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Georgia Physical Therapy Responsibilities and Delegation

What are the responsibilities of PTs under the act?

A physical therapist is fully responsible for managing all aspects of the physical therapy care of each patient. A physical therapist shall provide:
  • The initial evaluation, determination of physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of intervention and documentation of the initial evaluation;
  • Periodic reevaluation and documentation of findings for each patient; and
  • The documented episode of care for each patient, including the patient's response to the plan of intervention at the time of completion of the episode of care;
  • For each patient on each date of service, a physical therapist shall provide all of the intervention that requires the education, skills, knowledge, and abilities of a physical therapist;
  • A physical therapist shall communicate the overall plan of care with the patient or the patient's legally authorized representative;
  • A physical therapist's responsibility shall include accurate documentation and billing of the services provided;
  • A physical therapist shall adhere to the recognized standards for professional conduct and code of ethics of the physical therapy profession; and
  • A physical therapist shall ensure that he or she has liability coverage either independently or provided by the entity by which he or she is employed.

      General Responsibilities when Supervising/Delegating

      A physical therapist shall assure the qualifications of all physical therapist assistants and physical therapy aides under his or her direction and supervision.

      A physical therapist shall determine the use of physical therapist assistants and physical therapy aides to ensure the delivery of care that is safe, effective, and efficient. A physical therapist may use physical therapy aides for designated routine tasks. A physical therapy aide shall work under the supervision of a physical therapist.


      O.C.G.A ยง 43-33-18

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