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Alaska PT/OT Telehealth

September 7, 2020

General Telehealth Law

Alaska healthcare providers must register with the Telemedicine Business Registry in order to serve Alaskans through telehealth. 

Physical Therapy

The purpose of this section is to establish standards for the practice of telerehabilitation by means of an interactive telecommunication system by a licensed physical therapist in order to provide physical therapy to patients who are located at distant sites in the state which are not in close proximity of a physical therapist.

A physical therapist conducting telerehabilitation by means of an interactive telecommunication system

  • Must interact with the patient maintaining the same ethical conduct and integrity;
  • Must comply with the requirements of 12 AAC 54.510 for any licensed physical therapist assistant providing services;
  • May conduct one-on-one consultations, including initial evaluation, under this section; and
  • Must provide and ensure appropriate client confidentiality and HIPAA compliance, establish secure connections, activate firewalls, and encrypt confidential information.

Reference

12 AAC 54.530

Occupational Therapy

The purpose of this section is to establish standards for the practice of telerehabilitation by means of an interactive telecommunication system by a licensed occupational therapist in order to provide occupational therapy to patients who are located at distant sites in the state which are not in close proximity of an occupational therapist.

An occupational therapist licensed under AS 08.84 and this chapter conducting telerehabilitation by means of an interactive telecommunication system

    • Must interact with the patient maintaining the same ethical conduct and integrity;
    • Must comply with the requirements of 12 AAC 54.810 for any licensed occupational therapist assistant providing services;
    • May conduct one-on-one consultations, including initial evaluation, under this section; and
    • Must provide and ensure appropriate client confidentiality and HIPAA compliance, establish secure connections, activate firewalls, and encrypt confidential information.

Reference

12 AAC 54.825

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