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PHT 5523, Dimensions of Professional Practice Seminar I. FS 486, the Physical Therapy Practice Act and Other Relevant Florida Laws. Law vs. Ethics. Ethics: APTA Code of Ethics; Guide for Professional Conduct Law: FS 486 and Chapter 64B17 of the Florida Administrative Code. Legal Standards.

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pht 5523 dimensions of professional practice seminar i

PHT 5523, Dimensions of Professional Practice Seminar I

FS 486, the Physical Therapy Practice Act and Other Relevant Florida Laws

law vs ethics
Law vs. Ethics
  • Ethics: APTA Code of Ethics; Guide for Professional Conduct
  • Law: FS 486 and Chapter 64B17 of the Florida Administrative Code
legal standards
Legal Standards
  • Florida Statutes
  • Florida Administrative Code
fs 456 health professions and occupations general provisions
FS 456, Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
  • Provides general rules for the Boards
  • Addresses issues which may (e.g. HIV/AIDS and Medical Errors courses) or may not (e.g. screening for persons delinquent in child support payments) be covered by specific practice acts (e.g. FS 486)
  • Issues relevant to PTs
fs 456 select issues relevant for pt practitioners
FS 456: Select Issues Relevant for PT Practitioners
  • 456.004 (9): Delinquent child support obligation
  • 456.013 (2)(b): Licensure of felons
  • 456.0575: Duty to notify patients about adverse incidents
  • 456.062: Advertising free or discounted services
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FS 456: Select Issues Relevant for PT Practitioners
  • 456.063 (3): Duty to report allegations of sexual misconduct
  • 456.074: Defaulting on student loans
  • 456.076: Treatment programs for impaired practitioners
  • 456.38: Practitioner registry for disaster and emergencies
other relevant statutes
Other Relevant Statutes
  • FS 384, Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
    • Unlawful to engage in sex w/o partner’s informed consent
    • Confidentiality required; report according to CDC system
  • Ch64D-2 (FAC), HIV:
    • Who has a “right to know”
    • Testing requirements
  • FS 39.201: Mandatory report of child abuse, neglect or exploitation
  • FS 415.1034: Mandatory report of abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults
fs 486 the physical therapy practice act
FS 486, The Physical Therapy Practice Act

Florida Statutes Regulating Physical Therapy, and the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=Ch0486/titl0486.htm&StatuteYear=2000&Title=%2D%3E2000%2D%3EChapter%20486

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FS 486, The Physical Therapy Practice Act
  • Purpose: Protect the consumer by making sure that all PTs meet minimum standards
  • Defines PT as a person who is licensed
  • Defines PTA as a person who works under the direction of PT according to the rules (Chap. 64B)
    • May work for board-certified orthopedic physician (MD or DO) or physiatrist (MD or DO) or chiropractor but must have general supervision of a PT
    • In all other offices, must have on-site supervision of PT
  • Defines PT Assessment
  • Defines PT Practice
direct access in florida 486 021 11
Direct Access in Florida 486.021(11)
  • “A physical therapist may implement a plan of treatment for a patient.” Does not say anything about needing a referral.
  • “The physical therapist shall refer the patient to … if the patient’s condition is found to be outside the scope of physical therapy.”
  • If PT treatment “is required beyond 21 days for a condition not previously assessed by a practitioner of record” PT must refer the patient to a practitioner of record.
practitioner of record
Practitioner of Record
  • 458: Medical doctor (MD)
  • 459: Osteopath (DO)
  • 460: Chiropractor (DC)
  • 461: Podiatrist (DPM)
  • 466: Dentist (DMD or DDS)
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FS 486, The Physical Therapy Practice Act
  • Board of PT Practice: appointed by the Governor
  • Seven (7) members:
    • Five (5) licensed PTs (one of whom may be an educator)
    • Two (2) consumers
  • Establish or modify and adopt the rules (Ch64B17)
  • Review the standing and reputability of any PT school
  • Administer oaths, summon witnesses and take testimony on any matter having to do with law and rules
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FS 486, The Physical Therapy Practice Act
  • Prohibits holding one out to be a PT w/o license and describes use of PT, PhT, LPT, RPT, PTA, RPTA, PTT, etc as fraudulent representation of licensure
  • Establishes licensure requirements
  • Requires continuing education
  • Sets terms for refusal, revocation or suspension of license
  • Lets students work as PTs in the formal course of their studies only
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