Section 34-24-217

Grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of license.

(a) The board shall refuse to issue a license to any person and, after notice and hearing in accordance with its regulations and rules, shall suspend or revoke the license of any person who has:

(1) Practiced physical therapy other than upon the referral of a physician licensed to practice medicine or surgery, a dentist licensed to practice dentistry, a licensed chiropractor, a licensed assistant to a physician acting pursuant to a valid supervisory agreement, or a licensed certified registered nurse practitioner in a valid collaborative practice agreement with a licensed physician, except as provided in Section 34-24-210.1, or practiced as a physical therapist assistant other than under the direction of a licensed physical therapist;

(2) Used drugs or intoxicating liquors to an extent which affects his or her professional competency;

(3) Been convicted of a felony or of a crime involving moral turpitude;

(4) Obtained or attempted to obtain a license by fraud or deception;

(5) Been grossly negligent in the practice of physical therapy or in acting as a physical therapist assistant;

(6) Been adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction;

(7) Been guilty of conduct unbecoming a person licensed as a physical therapist or licensed as a physical therapist assistant or of conduct detrimental to the best interest of the public;

(8) Been convicted of violating any state or federal narcotic law;

(9) Treated or undertaken to treat human ailments otherwise than by physical therapy as defined in this article;

(10) Advertised unethically according to standards as set by the board; or

(11) Failed or refused to obey any lawful order or regulation of the board.

(b) For purposes of this article and notwithstanding any other provision of this article or any rules or regulations adopted by the board, any person licensed under this article who has a bona fide employment or independent contract with a physician, a physician group, or an entity with which a physician has a legal compensation arrangement, including fair market value wages, compensation, benefits, or rents for services or property provided, or in which a physician has a legal financial interest, including any direct or indirect ownership or investment interest, shall not be deemed to be engaged in conduct unbecoming a person licensed under this article, or to be engaged in conduct detrimental to the best interest of the public, or to be in violation of any other provision of this article by virtue of any of the above relationships, and shall not be subject to licensure denial, suspension, revocation, or any other disciplinary action or penalty under this article: (1) by virtue of such employment or contract, or (2) by virtue of the provision of physical therapy services pursuant to a referral from the employing or contracting physician, or from a physician with a legal compensation arrangement with or a legal financial interest in the employing or contracting physician group.

(Acts 1965, No. 476, p. 686, §12; Acts 1969, No. 622, p. 1128, §11; Acts 1982, No. 82-189, p. 218, §4; Act 2007-386, p. 773, §1; Act 2012-260, §1; Act 2012-387, §1.)