HB 369-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 369-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. M. Pearson, Rock. 34; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17
COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration
This bill clarifies the use of ultrasound and electrical physical agent modalities by occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.
This bill is a request of the office of professional licensure and certification.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
7Apr2021... 0185h 21-0136
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
326-C:7 Rulemaking. The board shall adopt rules pursuant to RSA 541-A specifying:
I. [The physical agent modalities which may be applied as an adjunct to, or in preparation for, engagement in purposeful activities and occupations;
II. The eligibility requirements to be met by licensees seeking a certificate authorizing the application of physical agent modalities;
III. The documentation required by the board for the issuance of a certificate authorizing a licensee to apply physical agent modalities;
IV.] The requirements and use of occupational therapy techniques involving ultrasound or electrical physical agent modalities by occupational therapy practitioners;
II. The requirements for supervision of licensed occupational therapy assistants by licensed occupational therapists; and
[V.] III. The use and supervision of non-licensed persons providing supportive services to licensed occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants.
326-C:8 Physical Agent Modalities.
I. An occupational therapist who is licensed under this chapter and who has been trained may utilize occupational therapy techniques involving ultrasound or electrical physical agent modality devices.
II. An occupational therapy assistant who is licensed under this chapter may apply ultrasound or electrical physical agent modality devices if he or she:
(a) Works under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapist who is licensed under this chapter; and
(b) Has been trained to utilize occupational therapy techniques involving ultrasound or electrical agent modality devices.
HB 369-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2021-0185h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Office of Professional Licensure and Certification Fund (RSA 310-A:1-e,I(b))
This bill eliminates the requirement for licensees to obtain a separate certificate to provide Physical Agent Modalities. There are no fees associated with these certificates so there is no revenue loss but there may be indeterminable cost savings associated with the elimination of staff and Board time to process the requests for certification.
It is assumed any fiscal impact would occur after July 1, 2021.
Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
|Feb. 4, 2021||House||Hearing|
|April 14, 2021||Senate||Hearing|
|April 22, 2021||Senate||Floor Vote|
April 22, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 04/22/2021; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 20
April 14, 2021: Remote Hearing: 04/14/2021, 09:15 am; Links to join the hearing can be found in the Senate Calendar; SC 19
April 1, 2021: Introduced 04/01/2021 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 11
April 7, 2021: Reconsider (Rep. Osborne): MF VV 04/07/2021
April 7, 2021: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2021-0185h: MA VV 04/07/2021
April 7, 2021: Amendment # 2021-0185h: AA VV 04/07/2021
: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-0185h (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 18 P. 13
Feb. 4, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/04/2021 10:45 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/99659562277 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.
Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 2 P. 45