Does anyone on this forum know of or has heard of the passage of RC 3-11??? As of July 2012 it will basically allow facilities to hire non-licensed personnel to perform the job of a PTA. Does anyone have any thoughts on this??
Joined: May 11, 2004
RC-11 basically allows physical therapists to determine the care provided and by who and eliminates the belief that physical therapy is provided by a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant. Physical therapy is care provided by a physical therapist and supervised by a physical therapist. This RC puts the control of the whole episode of care into the physical therapist's complete responsibility (the physical therapist has the license responsible for the care and should be able to determine who can do what with/for a patient).
Of course, every physical therapist needs to work within state practice acts... and of course, APTA screwed up years ago with the PT and PTA clause, so our wonderful federal government and Medicare have strict policies... and then some other third party payers adopted Medicare's rules.
This policy will allow for new clinical models to address an influx of people with physical therapy needs. Physical therapists may choose to delegate to nurses, medical assistants... And, it is known that this RC is safe because the military physical therapists have had this model of care for many, many years.
Joined: March 15, 2006
The way I read it, it has nothing to do with how we will actually practice. First and foremost, it is only an investigation of possible variations to the existing model of care. Second, it has no direct impact on state practice acts. Third, it has no direct impact on reimbursement and insurance company policies and procedures. I don't think it will amount to a hill of beans once it is all done.
The APTA may simply be mollifying the NATA since they have been pushing to get ATCs cleared to treat Medicare patients in the clinics. They are probably simply investigating whether or not it is a good idea.