Idaho Admin. Code r. 24.13.01.010 - DEFINITIONS

Current through August 30, 2021

01. Supportive Personnel. An individual, or individuals, who are neither a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant, but who are employed by and/or trained under the direction of a licensed physical therapist to perform designated non-treatment patient related tasks and routine physical therapy tasks. (7-1-21)T
02. Non-Treatment Patient Related Tasks. Actions and procedures related to patient care that do not involve direct patient treatment or direct personal supervision, but do require a level of supervision not less than general supervision, including, but not limited to: treatment area preparation and clean-up, equipment set-up, heat and cold pack preparation, preparation of a patient for treatment by a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, transportation of patients to and from treatment, and assistance to a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant when such assistance is requested by a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant when safety and effective treatment would so require. (7-1-21)T
03. Routine Physical Therapy Tasks. Actions and procedures within the scope of practice of physical therapy, which do not require the special skills or training of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, rendered directly to a patient by supportive personnel at the request of and under the direct personal supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. (7-1-21)T
04. Testing. (7-1-21)T
a. Standard methods and techniques used in the practice of physical therapy to gather data about individuals including: (7-1-21)T
i. Electrodiagnostic and electrophysiological measurements; (7-1-21)T
ii. Assessment or evaluation of muscle strength, force, endurance and tone; (7-1-21)T
iii. Reflexes; (7-1-21)T
iv. Automatic reactions; (7-1-21)T
v. Posture and body mechanics; (7-1-21)T
vi. Movement skill and accuracy; (7-1-21)T
vii. Joint range of motion and stability; (7-1-21)T
viii. Sensation; (7-1-21)T
ix. Perception; (7-1-21)T
x. Peripheral nerve function integrity; (7-1-21)T
xi. Locomotor skills; (7-1-21)T
xii. Fit, function and comfort of prosthetic, orthotic, and other assistive devices; (7-1-21)T
xiii. Limb volume, symmetry, length and circumference; (7-1-21)T
xiv. Clinical evaluation of cardiac and respiratory status to include adequacy of pulses, noninvasive assessment of peripheral circulation, thoracic excursion, vital capacity, and breathing patterns; (7-1-21)T
xv. Vital signs such as pulse, respiratory rate, and blood pressure; (7-1-21)T
xvi. Activities of daily living; and the physical environment of the home and work place; and (7-1-21)T
xvii. Pain patterns, localization and modifying factors; and (7-1-21)T
xviii. Photosensitivity. (7-1-21)T
b. Specifically excluded are the ordering of electromyographic study, electrocardiography, thermography, invasive vascular study, selective injection tests, or complex cardiac or respiratory function studies without consultation and direction of a physician. (7-1-21)T
05. Functional Mobility Training. Includes gait training, locomotion training, and posture training. (7-1-21)T
06. Manual Therapy. Skilled hand movements to mobilize or manipulate soft tissues and joints for the purpose of: (7-1-21)T
a. Modulating pain, increasing range of motion, reducing or eliminating soft tissue swelling, inflammation or restriction; (7-1-21)T
b. Inducing relaxation; (7-1-21)T
c. Improving contractile and non-contractile tissue extensibility; and (7-1-21)T
d. Improving pulmonary function. (7-1-21)T
07. Physical Agents or Modalities. Thermal, acoustic, radiant, mechanical, or electrical energy used to produce physiologic changes in tissues. (7-1-21)T
08. General Supervision. A physical therapist's availability at least by means of telecommunications, which does not require a physical therapist to be on the premises where physical therapy is being provided, for the direction of a physical therapist assistant. (7-1-21)T
09. Direct Supervision. A physical therapist's or physical therapist assistant's physical presence and availability to render direction in person and on the premises where physical therapy is being provided. (7-1-21)T
10. Direct Personal Supervision. A physical therapist's or physical therapist assistant's direct and continuous physical presence and availability to render direction, in person and on the premises where physical therapy is being provided. The physical therapist or physical therapist assistant must have direct contact with the patient during each session and assess patient response to delegated treatment. (7-1-21)T
11. Supervising Physical Therapist. A licensed physical therapist who developed and recorded the initial plan of care and/or who has maintained regular treatment sessions with a patient. Such physical therapist's designation of another licensed physical therapist if the physical therapist who developed and recorded the initial plan of care or maintained regular treatment sessions is not available to provide direction at least by means of telecommunications. (7-1-21)T
12. Nationally Accredited School. A school or course of physical therapy or physical therapist assistant with a curriculum approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) or an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, or a successor entity, or both. (7-1-21)T
13. Examination. The examination is the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) administered by Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. The examination may also include a jurisprudence examination adopted by the Board. (7-1-21)T

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