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Washington PT/OT Telehealth
April 4, 2020
Licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants may provide physical therapy via telehealth following all requirements for standard of care, including those defined in chapter 18.74 RCW and this chapter.
The physical therapist or physical therapist assistant shall identify in the clinical record that the physical therapy occurred via telehealth.
"Telehealth" means providing physical therapy via electronic communication where the physical therapist or physical therapist assistant and the patient are not at the same physical location.
"Electronic communication" means the use of interactive, secure multimedia equipment that includes, at a minimum, audio and video equipment permitting two-way, real time interactive communication between the physical therapist or the physical therapist assistant and the patient.
"Telehealth" means providing occupational therapy via electronic communication where the occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant and the patient are not at the same physical location.
An occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant using telehealth to provide therapy to patients in Washington must be licensed to provide occupational therapy in Washington.
Licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants may provide occupational therapy via telehealth following all requirements for supervision and standard of care, including those defined in chapters 18.59 RCW and 246-847 WAC.
The occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant must identify in the clinical record that the occupational therapy occurred via telehealth.