Florida Senate - 2013 SB 536 By Senator Detert 28-00687-13 2013536__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to physical therapy; amending s. 3 486.021, F.S.; authorizing physical therapists to 4 implement physical therapy treatment plans of a 5 specified duration which are provided by advanced 6 registered nurse practitioners; providing an effective 7 date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Subsection (11) of section 486.021, Florida 12 Statutes, is amended to read: 13 486.021 Definitions.—In this chapter, unless the context 14 otherwise requires, the term: 15 (11) “Practice of physical therapy” means the performance 16 of physical therapy assessments and the treatment of any 17 disability, injury, disease, or other health condition of human 18 beings, or the prevention of such disability, injury, disease, 19 or other condition of health, and rehabilitation as related 20 thereto by the use of the physical, chemical, and other 21 properties of air; electricity; exercise; massage; the 22 performance of acupuncture only upon compliance with the 23 criteria set forth by the Board of Medicine, when no penetration 24 of the skin occurs; the use of radiant energy, including 25 ultraviolet, visible, and infrared rays; ultrasound; water; the 26 use of apparatus and equipment in the application of the 27 foregoing or related thereto; the performance of tests of 28 neuromuscular functions as an aid to the diagnosis or treatment 29 of any human condition; or the performance of electromyography 30 as an aid to the diagnosis of any human condition only upon 31 compliance with the criteria set forth by the Board of Medicine. 32 (a) A physical therapist may implement a plan of treatment 33 provided for a patient by a practitioner of record or by an 34 advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under s. 35 464.012. The physical therapist shall refer the patient to or 36 consult with a
health carepractitioner of record licensed under37 chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 460, chapter 461, or chapter38 466,if the patient’s condition is found to be outside the scope 39 of physical therapy. If physical therapy treatment for a patient 40 is required beyond 21 days for a condition not previously 41 assessed by a practitioner of record, the physical therapist 42 shall obtain a practitioner of record who will review and sign 43 the plan. For purposes of this paragraph, a health care 44 practitioner licensed under chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 45 460, chapter 461, or chapter 466 and engaged in active practice 46 is eligible to serve as a practitioner of record. 47 (b) The use of roentgen rays and radium for diagnostic and 48 therapeutic purposes and the use of electricity for surgical 49 purposes, including cauterization, are not authorized under the50 term“physical therapy” for purposes of as used inthis chapter. 51 (c) The practice of physical therapy as defined in this52 chapterdoes not authorize a physical therapy practitioner to 53 practice chiropractic medicine as defined in chapter 460, 54 including specific spinal manipulation. For the performance of 55 specific chiropractic spinal manipulation, a physical therapist 56 shall refer the patient to a health care practitioner licensed 57 under chapter 460. 58 (d) Nothing inThis subsection does not authorize 59 authorizesa physical therapist to implement a plan of treatment 60 for a patient currently being treated in a facility licensed 61 pursuant to chapter 395. 62 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.