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13.4.6The Practice of Physical Therapy

A.Whenever a patient seeks or receives treatment from a physical therapist without referral from a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, or chiropractic, the physical therapist shall:

  1. Disclose to the patient in writing the scope and limitations of the practice of physical therapy and shall obtain their consent in writing in accordance with the “American Physical Therapy Association, Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy” incorporated above by reference at § 13.2(E) of this Part; and
  2. Refer the patient to such a practitioner within ninety (90) days after the date treatment commenced; provided, however, a physical therapist shall not be required to make such a referral after treatment is concluded.


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