92nd General Assembly
Summary of HB3194
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Short description: 
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE                                              

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Illinois Occupational Therapy Practice  Act.   Defines      
   "occupational  therapy  services"  and  "occupational  therapy  aide".      
   Redefines  "occupational  therapy"  to include a list of interventions      
   that are allowed and the roles  that  an  occupational  therapist  may      
   assume.  Provides  for the requirement of continuing education for the      
   renewal of an occupational therapist's  license  and  an  occupational      
   therapy assistant's certification.  Requires an occupational therapist      
   to  have  a referral from a licensed physician, dentist, chiropractor,      
   podiatrist, optometrist, or other licensed  health  care  professional      
   who  is  authorized  to  refer  for  health  care  services  prior  to      
   implementing  direct  occupational  therapy  upon  an individual for a      
   specific health care condition.  Effective January 1, 2002.                 
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          225 ILCS 75/3.2 new                                                  
        Replaces everything after the enacting clause with  the  bill  as      
   introduced  with  the  following  changes.  Provides that occupational      
   therapy  services  include,  for  occupational  therapists  possessing      
   advanced  training,  skills,  and  competency  as  determined  by  the      
   Department, applying physical agent modalities as an adjunct to or  in      
   preparation  for  engagement  in  occupations.   Provides that no rule      
   shall be adopted under the Act that allows an  occupational  therapist      
   to perform an act, task, or function primarily performed in the lawful      
   practice  of  optometry  under the Illinois Optometric Practice Act of      
   1987.  Provides that  an  occupational  therapist  shall  refer  to  a      
   licensed  physician,  dentist,  optometrist, or podiatrist any patient      
   whose  medical  condition  should,  at  the  time  of  evaluation   or      
   treatment,  be  determined  to  be beyond the scope of practice of the      
   occupational therapist.                                                     
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.                                                 
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          225 ILCS 75/3.3 new                                                  
        Provides that the Department shall promulgate rules to define and      
   regulate the activities of occupational  therapy  aides.   Permits  an      
   occupational therapist to consult with, educate, evaluate, and monitor      
   services  for  clients  concerning  non-medical  occupational  therapy      
   needs.  Changes the continuing education requirements.                      
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 3.                                                 
        Limits an occupational therapist implementing direct occupational      
   therapy for specific health care conditions to those patients referred      
   to the therapist by a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or optometrist.       
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 92-0297

   Last action date: AUG-09-2001

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   3     SENATE -   0


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