- Effective July 1, 2006 Physical Therapists must have a referral except in the following instances:
- A physical therapist licensed under the physical therapy law shall not perform physical therapy services without a prescription or referral from a person licensed as a physician, dentist, osteopath, podiatrist, chiropractor or nurse practitioner. However, a physical therapist may perform physical therapy services without a prescription or referral under the following circumstances:
1. To children with a diagnosed developmental disability pursuant to the patient's plan of care.
2. As part of a home health care agency pursuant to the patient's plan of care.
3. To a patient in a nursing home pursuant to the patient's plan of care.
4. Related to conditioning or to providing education or activities in a wellness setting for the purpose of injury prevention, reduction of stress or promotion of fitness.
5. To an individual for a previously diagnosed condition or conditions for which physical therapy services are appropriate after informing the health care provider rendering the diagnosis. The diagnosis must have been made within the previous one hundred eighty (180) days. The physical therapist shall provide the health care provider who rendered the diagnosis with a plan of care for physical therapy services within the first fifteen (15) days of physical therapy intervention.
Physical Therapists may evaluate or provide wellness fitness without a referral.
- Position Statement: PT/PTA Ratio
- Current Regulations Governing Licensure for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants
- Declaratory Statement - PTA Supervision
- Board Opinion on Impairment Ratings
- Board Statement on OASIS Medical Drug Regiment Reconciliation
- APTA Standards of Practice Interpretation