AOASM Comments

The American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, the oldest primary care based sports medicine specialty, supports the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), and the Coalition to Preserve Patient Access to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services actions to reverse the therapy-incident to rule, which was implemented in June 2005.  This rule needlessly restricts Medicare beneficiaries' access to quality therapy and the ability of physicians to deliver care to the best of their abilities.

A physician has the right to delegate the care of his or her patients to trained individuals (including certified athletic trainers) whom the physician deems knowledgeable and trained in the protocols to be administered.  The physician’s choice of qualified therapy providers is inherent in the type of practice, medical subspecialty, and individual patient.  It is imperative that physicians continue to make decisions in the best interests of the patients.”  July 2006.

 

 

© 2005 Coalition to Preserve Patient Access to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services
Contact: Cate Brennan Lisak, National Athletic Trainers’ Association
2952 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75247
phone: 214.637.6282 / fax: 214.637.2206