As a newly licensed physical therapist or certified physical therapist assistant you may have questions about the practice of your profession. The following may help you answer some of the most common questions. This information is based upon the questions submitted to the State Board for Physical Therapy by licensed or certified professionals like you.
1. The scopes of practice for the professions of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant are defined in the law. Does that mean that I can do everything that falls within the legal scope of practice of my profession?
3. Must I wear an identification badge when I am providing physical therapy services in a healthcare setting?
6. Can I accept a referral for physical therapy treatment from a physician, dentist, podiatrist or nurse practitioner not licensed in New York?
10. As a physical therapist assistant do my notes need to be co-signed by my supervising physical therapist?
4. Do I have to have a separate form for the Notice of Advice or can it be combined with another form?
6. Does the Notice of Advice form have to be filled out even if the patient knows he/she will not be using a third party payor or insurance?
9. What constitutes 10 visits? Is an initial evaluation included in the 10 visits? How is the 30-day period counted?
10. Is treatment without a referral restricted by the academic/professional degree a physical therapist has?
12. Does the law allow a physical therapist treating without a referral to delegate treatment to a physical therapist assistant, a student or someone on a limited permit?
13. If the physical therapist treating a patient without a referral is unable to provide treatment, can a physical therapist who does not have the privilege who is covering for the physical therapist provide the treatment?
14. Can a physical therapist licensed in another state with three years of practice experience qualify to treat without a referral in New York State?
The State Board for Physical Therapy has recently received many questions about the role of the physical therapist in completing all the assessments, including the drug regimen reviews, for certified home health agencies (CHHA) and long term home health care programs (LTHHCP), specifically the OASIS-C form. The Board has worked diligently to come to an agreement as to the methods, policies and procedures that have to be followed that will allow the physical therapists to complete the review. Please see the guidance letter (183K) from the Department of Health.