Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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