Citations Affected: IC 25-27-1.
Synopsis: Physical therapists. Allows a physical therapist to provide
treatment to a patient who was previously referred to the physical
therapist for the same condition if: (1) the referral was given not more
than six months before the request for the later treatment; and (2) the
physical therapist contacts the referring provider within three days.
Allows a physical therapist to evaluate a patient without a referral, but
requires the physical therapist to contact the patient's appropriate
provider and obtain a referral before providing treatment.
Effective: July 1, 2008.
January 8, 2008, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
professions and occupations.
therapist's assistant except as provided under this chapter. For the
purposes of this subsection, the function of:
(2) doing research;
(3) providing advisory services; or
(4) conducting seminars on physical therapy;
is not considered to be a practice of physical therapy.
(c) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, it is unlawful for a person to act as a physical therapist's assistant or to use initials, letters, words, abbreviations, or insignia indicating that the person is a physical therapist's assistant without first obtaining from the board a certificate authorizing the person to act as a physical therapist's assistant. It is unlawful for the person to act as a physical therapist's assistant other than under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist who is in responsible charge of a patient or under the direct supervision of a physician. However, nothing in this chapter prohibits a person licensed or registered in this state under another law from engaging in the practice for which the person is licensed or registered. These exempted persons include persons engaged in the practice of osteopathy, chiropractic, or podiatric medicine.
(d) Except as provided in section 2.5 of this chapter, this chapter does not authorize a person who is licensed as a physical therapist or certified as a physical therapist's assistant to:
(1) evaluate any physical disability or mental disorder except upon the order or referral of a physician, podiatrist, psychologist, chiropractor, or dentist;
(2) practice medicine, surgery (as described in IC 25-22.5-1-1.1(a)(1)(C)), dentistry, optometry, osteopathy, psychology, chiropractic, or podiatric medicine; or
(3) prescribe a drug or other remedial substance used in medicine.
previously referred to the physical therapist for the same condition if the referral that authorized the previous treatment under section 2(b) of this chapter was given not more than six (6) months before the date the individual requests the later treatment from the physical therapist. However, the physical therapist shall consult with the individual's original referring provider not later than three (3) days after the physical therapist provides the later treatment to the individual under this subsection.