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Personal Care Assistance

Health-related procedures and tasks

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Legal authority

Minn. Stat. § 256B.0659, subd. 2 (C) & (d)

Definition

Health-related procedures and tasks: Procedures and tasks to be performed by a personal care assistant (PCA) that can be delegated or assigned by a licensed health care professional under state law

Policy

Health-related procedures and tasks

Under state law, a licensed health care professional may delegate health-related procedures and tasks to a personal care assistant when the following conditions are met:

  • Procedures and tasks meet the definition of health-related procedures and tasks
  • A qualified professional trains and supervises the PCA worker
  • PCA worker demonstrates competency to complete the procedures and tasks safely
  • The qualified professional has documented the delegation of health-related procedures and tasks in the recipient’s personal care assistance care plan, and the recipient’s and PCA worker’s files.
  • The qualified professional is responsible to:

  • Document the need for this assistance in the care plan
  • Document training and competency of the person performing the delegated tasks in the care plan, the recipient’s and the individual PCA’s files.
  • Covered services

    Health-related procedures and tasks may include:

  • Assistance with self-administered medications
  • Interventions for seizure disorders, including monitoring and observation
  • Range of motion and passive exercise to maintain a person’s strength and muscle functioning
  • Tracheostomy suctioning and services to recipients on ventilator support
  • Other activities considered within the scope of PCA service and meeting the definition of health-related procedures and tasks.
  • PCA provider agency responsibilities

    The provider agency’s qualified professional is responsible to document the following:

  • Description of procedure or task delegated
  • Training of the PCA specific to the delegated procedure/task
  • For more information, see the Documentation section of the Qualified professional (QP) services page
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