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  • NJ S1315
  • Revises statutes regarding practice of physical therapy.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill revises the "Physical Therapist Licensing Act of 1983" by expanding the scope of practice of physical therapists to include: identification of balance disorders; treatment by means of intramuscular techniques, integumentary protection, repair and management; utilization review; screening, examination, evaluation, and application of interventions for the promotion, improvement, and maintenance of fitness, health, wellness, and prevention services in populations of all ages related to physical therapy practice; and animal physical therapy. Under current law, physical therapist assistants are under the direct supervision of licensed physical therapists. The bill provides, instead, for general supervision of physical therapist assistants. As defined in the bill, "general supervision" means supervision by a physical therapist in which: the physical therapist must be available at all times by telecommunications but is not required to be on-site for direction and supervision; and the supervising physical therapist assesses on an ongoing basis the ability of the physical therapy assistant to perform the selected interventions as directed. The bill further provides that the State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners shall establish guidelines concerning the supervision of physical therapist assistants including, but not limited to: on-site review of the plan of care with appropriate revision or termination; and evaluation of the need for, and a recommendation regarding, utilization of outside resources. The bill also permits physical therapists licensed in other jurisdictions, under certain conditions as enumerated in the bill, to participate in educational activities occurring in New Jersey and to assist in providing services in this State during emergency situations. In addition, the bill changes the current references concerning continuing education requirements to continuing professional competency requirements. "Continuing professional competency" is defined as the lifelong process of maintaining and documenting the application of knowledge, skills and behaviors required to function effectively, safely, ethically and legally, through ongoing self-assessment, development, and implementation of a personal learning plan and subsequent reassessment. Furthermore, this bill provides that a person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if the person knowingly does not possess a license to practice physical therapy or knowingly has had such license suspended, revoked or otherwise limited by an order entered by the State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, and he: -- engages in the practice of physical therapy; -- exceeds the scope of practice permitted by the board order; -- holds himself out to the public or any person as being eligible to engage in the practice of physical therapy; -- engages in any activity for which a license to practice physical therapy is a necessary prerequisite; or -- practices physical therapy under a false or assumed name or falsely impersonates another person licensed by the board. Under the bill, however, these provisions would not apply to a person practicing physical therapy without a license if that person's activities are permitted under section 9 of P.L.1983, c.296 (C.45:9-37.19).
Commerce, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, 2nd Reading in the Senate to Concur with Assembly Amendments, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.121.  (on 7/21/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/21/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.121.
6/29/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (34-0)
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (71-0-4)
6/22/2017 A Substituted for A1839 (2R)
6/8/2017 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Jones)
6/1/2017 A Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading
5/25/2017 S Passed by the Senate (37-0)
2/27/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
2/27/2017 Senate Commerce Hearing (19:00 2/27/2017 )
2/8/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Commerce Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/29/2017 Senate Floor: Amend 34 0 6
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A1839 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 71 0 9
Detail 5/25/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 37 0 3
Detail 2/27/2017 Senate Commerce Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 0 0