valid license in their home state, having no disciplinary action during the previous two years and meeting any jurisprudence requirements of the other participating states.

Zorn said the compact does not change the scope of practice of PTs and PTAs in any state. Any PT or PTA working in a state under the compact would be required to follow the practice law of that state.

SB 18 has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.