Oregon Statutes - Chapter 688 - Therapeutic and Technical Services: Physical Therapists; Radiologic Technologists and Radiation Therapists; Hemodialysis Technicians; Athletic Trainers; Respiratory Therapists - Section 688.132 - Duty to refer person; exceptions; when personal injury protection benefits available.

(1) A licensed physical therapist shall immediately refer a person to a medical doctor, osteopathic physician, chiropractic physician, podiatric physician and surgeon, naturopathic physician, dentist, physician assistant or nurse practitioner if:

(a) Signs or symptoms are present that require treatment or diagnosis by such providers or for which physical therapy is contraindicated or for which treatment is outside the knowledge of the physical therapist or scope of practice of physical therapy; or

(b) The physical therapist continues therapy and 60 days have passed since the initial physical therapy treatment has been administered, unless:

(A) The individual is a child or a student eligible for special education, as defined by state or federal law, and is being seen pursuant to the childís or the studentís individual education plan or individual family service plan;

(B) The individual is a student athlete at a public or private school, college or university and is seeking treatment in that role as athlete; or

(C) The individual is a resident of a long term care facility as defined in ORS 442.015, a residential facility as defined in ORS 443.400, an adult foster home as defined in ORS 443.705 or an intermediate care facility for mental retardation pursuant to federal regulations.

(2) Notwithstanding any provision of ORS 742.518 to 742.542, personal injury protection benefits are not required to be paid for physical therapy treatment of a person covered by the applicable insurance policy unless the person is referred to the physical therapist by a licensed physician, podiatric physician and surgeon, naturopathic physician, dentist, physicianís assistant or nurse practitioner. [1993 c.211 §4; 1999 c.539 §2; 2001 c.104 §262; 2005 c.627 §11; 2007 c.403 §1]

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