DRS policy on using specialists (for diagnostics services, see
Policy 2 of this chapter . For medical treatment services, see
Chapter 8.14, PHYS RES), applies to these specialties regulated by a state board:
dentists and dental assistants,
dialysis care technicians,
healing arts practitioners,
hearing aid specialists,
occupational therapists and assistants,
osteopathic medicine practitioners,
pharmacists and pharmacy technicians,
physical therapists and assistants,
physicians and physician assistants,
radiological technology practitioners,
respiratory care practitioners, and
The counselor may authorize a dental evaluation. For authorization procedures, see
Policy 1 of this chapter. A full periapical x-ray is not required.
DRS shall only use medical service providers, including out-of-state vendors, who are Virginia board licensed or certified within the scope of their practice as defined under Virginia law and the state regulatory board (per Federal Register Vol. 66, No. 11, pp 4430 – 4431 guidance for standards for vendors regulation in 2001
Federal Regulation 34 CFR § 361.51).
For medical specialists policy, see
Policy 4 of this chapter.
Links to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are currently unavailable while we await federal changes to the vocational rehabilitation program. Upon promulgation of the final regulations the links will be updated and activated.