State Physical Therapy Board: News



2021 Meeting Dates for State Physical Therapy Board

Meeting Schedule


Physical Therapy Compact 

Physical Therapy Compact Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking



Division Adopts New Emergency COVID-19 Rules

Emergency Rules adopted on March 1, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order D 2020-038 regarding temporary licensure and waiver of certain nurse and nurse aide education rules expired on August 29, 2020. These rules pertained to professions regulated by the Chiropractic, Dental, Medical, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Respiratory Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and Veterinary boards/programs.

The Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations adopted Emergency Rules regarding temporary licensure and waiver of certain nurse and nurse aide education rules pursuant to Executive Order 2020-158, which amended, extended and restated Executive Order 2020-038.

The rules have a few substantive changes:

  • Those persons who were issued a temporary license between May 1 and August 29 will be eligible for an additional temporary license that will expire 60 days after the applicant sits for the required examination, provided the applicant submits both documentation of registration for the required examination and a statement by the examination vendor affirming the applicant is registered for the next available examination; and, the applicant attests that the scheduled examination is the applicant's first attempt to successfully complete the examination. 
  • From August 30 until the expiration of the rules, DPO will issue initial temporary licenses to new graduates.  These temporary licenses will expire March 31, 2020. 
  • Nurse Aides with temporary licenses working in home-health or home-hospice settings may be supervised by a professional nurse through video supervision provided the entire visit is tele-supervised by video and the professional nurse is: 
    • within proximity of the home site to promptly respond to provide non-emergent assistance;
    • immediately available to respond to an emergency by activating EMS to respond to the home site.  
  • Foreign medical graduates may apply for a second temporary license to expire March 31, 2020 without additional condition. 



New Disclosure Required

On May 14, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 19-1174 Out of Network Healthcare Services. The bill includes provisions for how health insurance carriers will reimburse providers (doctors, hospitals and other health care providers) for out-of-network emergency and non-emergency care. The new law went into effect on January 1, 2020, and also requires healthcare providers to develop and provide consumer disclosures about the potential effects of receiving emergency or non-emergency services from an out-of-network provider, and the possibility of “surprise  billing.” As part of the implementation of House Bill 19-1174 Out-of-network Surprise Billing, the Division of Professions and Occupations is providing a sample disclosure form. Please feel free to use your own form if you prefer.



Board Policies Updated

The State Physical Therapy Board Policy titled "Dry Needling" was repealed today (6/18/2019) to align with the recent rulemaking. An updated version of the polices has been posted to our legal website.