Physical Therapists: Licensed physical therapists may lawfully treat patients only upon referral by a licensed physician or other person authorized to prescribe treatment of individuals. Referral of a patient for physical therapy services is based upon prior diagnosis by the prescribing practitioner. Particular services or treatment modalities may be specified. A licensed physical therapist also may lawfully treat a patient for an injury that was previously referred for therapy as long as (1) the referring practitioner is notified of the therapy within five business days; (2) the patient is not treated for more than 30 consecutive days or 20 therapy sessions, whichever comes first, without consulting the prescribing practitioner; and (3) the treatment occurs within one year of the original referral (Council on Socioeconomics, p 181, I-94; reaffirmed CSE Rep. 3-A-04; reaffirmed CSE Rep. 2-A-14).
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October 07, 2016