Avoiding risk is easier when you understand what the dangers are, and where they exist. A new resource from APTA helps physical therapists (PTs) do just that by taking a careful look at fraud, abuse, and waste.
Preventing Fraud, Abuse, and Waste: A Primer for Physical Therapists (.pdf) is a free guide that examines not only the laws around these issues but the ways in which a physical therapist's (PT) relationships with payers, referral sources, and patients can set the stage for potential problems. The 20-page booklet is written in an easy-to-read style and includes many real world examples of the ways in which PTs can intentionally or unintentionally cross the line, as well as information on how to comply with the relevant laws and regulations and avoid risk.
The primer is part of APTA's Integrity in Practice campaign, an initiative that supports physical therapy's high practice standards. The campaign helps PTs understand regulations and payment systems, and puts them in touch with tools and resources that promote evidence-based practice; ethics; professionalism; prevention of fraud, abuse, and waste; and more.
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