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Assembly Bill Enables Doctor ‘Kickbacks’ at the Expense of Patients

Posted on 28 February 2011 by admin

Physical therapists say patients will suffer if MDs are allowed to refer patients for profit

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Hundreds of physical therapists in California vowed today to aggressively fight a bill recently introduced that allows physicians t o profit from referring patients to physical therapy services owned by the doctors.

AB 783, authored by Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward), slipped by public notice over the holiday weekend as news broke about a massive federal bust involving nine states and the arrests of more than a hundred physicians, physical therapists and other health care practitioners alleged to have engaged in the largest Medicare scam in history.

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  1. Veronica Ross Says:

    Put a stop to this bill AB 783 immediately. Not only will the physical therapist suffer the patients will as well. I am an injured worker whom is already feeling the effects of this bill. If this continues I may be faced with having to quit working and go on stated disability, due to my pain and injury. I have been a full-time injured worker since my injuries. I started back to work part time and eventually went to full time and have continued working full time, modified duties. The changes of this bill being enacted is going to prevent me from receiving the treatments and care that has been helping my my pain management and keeping me working. I am very concerned with the changes and my future as well as the business’s of these physical therapists and doctors.

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