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Chapter 490-11 CONSULTATION

Rule 490-11-.01 Consultation

(1) For purposes of Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Section 43-33-18(a)(1):
(a) "Consultation" shall mean provision of professional advice;
(b) A "licensed practitioner of the healing arts" means any health practitioner who is licensed in the State to diagnose and treat individuals with the physical or mental disability or functional limitations at issue, and operating within the scope of practice defined in Title 43 Chapter 33.
(c) For purposes of determining whether a licensed practitioner is appropriate, the physical therapist shall consider, but not be limited to, the following factors:
1. Physical condition of the patient;
2. Nature of ailment;
3. Extent to which the consulting practitioner has knowledge of the patient's history and condition such that an informed judgment can be made concerning course of treatment.
(d) Physical therapists shall document the consultation with the appropriate licensed practitioner of the healing arts prior to implementing a program of physical therapy treatment.