Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Community Integrated Health Care Services Licensing Task Force Public Notice -- October 25, 2016

The next meeting of the Community Integrated Health Care Services Licensing Task Force will be held Tuesday Oct. 25, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Dr. South
Building C, Room C1C/C1D
Denver, CO 80246

All meetings are open to the public.

Conference call-in number: 712-432- 3100, conference code: 
Adobe Connect: https://cdphe.adobeconnect.com/CIHCS

Agenda and additional information will be available on the CIHCS Google Drive folder prior to the meeting date. 

If you have any questions please contact Elaine McManis at: (303) 692-2886 or Crystal Cortes at: (303) 692-2443 or visit www.coems.info for more information.

DORA Physical Therapy Board Clarification re: Point-of-Care Finger Stick Testing

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), Physical Therapy Board, recently issued clarification regarding physical therapists' (PT) scope of practice. The Board clarified that PTs may conduct point-of-care finger stick testing, submit in-home tests and read the results.

The division became aware of the fact that some home care agency PTs were conducting PT/INR finger-stick tests (prothrombin time/international normalized ratio testing to measure the rate by which a patient's blood clots) using point-of-care, in-home testing kits. The division requested clarification from the State Physical Therapy Board that such care was within a PT's scope of practice. The issue was brought before the Board on July 8, 2016. The Board issued written clarification to the Division that PTs may conduct point-of-care finger stick testing, read the results and notify the appropriate medical provider of the results. The Board further clarified that PTs may not draw blood for lab testing, receive adjusted dosage orders or administer new doses to consumers.

Physical therapy licensing services, laws, rules and policies, Board meeting minutes as well as other resources may be accessed on the State Physical Therapy Board website at:https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Physical_Therapy

The State Physical Therapy Board may be contacted directly at:

State Physical Therapy Board
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-7800 
| Fax: 303-894-7764 | Email: dora_physicaltherapyboard@state.co.us

Amendment to Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) process

The Division IDR policy has been amended to require that providers submit only one copy of an IDR request. This copy must be redacted to remove the provider's name, resident names and any other protected health information. The request must include a cover letter, identifying the provider and the individual the Division may contact if there are questions about the request. 

This change, and details about the required information in the IDR request, will be included in the IDR instructions enclosed with the provider's notice/enforcement letter and deficiency list. To view the IDR instructions (the amended submission requirements are set forth in red text) go to:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0ByqZDBabyNVSNEg2TE96VVZsSzQ?usp=sharing

Please contact Elaine Sabyan at 303.692.2815 if you have any questions.