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Georgia PT/OT Telehealth

April 18, 2020

Emergency Orders

Medicaid Expansion of Telehealth Services

Medicaid

Georgia Medicaid Expansion of PT/OT Telehealth Services

Physical Therapy

The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the practice of telerehabilitation (telehealth) by the spectrum of technologies involving interactive telehealth.

Telehealth has been defined as the use of electronic communications to provide and deliver a host of health related information and health care services including, but not limited to physical therapy related information and services, over large and small distances. Telehealth encompasses a variety of health care and health promotion activities including, but not limited to, education, advice, reminders, interventions, and monitoring of interventions.

  • All provisions of Physical Therapy utilizing telehealth mechanisms must conform to all statutes, rules and policies governing the practice of physical therapy in the State of Georgia.
  • With the exception of part(c), individuals providing physical therapy via telehealth to a patient/client in the State of Georgia must be licensed in the State of Georgia.
  • A physical therapist that is licensed in another jurisdiction of the United States may provide a consultation via telehealth to a physical therapist in the state of Georgia.

The purpose of this rule is to define and establish guidelines for the practice of telehealth by the spectrum of technologies involving interactive physical therapy services.

Telehealth has been defined as the use of electronic communications to provide and deliver a host of health related information and health care services including, but not limited to physical therapy related information and services, over large and small distances. Telehealth encompasses a variety of health care and health promotion activities including, but not limited to, education, advice, reminders, interventions, and monitoring of interventions. All provisions of Physical Therapy utilizing telehealth mechanisms must:

  • Conform to all Federal and State statutes, rules, regulations and policies governing the practice of physical therapy in the State of Georgia.
  • With the exception of practices and services identified in O.C.G.A. § 43-33-11(d), individuals providing physical therapy via telehealth to a patient/client in the State of Georgia must be licensed in the State of Georgia.
  • A physical therapist that is licensed in another jurisdiction of the United States may provide a consultation via telehealth to a physical therapist in the state of Georgia.

Reference

Policy #16 Telehealth

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 490-9-.06

Occupational Therapy

"Telehealth" means the application of evaluative, consultative, preventative, and therapeutic services delivered through telecommunication and information technologies by licensed occupational therapy practitioners. This may include, but shall not be limited to, telemedicine, telepractice, telecare, telerehabilitation, and e‐health services.

Reference

Ga. Stat. § 43‐28‐3


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