Physical therapy; extends time allowed for a therapist to evaluate and treat patients. (SB1187)

Introduced By

Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian) with support from co-patron Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Health Professions; practice of physical therapy. Extends from 30 days to 60 days the time allowed for a physical therapist who has completed a doctor of physical therapy program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education or who has obtained a certificate of authorization to evaluate and treat patients after an initial evaluation without a referral under certain circumstances. The bill also provides that after discharging a patient a physical therapist shall not perform an initial evaluation of a patient without a referral if the physical therapist has performed an initial evaluation of the patient for the same condition within the immediately preceding 60 days. Read the Bill »


03/31/2021: signed by governor


01/10/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101168D
01/10/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/13/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1187)
01/13/2021Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
01/21/2021Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/26/2021Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Placed on Calendar
02/02/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/11/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Read second time
02/16/2021Read third time
02/16/2021Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/16/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1187ER)
02/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1187ER)
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/22/2021Signed by Speaker
02/24/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 24, 2021
02/24/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 481 (effective 7/1/21)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0481)