The impact of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 on the physical therapy profession

Health Care Manag (Frederick). 2001 Mar;19(3):58-69. doi: 10.1097/00126450-200119030-00009.


The Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 was one of the most significant acts of legislation ever to affect the physical therapy profession. Three months after the BBA was implemented, a survey of over 600 physical therapists in the state of Florida was conducted. This article examines the immediate impact of the BBA on physical therapists and their ability--or their perception of their ability--to maintain or successfully seek full-time employment in the profession.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Budgets / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Florida
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medicare / organization & administration
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Therapy Specialty / economics*
  • United States
  • Workforce