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Personal Care Assistance (PCA)

Qualified professional criteria

Page posted: 11/04/13

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Legal Authority

Minn. Stat. §256B.0625 subd. 19c., Minn. Stat. §256B.0659 subd. 13 and subd. 25

Definition

Qualified professional (QP): A professional providing training, supervision and evaluation of personal care assistance services and staff. A QP must be one of the following:

  • • Registered nurse as defined in Minn. Stat. §148.171 to 148.285
  • • Licensed social worker as defined in Minn. Stat. §148D.010 and Minn. Stat. §148D.055
  • • Mental health professional as defined in Minn. Stat. §245.462, subd.18, or Minn. Stat. §245.4871, subd. 27
  • • Qualified developmental disabilities specialist under Minn. Stat. §245B.07, subd. 4.
  • Criteria

    A QP must meet the following requirements:

  • • Above definition of QP
  • • Clear a criminal background study before providing services
  • • Work for a PCA provider agency
  • • Complete required training within six months of hire
  • Required Training

    A QP must complete required training within six months of hire. The QP must repeat the required qualified professional training when switching PCA provider agencies more than 3 years after completing required training.

    QPs employed by a Medicare-certified home health agency that is also a PCA provider agency are exempted from the training requirement.

    Limitations

    QP services may only be delivered within the qualified professional’s professional scope of practice. The QP must be a registered nurse when the PCA is completing health-related tasks for the person or when the person is dependent on a ventilator.

    PCA Provider Agency Responsibilities

    The PCA provider agency is responsible to verify, document and assure continued maintenance of the requirements of the QPs who work for the agency.

    Additional Information

    Care plan
    QP services

    QP unit increases

    QP visits

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