OHD Technical Assistance Tips (Updated 4/4/2017)
Expanded Spectrum of Health Care Providers for Students with Chronic or Acute Health Conditions or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
Minn. Stat. § 125A.08 was amended in 2016 to expand the spectrum of health care providers beyond physicians, and whose scope of practice allows them to diagnose patients and provide written and signed documentation of a student’s ‘medically diagnosed chronic or acute health condition’ required for eligibility under the OHD category. Two examples include advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and physician assistants (PAs).
In meeting attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) documentation requirements, acceptable diagnosticians have historically included physicians, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and licensed psychologists (MN Rule 3525.1335). Within this recently broadened scope, a physician assistant (PA) under the supervision of a licensed physician now has authority to diagnose a chronic or acute health condition, including AD/HD. When considering other types of health care providers, districts should determine whether the provider’s professional scope of practice includes the ability to provide documentation of a medically diagnosed chronic or acute health condition.
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