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Montana PT/OT Telehealth
April 6, 2020
Interstate Licensure Registration
As authorized by 10-3-118 MCA, and Governor Steve Bullock’s directive, The Montana Department of Labor and Industry has implemented an interstate licensure registration for out of state licensees in response to COVID-19. Licensed professionals from out of state can register in Montana to work for a defined period of time. We will evaluate your home state license according to licensing regulation in Montana, to verify it is currently active, unrestricted, and in good standing, and issue you a registration to work in Montana. If you are looking to work in Montana longer than the current state of emergency is in effect, please also submit a full application through our regular online process.
"Physical therapy" means the evaluation, treatment, and instruction of human beings, in person or through telemedicine, to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate, and limit physical disability, bodily malfunction and pain, injury, and any bodily or mental conditions by the use of therapeutic exercise, prescribed topical medications, and rehabilitative procedures for the purpose of preventing, correcting, or alleviating a physical or mental disability.
"Telemedicine" has the meaning provided in 33-22-138.
33-22-138. Coverage for telemedicine services.
(1) Each group or individual policy, certificate of disability insurance, subscriber contract, membership contract, or health care services agreement that provides coverage for health care services must provide coverage for health care services provided by a health care provider or health care facility by means of telemedicine if the services are otherwise covered by the policy, certificate, contract, or agreement.
(2) Coverage under this section must be equivalent to the coverage for services that are provided in person by a health care provider or health care facility.
(3) Nothing in this section may be construed to require:
(4) Coverage under this section may be subject to deductibles, coinsurance, and copayment provisions. Special deductible, coinsurance, copayment, or other limitations that are not generally applicable to other medical services covered under the plan may not be imposed on the coverage for services provided by means of telemedicine.
(5) This section does not apply to disability income, hospital indemnity, medicare supplement, specified disease, or long-term care policies.
(6) For the purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
Mont. Code Ann. § 33-22-138
1: I am currently licensed under the Montana Board of Occupational Therapy Practice. Am I allowed to conduct telepractice/telehealth in order to provide services to clients located in Montana?
Response 1: The board has no position at this time. The Governor’s Administration intends for the telehealth directive to be broadly applicable and construed. It will thus apply to ALL Montana licensed health care practitioners during the pendency of the emergency period Question
2: I am currently licensed under the Montana Board of Occupational Therapy Practice and I am going to be conducting telehealth/telepractice for the first time. Does the board have any training requirements or recommend any particular types of training so I have more information on how to practice telehealth while complying with all of the laws under this board?
Response 2: Staff and the board cannot give legal advice so we cannot recommend nor endorse any particular trainings or protocols/best practices. You might try contacting your state and/or national professional association(s) to see if they have any recommendations. As a licensee you are still held to all the other statutes and rules including ethics, unprofessional conduct, privacy, etc. regardless of the method you are using to deliver those services.