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49 Pa. Code § 42.25. Orders.

§ 42.25. Orders.

 (a)  Written orders. An occupational therapist shall accept a referral in the form of a written order from a licensed physician, licensed optometrist, licensed podiatrist, certified registered nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant.

 (b)  Oral orders.

   (1)  An occupational therapist may accept a referral in the form of an oral order if it is impractical for the licensed physician, licensed optometrist, licensed podiatrist, certified registered nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant to provide the order in writing.

   (2)  An occupational therapist receiving an oral order shall immediately transcribe the order in the patient’s medical record, including the date and time the order was received, and sign the medical record.

   (3)  The occupational therapist in a private office setting who has received an oral order shall obtain the countersignature of the licensed physician, licensed optometrist, licensed podiatrist, certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant who issued the order within 5 days of receiving the order.

   (4)  If the occupational therapist who receives an oral order provides services in a setting that is independent of the prescriber’s setting, the occupational therapist may accept the countersignature of the ordering licensed physician, licensed optometrist, licensed podiatrist, certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant on a written copy of the order that is mailed or faxed to the occupational therapist.

   (5)  If an occupational therapist provides services in a facility licensed by the Department of Health, the countersignature of the ordering licensed physician, licensed optometrist, licensed podiatrist, certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant shall be obtained in accordance with the applicable regulations of the Department of Health governing the facility, including 28 Pa. Code § §  211.3 and 601.31 (relating to oral and telephone orders; and acceptance of patients, plan of treatment and medical supervision).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  42.25 amended under section 5(b) of the Occupational Therapy Practice Act (63 P. S. §  1505(b)).

Source

   The provisions of this §  42.25 adopted May 26, 2000, effective May 27, 2000, 30 Pa.B. 2599; amended May 6, 2005, effective May 7, 2005, 35 Pa.B. 2750; amended August 17, 2007, effective August 18, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 4519; amended May 31, 2013, effective June 1, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 2991. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (329266).



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