CHAPTER 164

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 81

AS AMENDED BY

SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 3 AND HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 3

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 26, TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PHYSICAL THERAPY.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend §2612, Title 24, Delaware Code by deleting subsection (a) in its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof the following:

"§2612. Practice, Referral, and Consultation

(a) A licensed physical therapist may enter a case for the purpose of consultation, evaluation or treatment of an individual as it relates to the individual's need for physical therapy services, with or without a referral by a licensed medical or osteopathic physician; provided, however, that a physical therapist shall refer the individual to another health practitioner if symptoms are present for which treatment is outside the scope of his knowledge. A physical therapist may treat an individual without a referral up to 30 days after which time a physician must be consulted. Physical therapy treatment of any individual shall be administered only by a licensed physical therapist. This chapter shall not prohibit physicians licensed to practice medicine and surgery, chiropractic physicians, podiatrists, dentists and nurses licensed under Title 24 of the Delaware Code from performing any physical or therapeutic modalities within the scope of their respective practices. Treatment by a physical therapist may also occur based on a referral from, or in consultation with, a licensed dentist, podiatrist or chiropractor for a condition within the scope of their respective practices."

Section 2.. This Act shall become effective January 1, 1994.

Approved July 16, 1993.