Okla. House passes physical therapy referral bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has passed legislation that allows physical therapists to treat ailments without a prior referral from a doctor or other medical professional.

The House voted 68-21 for the legislation Wednesday and sent it to the state Senate, where similar legislation is being considered.

The bill removes restrictions in current state law that require a doctor or other medical professional to refer a patient before a physical therapist can diagnosis and treat an ailment.

Republican Rep. Arthur Hulbert of Fort Gibson, the bill's author and himself a physical therapist, says 48 other states have some form of direct access to physical therapists without physician referrals.

Opponents say physical therapists don't have the same training as doctors and need physician oversight.

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House Bill 1020: http://bit.ly/1fei1UX

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