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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Licensure of occupational therapists. Requires the licensure of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants (current law requires certification). Requires a physician to refer a patient to an occupational therapist before the patient may receive services except in specified circumstances. Requires the occupational therapy committee to propose rules to the medical licensing board (board) concerning the continuing competency requirements for the renewal of an occupational therapy license. Requires the board to: (1) adopt rules that are necessary to distinguish between the practice of physical therapy and the practice of occupational therapy; and (2) approve a nationally recognized examination for occupational therapy licensure and establish the passing score needed to obtain a license. Specifies when a temporary occupational therapy license expires.