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California OT Telehealth 

Informed Consent

An occupational therapist shall inform the patient or client about occupational therapy services via telehealth and obtain consent prior to delivering those services.

Prior to the delivery of health care via telehealth, the health care provider initiating the use of telehealth shall inform the patient about the use of telehealth and obtain verbal or written consent from the patient for the use of telehealth as an acceptable mode of delivering health care services and public health. The consent shall be documented.

Professional Judgment

An occupational therapist shall determine whether an in-person evaluation or in-person interventions are necessary considering: the complexity of the patient’s/client’s condition; his or her own knowledge, skills, and abilities; the nature and complexity of the intervention; the requirements of the practice setting; and the patient’s/client’s context and environment.

Standard of Practice

An occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant providing occupational therapy services via telehealth must:

    • Exercise the same standard of care when providing occupational therapy services via telehealth as with any other mode of delivery of occupational therapy services;
    • Provide services consistent with section 2570.2(l) of the Code; and
    • Comply with all other provisions of the Occupational Therapy Practice Act and its attending regulations, including the ethical standards of practice, as well as any other applicable provisions of law.

Reference

Cal. Bus. and Prof.  Code § 2290.5

Cal. Code Regs., tit. 16 § 4172

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