Permits an authorized physician to direct that physical therapy care may be rendered by a duly licensed physical therapist assistant.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to physical therapy care provided through the workers' compensation system
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow physical therapist assistants to provide care under the workers' compensation system.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 would allow physical therapist assistants to provide care in the workers' compensation system. Section 2 is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Physical therapists assistants play an integral role in the delivery of physical therapy care. The vast majority of payers cover the services rendered by physical therapist assistants in recognition of the skill and value of physical therapist assistants. The Workers' Compensation Law, however does not cover physical therapy care delivered by physical therapist assistants. To correct this oversight, this bill would include physical therapy care rendered by physical therapists as covered services under the Workers' Compensation System.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 60 days after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5005 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 2, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRIFFO -- 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 physical therapy care provided through the workers' compensation system THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (d) 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: (d) Upon the referral which may be directive as to treatment of an authorized physician physical therapy care may be rendered by a duly licensed physical therapist OR BY A CERTIFIED PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSIST- ANT. Where physical therapy care is rendered records of the patient's condition and progress, together with records of instruction for treat- ment, if any, shall be maintained by the physical therapist and physi- cian. Said records shall be submitted to the chair on such 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. LBD11130-01-1