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Delaware Physical Therapy Telehealth
Telehealth is the use of electronic communications to provide and deliver a host of health-related information and health-care services, including physical therapy and athletic training-related information and services, over large and small distances. Telehealth encompasses a variety of health care and health promotion activities, including education, advice, reminders, interventions, and monitoring of interventions.
The physical therapist or physical therapist assistant who provides treatment through telehealth shall meet the following requirements:
Before services are provided through telehealth, the licensee shall obtain written, informed consent from the patient, or other appropriate person with authority to make health care treatment decisions for the patient. At minimum, the informed consent shall inform the patient and document acknowledgement of the risk and limitations of:
The licensee shall ensure that the electronic communication is secure to maintain confidentiality of the patient's medical information as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other applicable Federal and State laws. Confidentiality shall be maintained through appropriate processes, practices and technology, including disposal of electronic equipment and data.
Competence and Scope of Practice
The licensee shall be responsible for determining and documenting that telehealth is an appropriate level of care for the patient.
The licensee shall comply with the Board's law and rules and regulations and all current standards of care requirements applicable to onsite care.
The licensee shall limit the practice of telehealth to the area of competence in which proficiency has been gained through education, training and experience.
All evaluations, including initial evaluations, and re-evaluations and scheduled discharges shall be performed face to face and not through telehealth.
Subject to the supervision requirements of subsection 1.2, every other supervisory visit may be performed via telehealth with the other alternating visit performed face to face.
The licensee shall document in the file or record which services were provided by telehealth.
29 Del. C. §2602(13)