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GA State Board of Physical Therapy Rules Part 2

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yes
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Can an applicant who fails the examination on the first attempt submit a re-examination application to the Board to be made eligible to test a second time?
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1. Copy of his/her “Examination Performance Feedback Report” obtained from FSBPT and pay all costs associated w/acquiring the report 2. A remediation plan addressing weakness/failure 3. Proof of satisfactory completion of such remediation plan
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An applicant who fails the examination on the second attempt must submit the following before being made eligible to test a third time:
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submit a remediation plan as before, and remediation plan must e approved by the Board prior to the applicant’s beginning or initiating the plan. (An applicant may be approved to take the exam only after proof of satisfactory completion of the approved plan has been submitted)
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An applicant who fails the exam 3 or more times must submit what?
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yes
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Can an applicant who has been refused examination have a hearing before the Board?
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by December 31st of odd years
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Every licensed PT and PTA shall BIENNIALLY apply to Board for renew of his/her license, submit proof of CEUs, and pay a renewal fee by what date?
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a late fee
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A license not renewed on or before December 31st shall be assessed a _____.
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February 28th
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A license that is not renewed on or before _________ of the following renewal year shall lapse and be of no force and effect, and shall by operation of the law be revoked.
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1. Orientation and in-service programs 2. Meetings for purposes of policy decisions 3. Non-educational meeting at annual association, chapter or organization meetings 4. Entertainment or recreational meeting or activities 5. Committee meetings, holdings of offices, serving as an organization delegate 6. Visiting exhibits 7. CPR
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Unacceptable activities for CEU’s include, but are not limited to:
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biennium
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Continuing competence requirements shall apply within the first _____ that a PT/PTA is licensed in GA.
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exempt
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However, licensees who have graduated during the current renewal biennium and who have passed the National Physical Therapy Examination are _____ from the continuing competence requirement during the biennium in which they have graduated and successfully passed the exam.
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six months
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Individuals licensed during the last ___ months of a biennium renewal period will not be required to meet continuing competence requirements for that biennium.
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reinstated
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Individuals who have been ____ within the last 6 months of a biennium renewal period may use the continuing competence coursework used for reinstatement, thereby making them exempt from the requirement for that biennium renewal period.
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Verification of Continuing Competence form AND documentation of compliance upon receipt of notice
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Those licensees selected for audit shall submit what 2 things upon receipt of notice.
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1. An official program or outline of the course 2. A certificate or verification of competition of home study 3. Verification of peer review of practice w/verification of acceptable practice by a recognized entity
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3 Acceptable documentations for audit are:
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1. Maintain the documents in number 5 (individuals licensed during the last six months of a biennium) above for no less than 3 years from the beginning date of the licensure period 2. To submit a properly completed and notarized “Verification of Competence Education” form to GA State Board of PT, if audited 3. Complete all steps necessary to meet the re-licensure requirements on or before Oct. 31st, of odd numbered years 4. Provide Board w/info requested during audit 5. Keep a current mailing address on file w/Licensing Board office at all times
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Responsibilities of Licensee include:
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filing an application for inactive status and paying the appropriate fee
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Any licensee who is no longer practicing as a PT or PTA in the State of GA may request an inactive license status by doing what?
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No
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Can an individual holding inactive status practice as a PT or work as a PTA within the state of GA?
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no
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Is an individual holding inactive status subject to biannual renewal fees or continuing competence?
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No
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Can an individual whose license is under any sanction transfer to inactive status while sanctions are in effect?
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submitting an application for reinstatement, pay appropriate fee, and required to meet other requirements
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An individual holding inactive status may return to active status by?
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50%
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A licensed PT shall be present in the same institutional setting ___% of any work week or portion thereof that the assistant is on duty, and shall be readily available to the assistant at all other times for advise, assistance, and instruction.
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nursing home, acute hospital, convalescent hospital, rehabilitation center, other in-pt facility by any other name and out-pt clinic which include private office
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Examples of an “Institutional Setting” is/are:
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1. perform initial eval to establish diagnosis, treatment goals, frequency, duration, and plan of care 2. meet w/the assistant no less than ONCE weekly to review pts being treated 3. document all meetings with the assistant and subsequent decisions 4. make on on-site visit to each pt being treated by the assistant as appropriate based on the need to alter the treatment plan and NO LESS than EVERY 6TH visit. 5. document the on-site visit, changes in the treatment plan, and communication to the assistant 6. be available to the assistant at all times for advice, assistance, and instructions
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The licensed PT in the HOME HEALTH setting responsible for the pt shall supervise the PTA working with the pt and shall:
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1. perform all PT evaluations to develop or amen physical therapy interventions stated on the student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) 2. make an on-site visit to each student schedule for direct weekly services from the PTA no less than every 4TH scheduled week, and no less than once every 3 MONTHS for students who are scheduled w/the PTA once monthly or less. 3. document the on-site visit including status of case(s), program or services status or change and indicate instructions given to the PTA 4. Interact w/the PTA in appropriate ways ways specific to the goals & objectives stated in the IEP 5. be available to PTA at all times for advise, assistance, and instructions
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A licensed PT shall be designated as the PTA’s supervisor in the SCHOOL setting and shall:
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1. Evaluate each pt 2. Plan each pt’s treatment program & determine which elements thereof can be delegated to PTA 3. Provide periodic reevaluation of trx program & PTA’s performance in relation to the pt 4. Perform & record an evaluation of the pt and his response to trx at the termination thereof 5. Interact w/the PTA in appropriate ways specific to the plan of care of the pt’s being treated by the PTA
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Adequate supervision by a licensed PT shall including the following:
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yes
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Will the GA State Board of PT verify licensure and provide examination scores, when applicable, to another state upon receiving written request from the applicant accompanied by the ascribed fee?
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No
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Does a physical therapy aide require technical training through a formal course of study?
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Physical Therapy aide
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A physical therapy _____ must have direct supervision on the premises at all times when providing supportive activities.
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direct supervision
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What means on the premises and immediately available at all times?
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on the premises
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_____ means the immediate area of the pt.
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Treatment documentation
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defined for purposes of this Rule as the creation, generation, composition of any pt care report and shall include but not be limited to pt evaluations, assessment, plans of care, goals, progress notes, consultation reports, discharge summaries and any other written materials related to pt management.
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1. Clerical tasks excluding treatment documentation 2. transporting pts 3. assembling & disassembling equipment in treatment tasks 4. housekeeping activities
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Physical therapy aides may perform the following tasks:
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yes
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Can physical therapy aides provide supportive activities to pt care at the discretion of the licensee as long as they have direct supervision?
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1. assisting a pt in preparation for trx by a licensee 2. assisting a pt after cessation of trx by a licensee 3. assisting the licensee during trx provided by the licensee
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Supportive activities include:
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providers
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Licensed PT and PTA’s are the only ____ of physical therapy.
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1. Act with consideration, within the scope of physical therapy, for the rights & dignity of individuals 2. Comply w/laws & regulations governing the practice of physical therapy in the state of GA 3. Accept responsibility for the exercise of sound judgement 4. Seek remuneration for heir services that is deserved & reasonable 5. Provide accurate information to the consumer about the profession & services provided 6. Accept the responsibility to protect the public and the profession from unethical, incompetent, or illegal acts
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Principles of Conduct for Licensed PT’s and PTA’s:
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1. Failing to adhere to the Code of Ethics for PT’s and PTA’s 2. Delegating to an aide or unlicensed person any physical therapy task other than thosecodified 3. Failing to provide continuous, immediate and physically present supervision of the aide/unlicensed person when designated tasks are performed 4. Performing the technique of dry needling without having met the training & competency requirements 5. Failing to provide an evaluation on each pt and establishing a physical therapy diagnosis 6. Failing to formulate & record in the pt’s record at trx program based upon the evaluation & any other info available 7. Failing to perform periodic evaluation of the pt & documenting the evaluations in the pt’s record & to make adjustments to the pt’s trx program as progress warrants 8. Failing to formulate & record a pt’s discharge plan 9. Directly or indirectly requesting, receiving or participating int eh division, transferring, assigning, rebating or refunding of fees or remuneration earned, in cash or kin, for bringing or referring a pt
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Unethical & unprofessional conduct include:
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physical therapist
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Dry needling must be directly performed by a licensed _____ that is specifically trained & competent by virtue of education & training to perform dry needling.
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No
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Is online study for dry needling instruction considered appropriate training?
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1. Proof of education in the OSHA blood Borne Pathogens Standard and 2. at least one of the following: A. Graduation from an entry-level physical therapy program that included dry needling instruction consisting of a minimum of 50hrs total & competency assessment & achievement in its curriculum B. Graduation from a post-graduate credentialed residency or fellowship program of study that included dry needling instruction consisting of a minimum of 50hrs total & competency assessment & achievement in its curriculum C. Documented successful completion of a didactic dry needling course of study consisting of a minimum of 50hrs total & competency assessment & achievement in its curriculum
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The following requirements must be met in order to perform dry needling:
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Preventative services
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A licensed PT or a licensed PTA under the supervision of an appropriately licensed PT may perform _______ services that are not considered “implementing a program of physical therapy treatment without consultation.”
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Consultation
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What means provision of professional advice?
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Appropriate Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts
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What means any health care provider who is licensed in the State to diagnosed & trx individuals w/physical therapy or mental disability or functional limitations at issue, and operating within the scope of practice.
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1. Physical condition of the pt 2. Nature of the ailment 3. Extent to which the consulting practitioner has knowledge of the pt’s history & condition such that an informed judgement can be made concerning course of treatment
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For purposes of determining whether a licensed practitioner is appropriate, the physical therapist shall consider, but not be limited to, the following factors:
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implementing a program of physical therapy treatment
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Physical therapists shall document the consultation with the appropriate licensed practitioner of healing arts prior to what?