Mulroe secures streamlined treatment for patients

physical therapy 081618CHICAGO – Patients will no longer have to visit a doctor’s office for a physical therapy referral under a new law sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe.

“State government shouldn’t be in the business of mandating that people see a physician before they can seek treatment from a physical therapist,” Mulroe said. “This legislation will streamline health services, saving people time and money.”

Under House Bill 4643, patients will be able to visit a physical therapist for diagnosis and treatment without first visiting a doctor for a referral. Physical therapists are limited to diagnosing and treating patients within the scope of their practice. If a patient does not improve after 10 visits or 15 business days, the physical therapist will be required to refer the patient to their treating physician.

This legislation, which was signed into law today, takes effect immediately.

Sen. John G. Mulroe


10th District

Years served: 2010 - 2019

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Executive; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary (Chairperson); Public Health; Subcommittee on Const. Amendments.

Biography: Born July 21, 1959, in Chicago; BBA, accounting, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University School of Law; member of Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations; full-time attorney; former assistant state's attorney and arbitrator for Cook County; certified public accountant; married (wife, Margaret), four children.

Associated Representative:
Robert Martwick
Michael P. McAuliffe