DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Physical therapy. Prohibits a physical therapist from performing a manipulation of the spine. Allows a physical therapist to provide subsequent 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 subsequent 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. Specifies that a physical therapist may perform sharp debridement only on the order of a physician. Removes the authority that allows physical therapists to practice physical therapy upon the order or referral of a psychologist.