Zorn introduces Physical Therapy Licensure Compact bill

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has introduced legislation to have Michigan join the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact.

“The goals of this initiative are to help better meet the needs of Michigan residents and increase access to physical therapy care — while still protecting patients,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “If Michigan joins the compact, licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in good standing would be able to help patients in other member states without having to go through a lengthy licensure process.”

Senate Bill 22 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.

To be eligible for the “compact privilege,” the PTs and PTAs must hold a valid, current, and unrestricted license in their home state; have no disciplinary action during the previous two years; and meet any jurisprudence requirements of the other participating states.

“Although 21 states have joined the compact, Michigan would be the first Great Lakes state,” Zorn said. “Ideally, Ohio would need to follow our lead if we join the compact. That would enable Michigan physical therapists to help patients across the border in Ohio and allow physical therapists in Ohio to help patients in Monroe and Lenawee counties.”

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 a compact privilege would be required to follow the practice law of that state.

SB 22 has been referred to the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee for consideration.