Rules Updates

OTPTAT Board Administrative Rules

Ohio law, also known as the Ohio Revised Code, is amplified by administrative rules created by state agencies. The rules for the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board may be found here:

OTPTAT Guide to Rulemaking

OTPTAT rules

 

Any person may comment on on OTPTAT Board rules at any time by simply sending an email to Rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Please include your name, email, and the rule number on which you are commenting.

 

Register of Ohio

The Register of Ohio is the official repository of rules filed with JCARR. This website contains the official text of the proposed changes, as well as the "Rule Summary and Fiscal Analysis" for each rule filed by the Board.

Business Impact Analysis - Common Sense Initiative 

A state rule-making agency may propose to adopt a new rule, amend, or rescind an existing rule, or propose to continue a rule without any changes. Executive Order 2011-01K and sections 107.62 and 121.82 of the Ohio Revised Code require state agencies to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the  business community, and provide an opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the proposed rules. The Business Impact Analysis for proposed rules discusses the purpose of the rule and identifies the nature of the adverse impact on licensees. The Common Sense Initiative review must be complete before the rules can begin the formal rule-making process through the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).

Rules Under Review

The Athletic Trainers Section of the OTPTAT Board seeks your comments and feedback on the following proposed rules which are being submitted to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. These rules are being proposed for change as a result of the passage of House Bill 176 (Carfagna, Hall), which amends the Athletic Training practice act for Ohio effective January 25, 2022. In short, the amended language will allow an athletic trainer to enter into a collaboration agreement with a physician. Under this collaboration agreement, the athletic trainer may practice under an expanded scope, if they have the training and knowledge to do so and if addressed in the collaboration agreement. Provisions of the law pertaining to ATs practicing without a collaboration agreement remain unchanged. You can read more information about the changes at this link, including guidance from the OTPTAT Board’s AT Section.

Please review the language of the rules below by clicking on the link. Submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through May 25, 2022.

Rule Number

Title

Summary of Changes

4755-41-04

Scope of Practice

This new rule defines the scope of practice for those practicing with a collaboration agreement with a physician versus those who are not.

4755-42-02

4755-42-02

Referring Practitioner

House Bill 176 makes changes to the list of referring practitioners to explicitly refer to other athletic trainers, physician assistants, and certified nurse practitioners. This rule has been updated with those changes. This rule is being rescinded and replaced due to the number of changes for clarity reasons.

4755-43-11

Approval of an event

Corrects a cross reference that has changed as a result of House Bill 176.

 

4755-46-02

Athletic Training Students

Changes include:

  1. Clarifying changes to the definition of a student.
  2. A provision requiring an athletic trainer who is supervising a student athletic trainer to be able to demonstrate knowledge and competency in any procedure or services delegated to the student.

 

The Occupational Therapy Section seeks your comments and feedback on the following proposed rules which is being submitted to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. Please review the language of the rules below  by clicking on the link. Submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through May 25, 2022.

Rule Number

Title

Summary of Changes

4755-7-04

Supervision

Makes changes to the qualifications needed to supervise students for fieldwork. These changes more closely align with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) standards for program accreditation.

1. A level I fieldwork student OT or OTA may be supervised according to program requirements per the ACOTE standards. Previously the rule required supervision by an OT or OTA with one year experience.

2. A level II fieldwork OT student must be supervised by an OT with at least one year of professional practice.

3. A level II fieldwork OTA student must be supervised by an OT or an OTA with at least one year of professional practice.

 

The OTPTAT Board seeks your comments and feedback on the following proposed rules which is being submitted to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. Please review the language of the rules below  by clicking on the link. Submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through May 25, 2022.

Rule Number

Title

Summary of Changes

4755-65-01 Continuing education requirements and reporting Adds an exemption from continuing education requirements for license holders' first renewal, identical to the exemption for the other OTPTAT Board license holders. 
4755-62-01 Definition of terms Eliminates references to "good moral character" as a term for initial licensure per the passage of House Bill 263. Initial applicants will still undergo a BCI/FBI background check.
4755-63-06 Temporary license application procedure
4755-63-01 Applications for initial licensure by examination

 

The Physical Therapy Section seeks your comments and feedback on the following proposed rule which is being submitted to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. Please review the language of the rules below  by clicking on the link. Submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through May 25, 2022.

Rule Number

Title

Summary of Changes

4755-23-08

Continuing Education

Changes to this rule include:

1. A restatement of the statutory exemption from continuing education requirements for first time renewals. (ORC 4755.51 and 4755.511)

2. Continuing education requirements for a license reinstated for twelve months or less are reduced by half. Reinstatements must show full compliance with continuing education in order to make the license active again. Requiring an additional full continuing education requirement with less than a year left before renewal is burdensome. This change is intended to reduce that burden.

3. Restates the statutory allowance for ten hours of continuing education for a published article or book, per renewal period.

4. Allows for six hours of continuing education for Hand Therapy Certification Commission recertification in the year that it occurs.

 

The Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Sections of the OTPTAT Board seek your comments and feedback on the following proposed rules which are being submitted  to the Common Sense Initiative. These new rules are being proposed as a result of the passage of House Bill 122 (Fraizer, Holmes), which sets forth the provision of telehealth services effective March 23, 2022. In short, the bill will permit specified health care professionals to provide telehealth services and require telehealth services to be provided according to specified conditions and standards. The bill also sets forth insurance and Medicaid coverage of telehealth services. 

Please review the language of the rules below by clicking on the link to open a pdf version of the rules. Submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov and csipubliccomments@governor.ohio.gov. Include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through May 6, 2022.

Rule Number

Title

Summary of Changes

Business Impact Analysis

4755-7-05

Telehealth

This rule reiterates the conditions of standards for providing telehealth contained in House Bill 122. Aside from the provisions of HB 122, the OT Section has added the following requirements:

  • The licensee must verify the identity and physical location of the patient or client at the beginning of the telehealth visit. This requirement will protect the public by ensuring that the OT or OTA know where to call emergency services should they be needed during the telehealth session. It will also assist OT and OTA personnel with abiding by licensure requirements should treatment occur across state lines.
  • Reiterates that if a patient or client is located in Ohio, the OT or OTA must have an Ohio license or privilege to practice in Ohio via the OT Compact. 
4755-27-09 Telehealth

This rule reiterates the conditions of standards for providing telehealth contained in House Bill 122. Aside from the provisions of HB 122, the PT Section has added the following requirements:

  • The licensee must verify the identity and physical location of the patient or client at the beginning of the telehealth visit. This requirement will protect the public by ensuring that the PT or PTA know where to call emergency services should they be needed during the telehealth session. It will also assist PT and PTA personnel with abiding by licensure requirements should treatment occur across state lines.
  • Reiterates that if a patient or client is located in Ohio, the PT or PTA must have an Ohio license or privilege to practice in Ohio via the PT Compact. 

 

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