Today's post comes from WebPT Community Manager Mark Kats.

Several news outlets reported on the recent New England Journal of Medicine study that finds physical therapy to be as effective a treatment for a torn meniscus as knee surgery. This is great news for patients and physical therapists alike. It's also another in a series of great arguments for direct access. Read the full article here.

Speaking of direct access, looks like Indiana will join the now 49 states that allow patients to access physical therapy services without a referral. HB1034 passed Indiana Senate this week and is expected to be voted into law on July 1, 2013.

Meanwhile, the fight to keep SB381 from becoming law in California continues. It's been encouraging to see physical therapists present a united front on this, and we hope you'll continue to put pressure on California Senator Leland Yee (Senator.Yee@senate.ca.gov) to kill this bill. Here is WebPT Co-Founder and PT Heidi Jannenga's take on SB381.

Of course, these are just a few news stories making the rounds this week. Follow us on Twitter (@WebPT) for all things rehab therapy related.

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