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Alabama Physical Therapy Referrals
Is a referral required to provide PT services?
Yes. Physical therapy shall be practiced only upon the referral of a physician licensed to practice medicine or surgery, a dentist licensed to practice dentistry, a licensed chiropractor, a licensed assistant to a physician acting pursuant to a valid supervisory agreement, or a licensed certified registered nurse practitioner in a collaborative practice agreement with a licensed physician.
Are there exceptions to the referral requirement?
Without prescription or referral, a licensed physical therapist may perform an initial evaluation or consultation of a screening nature to determine the need for physical therapy and may perform the physical therapy.
The physical therapy and other services which may be performed without prescription or referral, include and are limited to the following:
Which providers can issue the referral?
Ala. Code 34-24-210.1.
Ala. Code § 34-24-191
Ala. Admin. Code r 700-X-3-.03