Fifty-first Legislature                                 Health and Human Services

Second Regular Session                                                  S.B. 1154




(Reference to printed bill)


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"Section 1.  Section 32-2044, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE32-2044.  Grounds for disciplinary action

The following are grounds for disciplinary action:

1.  Violating this chapter, board rules or a written board order.

2.  Practicing or offering to practice beyond the scope of the practice of physical therapy.

3.  Obtaining or attempting to obtain a license or certificate by fraud or misrepresentation.

4.  Engaging in the performance of substandard care by a physical therapist due to a deliberate or negligent act or failure to act regardless of whether actual injury to the patient is established.

5.  Engaging in the performance of substandard care by a physical therapist assistant, including exceeding the authority to perform tasks selected and delegated by the supervising licensee regardless of whether actual injury to the patient is established.

6.  Failing to supervise assistive personnel, physical therapy students or interim permit holders in accordance with this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter.

7.  Conviction of a felony, whether or not involving moral turpitude, or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.  In either case conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction is conclusive evidence of the commission and the board may take disciplinary action when the time for appeal has lapsed, when the judgment of conviction has been affirmed on appeal or when an order granting probation is made suspending the imposition of sentence, irrespective of a subsequent order.  For the purposes of this paragraph, "conviction" means a plea or verdict of guilty or a conviction following a plea of nolo contendere.

8.  Practicing as a physical therapist or working as a physical therapist assistant when physical or mental abilities are impaired by disease or trauma, by the use of controlled substances or other habit‑forming drugs, chemicals or alcohol or by other causes.

9.  Having had a license or certificate revoked or suspended or other disciplinary action taken or an application for licensure or certification refused, revoked or suspended by the proper authorities of another state, territory or country.

10.  Engaging in sexual misconduct.  For the purposes of this paragraph, "sexual misconduct" includes:

(a)  Engaging in or soliciting sexual relationships, whether consensual or nonconsensual, while a provider‑patient relationship exists.

(b)  Making sexual advances, requesting sexual favors or engaging in other verbal conduct or physical contact of a sexual nature with patients.

(c)  Intentionally viewing a completely or partially disrobed patient in the course of treatment if the viewing is not related to patient diagnosis or treatment under current practice standards.

11.  Directly or indirectly requesting, receiving or participating in the dividing, transferring, assigning, rebating or refunding of an unearned fee or profiting by means of any credit or other valuable consideration such as an unearned commission, discount or gratuity in connection with the furnishing of physical therapy services.  This paragraph does not prohibit the members of any regularly and properly organized business entity recognized by law and composed of physical therapists from dividing fees received for professional services among themselves as they determine necessary to defray their joint operating expense.

12.  Failing to adhere to the recognized standards of ethics of the physical therapy profession.

13.  Charging unreasonable or fraudulent fees for services performed or not performed.

14.  Making misleading, deceptive, untrue or fraudulent representations in violation of this chapter or in the practice of the profession.

15.  Having been adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction.

16.  Aiding or abetting a person who is not licensed or certified in this state and who directly or indirectly performs activities requiring a license or certificate.

17.  Failing to report to the board any direct knowledge of an unprofessional, incompetent or illegal act that appears to be in violation of this chapter or board rules.

18.  Interfering with an investigation or disciplinary proceeding by failing to cooperate, by wilful misrepresentation of facts or by the use of threats or harassment against any patient or witness to prevent the patient or witness from providing evidence in a disciplinary proceeding or any legal action.

19.  Failing to maintain patient confidentiality without prior written consent of the patient or unless otherwise required by law.

20.  Failing to maintain adequate patient records.  For the purposes of this paragraph, "adequate patient records" means legible records that comply with board rules and that contain at a minimum an evaluation of objective findings, a diagnosis, the plan of care, the treatment record, a discharge summary and sufficient information to identify the patient.

21.  Promoting an unnecessary device, treatment intervention or service for the financial gain of the practitioner or of a third party.

22.  Providing treatment intervention unwarranted by the condition of the patient or treatment beyond the point of reasonable benefit.

23.  Failing to report to the board a name change or a change in business or home address within thirty days after that change.

24.  Failing to complete continuing competence requirements as established by the board by rule.

25.  Failing to demonstrate professional standards of care and training and education qualifications, as established by the board by rule, in the performance of dry needling when provided as a therapeutic modality.END_STATUTE

Sec. 2.  Board of physical therapy; dry needling standards; rules; exemption

A.  On or before July 1, 2015, the board of physical therapy shall establish by rule professional standards of care and training and education qualifications for the performance of dry needling for therapeutic purposes.  A physical therapist who was performing dry needling as a therapeutic modality before January 1, 2014 may continue to perform dry needling until the board adopts standards of care and training and education qualifications pursuant to this section and then is required to meet the standards and qualifications adopted by the board.

B.  For the purposes of this section, the board of physical therapy is exempt from the rulemaking requirements of title 41, chapter 6, Arizona Revised Statutes, for one year after the effective date of this act.

Sec. 3.  Effective date

Section 32-2044, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by this act, is effective from and after June 30, 2015."

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