• APTA has launched Integrity in Practice, a comprehensive campaign to promote high quality of care. It does so by helping physical therapists navigate complex regulations and payment systems and by making tools and resources available for physical therapists to encourage and promote evidence-based practice; ethics; professionalism; prevention of fraud, abuse, and waste; and more. The goals of the campaign are:

    • Demonstrate leadership in the health care profession in the effort to eliminate fraud and abuse and partner with like-minded stakeholders in the profession.
    • Educate physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy on how to avoid regulatory pitfalls and reduce risk of audits and returned payments as well as how to take proactive steps to prevent fraud and abuse so they can get back to the business of delivering value and quality in physical therapist practice.
    • Advocate on behalf of physical therapists and the profession to reduce or prevent further burdensome regulation and oversight, and preserve freedom to practice.
    • Provide solutions to the problems of fraud and abuse.
    • Protect the excellent reputation of physical therapist practice and shine a positive light on the profession.

    APTA is committed to protecting and preserving resources within the health care system through several Integrity in Practice initiatives, a few of which are highlighted below. To learn more about the Integrity in Practice campaign, please view this summary of activities (.pdf) or visit APTA's Center for Integrity in Practice.

    • Choosing Wisely: The Right Care at the Right Time

      APTA has partnered with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation's Choosing Wisely® campaign to provide specific, evidence-based recommendations that encourage both patients and physical therapists to make wise decisions about the most appropriate care. APTA was the first non-physician group to join more than 50 medical specialty societies that have produced a list of 5 things members of their profession and patients should question. APTA is providing this information to physical therapists and patients alike by partnering with Consumer Reports to create a free consumer-friendly summary of its recommendations. Consumer Reports already has reached more than 100 million consumers with Choosing Wisely information through its network of consumer communications partners.

    • Partnering to Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse

      APTA is working with the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to analyze the conditions facing therapists to provide APTA members and others with information to ensure appropriate care based on ethical and professional standards. Together AOTA, APTA, and ASHA have published the above Consensus Statement on Clinical Judgment in Health Care Settings.

    • Educating Current and Future Physical Therapists

      APTA recognizes the need to educate both current licensed physical therapists and students of physical therapy on both the methods and reasons to prevent fraud, waste and abuse. APTA has published this primer to provide this information for practicing physical therapists and to educators instructing the next generation of practitioners.

  • Last Updated: 10/24/2014
    Contact: advocacy@apta.org