“I am pleased to see this piece of legislation signed into law,” said Rep. Kirchhofer. “This law updates and reflects the current practices for occupational therapists within organizations today while creating a better line of communication between professionals.”
This law will require an OT that evaluates a patient who has a condition that may need medical attention, to refer that patient to a qualified physician. This modernizes the law due to the vast cooperation that takes place between nurses, speech language pathologists (SLPs), and OTs to both diagnose and treat a patient. With the updated language, HEA 1045 will increase the collaboration between OTs and SLPs by allowing more open communication about educational and teaching techniques.
“The definition of occupational therapists has not been updated in 23 years. My goal was to bring the language up-to–date, so the medical workplace can become more connected, more efficient and ultimately lead to more personalized treatment plans. HEA 1045 will better align the OT practices with others across the country,” said Rep. Kirchhofer.