I wonder if I can treat patients in Illinois without physician referral? If the patient is willing to pay cash, is it okay to treat without MD referral? Let's say, I the family just wanted to have a strengthening/conditioning program, can I treat this patient even without the MD referral? Could anybody pls. email me the info? firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
Joined: May 21, 2002
Unfortunately no, you cannot treat a patient in Illinois w/o a referral even if they are paying cash and you are treating them on the weekend on your own time. You are still practicing as a P.T. under your license and you have to follow the practice act. Now there are loopholes... if you have the "client" sign a waiver stating that you are not treating them as a patient and they are a client and assume all risks if they may be injured participating in your program. Also throw in something like...we recommend you see your doctor before participating in any type of exercise. This way you are providing a strength/exercise/fitness/personal training type session. If you do go this route make sure that you call HPSO and get your individual "fitness" coverage and make sure any cash collected is documented for tax purposes. Good luck!!!!