In 2013, the Indiana Legislature passed HB 1034 – which allows Physical Therapy services without a referral.
HB 1034- Physical therapy services without a referral. Allows a physical therapist to evaluate and treat a patient without a referral for not more than 24 calendar days. Requires a physical therapist to obtain a referral from the patient’s provider if further treatment by the physical therapist is needed. Provides that a physical therapist may not perform spinal manipulation of the spinal column or the vertebral column unless: (1) the physical therapist is acting on the order or referral of a physician, an osteopath, or a chiropractor; and (2) the referring physician, osteopath, or chiropractor has examined the patient before issuing the order or referral. Provides that a physical therapist may not perform sharp debridement unless a physical therapist has an order or referral of a licensed physician, osteopath, or podiatrist.
You can read the full full copy of HB 1034 on the Indiana Legislature’s Website.