Imaging Referral by PTs: Progression of PT Education, Advocacy, Practice, and Regulation
This multi-speaker session explores the issues accompanying the evolving interest in imaging referral as a component of general physical therapist practice in the US. Historical, present, and future practice perspectives are presented with attention to the challenges likely to be encountered as this is adopted state-by-state. The number of jurisdictions with imaging referral privileges is steadily increasing with many state associations having pursuit of imaging referral privileges in their strategic plans. While long incorporated into the practice models in the US military and several other countries, the addition of imaging referral and the responsibilities attending the privilege in general PT practice presents new challenges for educational institutions, established practitioners, payers, and regulatory agencies. Additionally, interactions with other health care providers may present new issues many may have not yet considered. This session seeks to increase awareness of these topic areas and stimulate discussion, including consideration of factors common and differing among jurisdictions.