February Session, 2000
LCO No. 4844
REP. MURPHY, 81st Dist.
To: Subst. House Bill No. 5794
File No. 374
Cal. No. 317
"An Act Concerning Athletic Trainers And Physical Therapist Assistants."
In line 27, strike out "and"
After line 27, insert the following:
"(4) "Standing orders" means written protocols, recommendations and guidelines for treatment and care, furnished and signed by a health care provider specified under subdivision (1) of this section, to be followed in the practice of athletic training that may include, but not be limited to, (A) appropriate treatments for specific athletic injuries, (B) athletic injuries or other conditions requiring immediate referral to a licensed health care provider, and (C) appropriate conditions for the immediate referral to a licensed health care provider of injured athletes of a specified age or age group."
In line 28, strike out "(4)" and insert "(5)" in lieu thereof
In line 36, after "training" insert "under standing orders"
In line 39, strike out "seven" and insert "four" in lieu thereof
Strike out lines 46 to 56, inclusive, in their entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:
"(b) Each person who practices athletic training, but not under standing orders, may perform initial evaluation and temporary splinting and bracing of any athlete with an athletic injury and shall, without delay, make a written or oral referral of such athlete to a licensed health care provider. The limitations on the practice of athletic training set forth in this subsection shall not apply in the case of any athlete that is referred to such person by a licensed health care provider, provided such practice shall be limited to the scope of such referral."
In line 108, strike out "2000," and insert "2001," in lieu thereof
In line 126, after the period insert the following: "The commissioner shall administer the provisions of sections 1 to 6, inclusive, of this act within available appropriations."
In line 222, after "state" and before the semicolon insert "under the supervision of a physical therapist. For purposes of this subdivision and subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 20-73, as amended by this act, "supervision" means the overseeing of or the participation in the work of a physical therapist assistant by a licensed physical therapist, including, but not limited to: (A) Continuous availability of direct communication between the physical therapist assistant and a licensed physical therapist; (B) availability of a licensed physical therapist on a regularly scheduled basis to (i) review the practice of the physical therapist assistant, and (ii) support the physical therapist assistant in the performance of the physical therapist assistant's services; and (C) a predetermined plan for emergency situations, including the designation of an alternate licensed physical therapist in the absence of the regular licensed physical therapist"
In line 231, before "treatment" strike out "or" and insert "of" in lieu thereof
Strike out lines 251 to 255, inclusive, in their entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:
"(2) Any person who is a graduate of a physical therapy or physical therapy assistant program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy shall be eligible for"
In line 267, after the period insert the following: "Any applicant for examination for licensure as a physical therapy assistant whose application is based on a diploma issued to such applicant by a foreign physical therapy school shall furnish documentary evidence, satisfactory to the department, that the requirements for graduation are similar to or higher than those required of graduates of approved United States schools of physical therapy."
In line 277, after "school" insert "or an approved physical therapy school"
In line 323, after "unless" insert "such person is"
In line 324, after "chapter" and before the period insert "and is under the supervision of a physical therapist licensed pursuant to this chapter"
In line 417, before "No" insert "(a)"
After line 469, insert the following and renumber the remaining section accordingly:
"(b) The Commissioner of Public Health shall administer the provisions of this chapter with respect to the licensing of physical therapist assistants within available appropriations.
Sec. 18. Subdivision (5) of subsection (c) of section 19a-88 of the general statutes, as amended by section 4 of public act 99-249, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
(5) (A) Each person holding a license to practice physical therapy shall, annually, during the month of such person's birth, register with the Department of Public Health, upon payment of the professional services fee for class B, as defined in section 33-182l, on blanks to be furnished by the department for such purpose, giving such person's name in full, [with] such person's residence and business address and such other information as the department requests.
(B) Each person holding a physical therapist assistant license shall, annually, during the month of such person's birth, register with the Department of Public Health, upon payment of the professional services fee for class A, as defined in section 33-182l, on blanks to be furnished by the department for such purpose, giving such person's name in full, such person's residence and business address and such other information as the department requests."
After line 471, insert the following:
"Sec. 19. This act shall take effect the later of October 1, 2000, or on the date notice is published by the Commissioner of Public Health in the Connecticut Law Journal indicating that the licensing of athletic trainers and physical therapist assistants is being implemented by the Commissioner."