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  1. Christina Lewis says

    Can PTAs/COTAs write elements of the Clinician’s Progress Note? Subjective comments and objective measurements?

  2. James Riley says

    Can you confirm that the PTA/COTA is able to take measurements such as ROM, Strength, etc. (“elements of the progress report dated between clinician reports”) and then the therapist create the progress report utilizing these measurements?

    • Rick Gawenda says

      An assistant can perform ROM measurements and MMT. Please read the section highlighted in the article for all the progress report requirements.

  3. orlando sendon says

    Are COTA/PTA allowed to write DC recommendations? Are they able to clear an acute care inpatient for discharge if goals set by the OT/PT are met? This is in particular for the state of Florida.
    Thank you

    • Rick Gawenda says

      You would need to check the Florida state practice act for PT and OT to see what they are or are not allowed to do.

  4. Kevin Lacey says

    Thank you this is very helpful. Do you know if the PTA is able to sign a daily treatment note in the state of Michigan, or per Medicare guidelines. I tend to stick with Medicare ruling.

    • Rick Gawenda says

      The Medicare program does not require notes written by a PTA or an OTA. You also have to check your state practice act. If your practice act requires it, then that is more restrictive than the Medicare program and you must then follow your state practice act.

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