State Physical Therapy Board: News


Physical Therapy Compact Commission Rulemaking Notice

The Physical Therapy Compact Commission is requesting public comment on the following draft Rules. Pursuant to Section 9 of the Physical Therapy Compact, the Commission is required to post this Notice at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting at which the Rules will be considered and voted upon by the Commission.

Summary of Proposed Rules or Amendment to Existing Rules

The draft rules facilitate the general operation of the Physical Therapy Compact Commission in order to fulfill the objectives of the Compact, through a means of joint cooperative action among the Member States.

Draft of the Rule Language

Download the Notice and Draft Rules.

Meeting Date, Time, and Location

The Physical Therapy Compact Commission will consider and vote on the adoption of the attached draft rules at its public meeting on November 5, 2017.

  • November 5, 2017 at 8 a.m. (MT)
  • Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa
    1300 Tuyana Trail
    Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, 87004

Deadline and Written Comments Process

Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. (ET) on October 27, 2017. All comments or intentions to attend the Commission meeting should be submitted electronically by the deadline to info@ptcompact.org. All comments must be provided in a single file and must include the name of the submitter, any organization the submitter represents, and the rule number(s) the comments address. If electronic submission of comments is not feasible, please contact the PT Compact Commission using the contact information below for special instructions.

Requests for Public Hearing

Pursuant to Section 9 of the Physical Therapy Compact, the PT Compact Commission shall hold a public hearing on the proposed rules changes if a hearing is requested by:

  1. At least twenty-five (25) persons;
  2. A state or federal governmental subdivision or agency; or
  3. An association having at least twenty-five (25) members.

If one of the three standards above is met, the Commission will hold a hearing on the proposed rules at its public meeting on November 5, 2017. The meeting will take place at 8 a.m. (MT) at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, 1300 Tuyana Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, 87004.

All requests for a public hearing must be submitted electronically to info@ptcompact.org by 5 p.m. (ET) on October 27, 2017

Contact

For further information, contact T.J. Cantwell, Compact Administrator, by email at administrator@ptcompact.org or by telephone at 703-299-3100 ext. 261.


Law Affects Physical Therapists

On June 1, 2016, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-158 Concerning the Ability of a Physician Assistant to Perform Functions Delegated by a Physician that are within the Physician Assistant’s Scope of Practice. The bill clarifies and expands the duties that a physician may delegate to a physician assistant within his or her Scope of Practice. It is effective August 10, 2016.

Specific to physical therapists, the new law amends section 12-41-113(3), C.R.S., which gives a physical therapist the authority to perform wound debridement under a physician’s order when such debridement is consistent with the scope of physical therapy practice. The bill adds physician assistants as a second provider who can order wound debridement to be performed by a physical therapist. Physical therapists can now perform wound debridement under a physician’s or a physician assistant’s order.

If you have questions, please contact the Board at dora_physicaltherapyboard@state.co.us.


Continuing Competency Required

Senate Bill 11-169 requires Colorado licensed physical therapists to demonstrate continuing competency (CC) in order to renew or reinstate a license.

  • Physical therapist assistants are not required to participate.
  • Physical therapists will begin participating on November 1, 2014, after renewing a license.
  • CC requirements must be met prior to renewing a license in 2016.

You May be a Mandatory Reporter

On May 16, 2013, Senate Bill 12-111 was signed by the Governor requiring the mandatory reporting of the abuse of at-risk adults. This law was further modified in 2014 and signed by the Governor on April 7, 2014 via Senate Bill 14-098. This law requires that beginning on July 1, 2014 all individuals listed as mandatory reporters must report suspected physical or sexual abuse, exploitation, and caretaker neglect to law enforcement within 24 hours of the observation of the mistreatment.

Further information and the list of mandatory reporters can be found on the Colorado Department of Human Services web site to include an online training on the reporting requirement.


Colorado is a Direct Access State

Colorado is a direct access state, which means that obtaining a referral by a physician or other health care provider for physical therapy treatment is not necessary in order to receive care from a licensed physical therapist.