A qualified physical therapist is considered to be in independent practice when he
renders services on his own responsibility and free of the administrative and professional
control of an employer such as a physician, institution, agency, etc., the persons
he treats are his own patients; and he has the right to collect fees for the services
he renders. While the therapist need not be in full-time private practice he must
be engaged in private practice on a regular basis, i.e., he is recognized as a private
practitioner and for that purpose he maintains at his own expense an office or office
space and the necessary equipment to provide an adequate program of physical therapy.
An office (or office space) in a hospital, SNF, or on the premises of any clinic or
agency participating as a provider of outpatient physical therapy services utilized
by a physical therapist in furnishing such services as an employee of or under arrangements
with the provider, may not be considered the physical therapist's office for purposes
of this section. The expressed purpose of this limited benefit is to make physical
therapy more readily available to the beneficiary in cases where the therapist's office
might be more accessible than a provider's facility.
A physical therapist will be considered engaged in private practice on a regular basis when he maintains office hours of such frequency and duration that the patients he
undertakes to treat can receive services as medically indicated.