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Arizona PT Referrals

Is a referral required to provide PT services?

No.  Arizona is a direct access state.

Does the physical therapist need to be in communication with the referring provider?

Yes.  A physical therapist shall provide the referring practitioner, if any, with information from the patient assessment, diagnosis, and plan of care. Within one week after a patient is initially evaluated, the physical therapist shall provide this information:

    • In writing and place a copy of the written notice in the patient’s record, or
    • Orally and place a contemporaneously made note of the verbal communication in the patient’s record.

When does a PT have to refer a patient to a physician?

A physical therapist shall refer a client to appropriate health care practitioners if the physical therapist has reasonable cause to believe symptoms or conditions are present that require services beyond the scope of practice or if physical therapy is contraindicated.


A.R.S. ยง 32-2041

A.A.C. R4-24-301

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