On May 1, 2019, Governor Holcomb signed SB 586 into law and the updates to the Indiana Physical Therapy Practice Act will go into effect on July 1, 2019. You can see the updates with the language HERE. The bold areas represent the new language and the strikethrough removes language. The key updates are the following:
- Creation of a 5-person Physical Therapy Board to regulate the practice of physical therapy in Indiana.
- Expansion of direct access from 24 days to 42 days.
- Recognition of dry needling as being within the physical therapy scope of practice.
- Provides improved “title protection” for licensed physical therapists and for the term physical therapy.
- Removes the ability of a physician to supervise a physical therapist assistant.
- Adds a definition of “physical therapy aide” which is a person who performs designated and routine tasks related to physical therapy services.
- Limits the times that the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) can be taken to 6.
For additional detail, please see the most recent President’s Message.