HB 131, OPTA legislation seeking to modify the laws governing the practice of physical therapy, was recently referred to the House Health Committee. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Gavarone (R-3) and Reineke (R-88), would clarify that “physical therapy” includes determining a diagnosis in order to treat the person’s physical impairments, functional limitations, and physical disabilities; determining a prognosis; and determining a plan of therapeutic intervention. It would also allow the ordering of appropriate tests, including diagnostic imaging and studies, that are performed and interpreted by other licensed health care professionals. House Health Committee is chaired by Rep. Stephen Huffman (R-80) and includes 13 Republican legislators and six Democrats. Full committee makeup can be accessed here. Stay tuned to OPTA for your Call to Action on this important legislation. Information on HB 131 is available on the OPTA website > Advocacy. You must be an OPTA member and be logged in to access this information.