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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 391. Regulations for the Licensure of Hospice

12VAC5-391-390. Therapy services.

A. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy services shall be provided under the direction of an appropriately qualified therapist licensed or certified as required in Virginia. The therapy services provided may include, but are not limited to:

1. Assessing patient needs;

2. Participating, as necessary, in developing a patient's plan of care;

3. Implementing therapy services as documented in a patient's plan of care;

4. Evaluating the outcome of the services provided;

5. Educating the patient and family regarding the therapy services provided;

6. Providing therapy service consultation to other health care professionals;

7. Coordinating and communicating with the IDG regarding changes in the patient's needs;

8. Supervising therapy assistants and home attendants as appropriate;

9. Preparing clinical notes; and

10. Obtaining physician orders, when necessary.

B. The occupational therapy assistant shall practice under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.

C. The physical therapy assistant shall be currently licensed by the Virginia Board of Physical Therapists and shall practice under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

D. Duties of therapy assistants shall include, but are not limited to:

1. Performing services planned, delegated, and supervised by the appropriately licensed or certified therapist; and

2. Preparing clinical notes.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-162.5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 21, Issue 23, eff. November 1, 2005.

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