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Sunset Continue Physical Therapy Board Functions

Concerning the continuation of the physical therapy board, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2017 sunset review and report by the department of regulatory agencies.
2018 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance

Sunset Process - House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies in its sunset review and report concerning the 'Physical Therapy Practice Act' as follows:

  • Extends the licensing of physical therapists and the certification of physical therapist assistants until 2027 ( sections 1 through 3 );
  • Clarifies that a physical therapist may make physical therapy diagnoses ( sections 5 and 7 );
  • Clarifies that a physical therapist's scope of practice includes the direct supervision of unlicensed physical therapists ( section 8 ); and
  • Adds as grounds for disciplinary action the failure to supervise physical therapist assistants; and the failure to report an adverse action, the surrender of a license, or other discipline taken in another jurisdiction ( section 10 ).

In addition, the bill:

  • Allows a physical therapist assistant to perform noninvasive wound debridement under the supervision of a physical therapist ( sections 11 and 13 );
  • Repeals some of elements of the continuing professional competency program for physical therapists ( section 9 ) and subjects physical therapist assistants to a continuing professional competency program ( section 12 );
  • Replaces a physical therapist member of the physical therapy board with a physical therapist assistant member ( section 6 ); and
  • Removes physical therapists practicing in Colorado pursuant to the 'Interstate Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Act' from the 'Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act of 2010' ( section 14 ).
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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