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Georgia PT Responsibilities and Delegation

Which services can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist?

The PT is fully responsible for managing all aspects of the physical therapy care of each patient. The PT 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.

The PT shall communicate the overall plan of care with the patient or the patient's legally authorized representative.

What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating?

A PT shall assure the qualifications of all PTAs and aides under his or her direction and supervision.

The primary responsibility for physical therapy care assisted by supportive personnel rests with the supervising physical therapist. Adequate supervision requires, at a minimum, that a supervising physical therapist perform the following activities:

    • Establish effective channels of written and oral communication;
    • Interpret and communicate critical information about the patient to the supportive personnel;
    • Perform an initial evaluation of the patient;
    • Develop a plan of care, including short and long-term goals;
    • Delegate appropriate tasks to supportive personnel;
    • Assess the supportive personnel's competence to perform assigned tasks;
    • Provide supervision in accordance with the law, the patient's condition, and the specific situation;
    • Identify and document precautions, special programs, contraindications, goals, anticipated progress, and plans for re-evaluation;
    • Re-evaluate the patient, modify the plan of care when necessary, perform the final evaluation, and establish a follow-up plan.

Reference

Ga. Code Ann. § 43‐33‐18

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 490-9-.02

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