Can Assistants Write Discharge Reports?

August 29, 2023
Rick Gawenda

A question I am often asked is can a physical therapist assistant (PTA) or an occupational therapy assistant (OTA) write discharge reports on Medicare beneficiaries as well as patients with commercial or other insurance coverage? The answer to this question is

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  1. Not a simple question but can a PTA/COTA take final measurements and and objective testing results for the PT/OT with the PT/OT then completing the DC and co sign the Assistants entries.

    1. From a scope of practice standpoint, PTAs and OTAs can take measurements and do objective testing. How that data is incorporated into the DC report, I leave up to individual organizations to determine based on therapy state practice acts.