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Georgia Occupational Therapy Identification and Notification

Individual Identification

A health care practitioner providing services in this state in a health care practice or facility shall conspicuously post and affirmatively communicate the practitioner's specific licensure to all current and prospective patients as follows:         

  • The health care practitioner shall wear an identifier during all patient encounters that shall include:
    • The health care practitioner's name; and
    • The type of license or educational degree the health care practitioner holds.
  • The identifier shall be of sufficient size and be worn in a conspicuous manner so as to be visible and apparent. A lab coat or similar distinguishing clothing or uniform indicating the practitioner's specific licensure may be considered an identifier if such clothing or uniform.
  • An identifier shall not be required in an operating room or other setting where surgical or other invasive procedures are performed or in any other setting where maintaining a sterile environment is medically necessary.
  •  An identifier shall not be required in any mental health setting where it would impede the psychotherapeutic relationship.
  • If a safety or health risk to the health care practitioner or a patient would be created as a result of the practitioner wearing such identifier in a specified practice setting, an identifier shall not be required or may be modified by omitting or concealing the last name of the practitioner in accordance with the requirements of the health care practice or facility.

Display of License

A health care practitioner in a health care practice or facility other than a hospital shall display in the reception area of such practice or facility a notice that clearly identifies the type of health care practitioners employed in such practice or facility and the right of a patient to inquire as to the type of license of the health care practitioner treating such patient. The notice shall be of sufficient size so as to be visible and apparent to all current and prospective patients.

Notice of Information Changes

A licensee shall notify the Board in writing immediately of any address change. If a duplicate pocket license is requested, the appropriate fee must accompany the request.

A licensee shall immediately notify the Board in writing of any name change of the licensee. The notification to the Board of the name change shall be accompanied by a copy of the court order, marriage certificate, or other legal document verifying the change in name. A change in name requires a duplicate pocket license. Therefore, the appropriate fee for a duplicate pocket license must accompany the notification.

Citations

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 671-3-.12

Ga. Code Ann. ยง 43-1-33


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