Help Center / Does an occupational therapist need a signed prescription from a physician authorizing OT services in the state of Florida?


In many jurisdictions, the practice of occupational therapy is contingent upon a prescription or referral of a physician, however, the Florida Occupational Therapy Practice Laws and Rules are silent on this issue, and does not state a physician’s prescription is required to provide occupational therapy services. Professional occupational therapy Florida licensees are allowed to practice occupational therapy by providing occupational therapy services.

NOTE: However, there may be (and often are) facilities, companies, insurances, HMO’s, and/or billing requirements that may mandate a physician’s prescription as a requirement for services; such as the Agency for HealthCare Administration’s Facility Regulations, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Please visit these entities websites and research their individual regulations regarding such:
Florida’s Agency for HealthCare Administration’s Facility Regulations page: https://ahca.myflorida.com/MCHQ/Health_Facility_Regulation/index.shtml;
Medicare: https://www.mymedicare.gov/
Medicaid: https://www.medicaid.gov/