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Frequently Asked Practice Questions

Physical Therapist Assistant Supervision

Observation of physical therapist assistants is addressed in 148.706, subdivision 3 of MN state statute and reads as follow:

"Subd.3 Observation of physical therapist assistants. When components of a patient’s treatment are delegated to a physical therapist assistant, a physical therapist must provide on-site observation of the treatment and documentation of its appropriateness, at least every six treatment sessions. The physical therapist is not required to be on site, but must be easily available by telecommunications."

MNPTA is not able to interpret what this language means for your practice.

Medical Assistance Prior Authorization

The temporary exemption of the statutory authorization requirement for rehabilitative services has been extended to October 1, 2013. Updated information on prior authorization requirements will be provided on our Legislative and Practice New page.

Workers Compensation

APTA provides extensive collection of resources addressing workers' compensation regulations in Minnesota. You can view this resource on APTA's website after logging in in as a member.

Dry Needling

MNPTA does not have an official stance on the practice of dry needling. APTA has complied a comprehensive educational resource paper addressing dry needling, which is available to download.

Improper Use of the Term Physical Therapy or Physical Therapist

If you see what you believe to be an improper use of the terms physical therapy or physical therapist please contact the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy.


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