Proposed Changes to the Rules Government Licensure, Certification & Practice of OTs and OTAs
Please be advised that the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners recently posted the attached proposed amendment to the Rules governing licensure, certification and practice of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in accordance with the Louisiana Administrative Procedures Act. The Rule has not gone into effect at this point, but rather the Board of Medical Examiners is asking for comment from the public before finalizing the Rule.
We appreciate the work of the Occupational Therapy Advisory Committee in proposing these changes to the Board of Medical Examiners, and we look forward to working with them in their implementation. These Rules are in compliance with both state and federal law, and have strengthened connections with AOTA standards and documents.
The proposed amendment is in accordance with the current Practice Act, and does not allow us to make changes that are not covered by the existing law. Many of the changes would be considered “housekeeping” items to update the rules and make technical modifications consistent with or made necessary by the passage of time and current practices of the Board. LOTA will submit their comments, including those submitted by its members, by the deadline of November 19th in order to provide feedback to the Board of Medical Examiners in a timely manner. We ask that our members review the rules and give us your feedback no later than Friday, November 7th, at 5:00 pm. (Note: The time has been extended based on information received from LSBME.)
We ask you to pay particular attention to the following changes, but we encourage you to read the entire document:
1) Page 2 – Section 1901 - Specifies that referrals or orders can be obtained from a physician, advanced practice RN, dentist, podiatrist or optometrist. This was added by statute several years ago, but was never included in the rules. Though LOTA would like to add additional referral sources, we will have to do that by going through the legislative process.
2) Page 7 – Section 1939 – This section changes the rule as it relates to the provisions relating to temporary and permanent licensure. According to Paragraph C, “An occupational therapy assistant holding a temporary license under this section shall be deemed to be satisfied by on premise direction and immediate supervision by a licensed occupational therapist for not less than 25 percent of the average weekly caseload.”
3) The rules reduce the number of CEU credits required per year from 15 to 12. Note, NBCOT still requires 36 for 3 years.
4) Page 20 – Section 4919 – Quality Assurance and Service Competency – “Any OT supervising an OTA must have performed and documented a service competency of the OTA. The OT must have previously evaluated and/or treated any client being seen by an occupational therapy assistant he or she is supervising.”
We urge you to review the entire document indicating the changes and provide specific suggestions and comments as it relates to your practice, reimbursement and setting.
Please forward your comments to Linda Alwood at LAlwood@aol.com no later than Friday, November 7th at 5:00 pm. This will give the board the opportunity to compile the information from our members and submit to the Board of Medical Examiners in a timely manner.
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