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Texas bills target physical therapists, PTSD eligibility


A bill that would permit a licensed physical therapist to act as a “treating doctor” in the workers compensation system was introduced to the Texas legislature on Friday.

H.B. 3370 states that a physical therapist would not be required to obtain a referral from a treating doctor to provide care.

Also filed Friday, H.B. 3416 would open eligibility for post-traumatic stress disorder claims for first responders to those employed by institutes of higher education.

If passed, both changes would go into effect Sept. 1.