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US integrity in practice campaign shows the way

The American Physical Therapy Association has launched an Integrity in Practice campaign to position physical therapists as leaders in efforts to eliminate fraud, abuse and waste from health care. 

The multi-year initiative will highlight the profession’s reputation for excellence, outline the work needed to protect it, make resources available to help physical therapists navigate complex regulations and payments systems, and promote evidence based practice.

APTA’s new Center for Integrity in Practice offers web-based tools to help physical therapists and assistants navigate the regulatory environment and promote the highest quality of patient care. It provides resources on ethics, professionalism, responding to audits, compliance, documentation, evidence based practice, and preventing fraud, abuse, and waste. 

The campaign links with the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation's Choosing Wisely Campaign, designed to spark conversations between providers and patients to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time. 

 “All physical therapists globally have a duty to uphold ethical principles and accept responsibility for the exercise of sound judgement and the provision of quality services that are honest, competent and accountable,” said Marilyn Moffat, WCPT’s President. “While the APTA Integrity in Practice campaign is geared to the USA, many of the issues are relevant internationally and the resources may also be useful in other settings. It is an example of the profession taking accountability for its actions.”

APTA President Paul A Rockar Jr said: "Instances of fraud, abuse, and waste related to physical therapy have been few, but they have managed to grab headlines and put our profession under increased scrutiny. While the vast majority of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are ethical and provide high quality care, the few who abuse the system place patients’ health at risk and cost taxpayers billions of dollars.”

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