2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 22, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be  committed  to  the  Committee  on  Labor  --  committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee
        AN  ACT to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to authoriz-
          ing treatment of workers' compensation  injuries  by  an  occupational
          therapy assistant or physical therapy assistant
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1.  Subdivision 2 of section 13-b of the workers' compensation
     2  law is amended by adding a new paragraph (b-1) to read as follows:
     3    (b-1) Under the direct supervision of an authorized occupational ther-
     4  apist, occupational therapy services may be rendered by an  occupational
     5  therapy  assistant.  Under the direct supervision of an authorized phys-
     6  ical therapist, physical therapy services may be rendered by a  physical
     7  therapist  assistant.  This  supervision  shall  be  evidenced by signed
     8  records  of  instructions  for  treatment  and  signed  records  of  the
     9  patient's  condition and progress.  Reports of such treatment and super-
    10  vision shall be made by  such  provider  to  the  chair  in  the  format
    11  prescribed by the chair at such times as the chair may require.
    12    §  2.  This  act  shall  take  effect on the same date and in the same
    13  manner as section 1 of part CC of chapter 55 of the laws of 2019,  takes
    14  effect.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.