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Massachusetts Physical Therapy Assistants
Performance of Services by PTAs
What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating to a PTA?
Physical therapists must exercise their professional judgment when determining the number of supportive personnel they can safely and effectively supervise to ensure that quality care is provided at all times.
What type of therapist supervision is required?
A physical therapist must provide supervision to physical therapist assistants
Supervision: A process by which two or more people participate in joint effort to establish, maintain and elevate a level of performance. Supervision requires the physical presence of all parties at regularly scheduled supervision sessions. Supervision is structured according to the supervisee's qualifications, position, level of preparation, depth of experience and the environment within which the supervisee functions.
What is the ratio between supervising PTs and PTAs?
Licensed physical therapy personnel must provide adequate staff to patient ratio at all times to ensure the provision of safe, quality care
Responsibilities of PTA when Delegating/Supervising
Physical therapist assistants must exercise their professional judgment when determining the number of supportive personnel they can safely and effectively supervise to ensure that quality care is provided at all times.
A physical therapist assistant must provide direct supervision to the following persons rendering physical therapy services:
What must a PTA document?
A physical therapist, physical therapist student, physical therapist assistant and physical therapist assistant student providing physical therapy intervention(s) shall legibly document, date, and authenticate all care that is provided:
When care is rendered by a physical therapist assistant or physical therapist assistant student, the documentation shall be contained in the patient’s ongoing treatment note.
Physical therapist assistants are not required to have their documentation co-signed.
Physical therapist assistants shall use the initials PTA immediately after their name.
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