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APTA is the definitive source for standards of ethics and professionalism in the physical therapy profession.

PTs and PTAs demonstrate ethics and professionalism by living their core values and working to achieve optimal health and wellness.

The standards for ethics and professionalism are established by the following:

- Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist

- Standards of Ethical Conduct for the PTA

- Values-Based Behaviors for the PTA

- Core Values for the PT and PTA

- Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy

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Preventing Fraud, Abuse, and Waste: A Primer for Physical Therapists

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APTA Guide for Professional Conduct

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APTA Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant

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Legal Topics of Interest

Aug 1, 2019 / Article

PTs and PTAs practice in an environment that requires compliance with health care laws, rules, and regulations.

Understanding Risk: Fraud and Abuse Laws

Jul 31, 2020 / Article

These five federal fraud and abuse laws are important for physical therapists to know.

License to Delegate?

Jun 1, 2020 / Column

A busy PT is taken to task.

Spinal Integrity

May 9, 2020 / Column

The need for teamwork to best serve a patient.

Cost Analysis

Jun 1, 2020 / Column

A PT gets schooled by her employer.

In the Rough

Mar 1, 2020 / Column

A PT-patient relationship built on golf goes off course.

Ethics and Best Practices - Payment, Policy, and You

Feb 5, 2020 / Article

Learn what every physical therapy student should know about the health care landscape, payment, ethical practice, as well as advice on documentation, and ethical decision-making.

Fall and Balance

Feb 1, 2020 / Column

When patient confidentiality and broader need are in conflict.

Growing Pains – Defining Moment

Jan 13, 2020 / Article

Sharna Prasad, PT, DPT, discusses how self-reflection makes a path clear.

Matters of Respect

Dec 1, 2019 / Column

On what basis is referral acceptable?