Authorizes treatment of workers' compensation injuries by an occupational therapy assistant.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to authorizing treatment of workers' compensation injuries by an occupational therapy assistant
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill allows occupational therapist assistants to provide care to workers' compensation patients.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Amends paragraph (e) of subdivision 1 of section 13-b of the workers' compensation law to allow occupational therapy assistants registered with the state education department to render care for occupational therapy when authorized by a prescription or referral of an authorized physician.
Occupational therapy assistants must meet stringent educational and experience requirements in order to be registered by the State Education. Occupational therapy assistants provide a valuable service and work collaboratively under licensed occupational therapists. Unfortunately, workers' compensation patients cannot receive care from an occupational therapy assistant under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist. This bill would allow workers' compensation patients to receive care from an occupational therapy assistant that is registered with the state education department.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2013-14 Sessions: S. 6996 - referred to Labor
This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3964 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 24, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor AN ACT to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to authoriz- ing treatment of workers' compensation injuries by an occupational therapy assistant THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (e) of subdivision 1 of section 13-b of the work- ers' compensation law, as amended by chapter 473 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows: (e) Upon the prescription or referral of an authorized physician occu- pational therapy care may be rendered by a duly licensed occupational therapist OR BY AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT REGISTERED WITH THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. Where occupational therapy care is rendered records of the patient's condition and progress, together with records of instruction for treatment, if any shall be maintained by the occupa- tional therapist and physician. Said records shall be submitted to the chair on forms and at such times as the chair may require. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02942-01-5