Dean explains state’s new physical therapy law



In an opinion column for Indiana newspapers, Dr. Stephanie Kelly, dean of UIndy’s College of Health Sciences, explains the importance of a new state law that gives patients direct access to physical therapy services without a required referral from a physician.

Until now, Indiana was the only state that did not allow direct access to evaluations by physical therapists, and one of only three states that did not allow even limited access to treatment without a referral.

“Hoosiers should applaud their elected officials and celebrate a common-sense move that promises to reduce unnecessary appointments and fees, speed patients’ recovery and give all of us a stronger voice in our health care,” she writes.

Read the column:
South Bend Tribune
Bloomington Herald-Times (subscription required)
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

The College of Health Sciences is home to the Krannert School of Physical Therapy and the School of Occupational Therapy, both of which have nationally ranked graduate programs.