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Expanded Spectrum of Health Care Providers for Students with Chronic or Acute Health Conditions
Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.08 was amended in 2016 to expand the spectrum of licensed health care providers who could provide written documentation of a student’s medically diagnosed chronic or acute health condition required for potential eligibility under the Other Health Disabilities category. This expanded spectrum now includes licensed health care providers whose scope of practice includes diagnosing patients. Two examples include advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs). When considering other health care providers, districts should inquire whether the provider’s professional scope of practice includes the ability to provide documentation of a medically diagnosed chronic or acute health condition.