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North Dakota PT/OT Telehealth

April 8, 2020

Emergency Orders

North Dakota (ND) Medicaid: COVID-19 Temporary Telehealth Policy

Physical Therapy

"Telehealth" is the use of electronic communications to provide and deliver health-related information and health care services, including physical therapy-related information and services, over any distance. Telehealth encompasses health care and health promotion activities, including education, advice, reminders, interventions, and the monitoring of interventions.

The physical therapist may use telehealth technology as a vehicle for providing only services that are legally or professionally authorized. The patient’s written or verbal consent will be obtained and documented prior to such consultation.


ND Admin. Code 61.5-01-02-01

Occupational Therapy

The practice of occupational therapy means the therapeutic use of occupations, including everyday life activities with individuals, groups, populations, or organizations to support participation, performance, and function in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings. Occupational therapy services are provided for habilitation, rehabilitation, and the promotion of health and wellness, including methods delivered via telerehabilitation to those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory-perceptual, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts and environments to support engagement in occupations that affect physical and mental health, well-being, and quality of life.


ND Admin. Code 55.5-03-01-03

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