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Off-Site Health Screenings by Assistants

Wednesday, May 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Off-Site Health Screenings by Assistants

 

Q.:  May a chiropractic assistant take blood pressure, use Myovision, scan for orthotics or perform other screening tasks in the community, such as at a health fair, without the doctor present?

 

A:  No.  The Medical Practice Act permits a physician to delegate patient care tasks to unlicensed personnel in an office or practice setting and within a physician-patient relationship.  Because off-site health fair screenings do not take place in the office setting, and usually do not involve the physician’s established patients, this arrangement does not meet the requirements of the Medical Practice Act.  However, within an office, a physician may delegate patient care tasks or duties to an unlicensed person who possesses appropriate training and experience, provided a health care professional, who is practicing within his or her legal scope, is on site to provide assistance.

 

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