Resource Documents for Payers

Order by Phone

The following documents can be ordered directly from the Payment Policy & Advocacy Department (800/999-2782, ext 8511):

Frequently Asked Questions
APTA has developed frequently asked questions documents for several areas of physical therapy practice. Payers can request a copy of these documents by phone:

  • Active Wound Care Management
  • Evaluation & Reevaluation
  • Iontophoresis
  • Orthotics, Prosthetics, Casting, Strapping, and Taping
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation

Guide to Physical Therapist Practice
The Guide is an essential resource for both daily practice and professional education.

A Payer's Guide to Interventions Provided by Physical Therapists and Related CPT Coding (2nd ed)
A small desk reference describing the most common interventions provided by physical therapists and the appropriate CPT coding.

A Payer's Guide to Physical Therapy Documentation For Patient/Client Management
A small desk reference describing components of documentation (eg initial evaluation, reevaluation, progress notes and discharge notes), common abbreviations and an out-patient therapy documentation template.

Available Online

The following documents are available for download.

Guidelines for Physical Therapy Documentation
A detailed description of the APTA Board-approved guidelines for documentation. These should be used in conjunction with specific state practice act requirements.

Orthopaedic Clinical Guidelines
The Orthopaedic Section of APTA has developed clinical guidelines for several musculoskeletal conditions. Each of these guidelines has been published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.

Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy
The statement of the profession including conditions and performance which are essential for the provision of high-quality care delivered by physical therapists.

APTA Policies & Bylaws