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Alabama Physical Therapy Practice Act & Rules, Jurisprudence & Ethics

presented by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

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Video Runtime: 96 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 46 Minutes

This course provides a concise summary of the Alabama Physical Therapy Practice Act and Board of Physical Therapy Administrative Code. It also includes discussion of health care jurisprudence and professional ethics. The course is designed for Alabama-licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in all practice settings, Alabama-based physical therapy practice owners, and all physical therapists and assistants wishing to conduct a comparative analysis of representative state practice acts. Case hypotheticals are included for analysis.

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Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Dr. Scott is a health law attorney-mediator and educator. He is a faculty member at Rocky Mountain University, the University of Montana, Rehab Essentials, and MedBridge Inc. Dr. Scott's principal teaching interests include healthcare ethics, law, management, and policy. He developed two widely utilized health professional practice tools: the systems approach to ethical decision-making and…

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1. Ethics Standards and Practice Acts

This chapter addresses health professional ethics and blended ethicolegal standards. It also introduces the Alabama PT Practice Act and Administrative Code.

2. Foundations of Professional Ethics and Ethicolegal Duties, and APTA Code of Ethics

The chapter discusses the ethical dimensions of professional practice in the context of the APTA’s Code of Ethics’ eight principles. Other topics include ethicolegal decision-making models, core values, pro bono service delivery, and the five bases for health care malpractice liability.

3. Patient Autonomy

This chapter explores the four sources of biomedical ethical obligations and the concept of patient informed consent and its exceptions. It also evaluates reporting statutes, including select Alabama reporting laws.

4. Alabama PT Practice Act and Board of Physical Therapy Administrative Code, Part 1

This chapter reviews the Alabama PT Practice Act and Board of Physical Therapy Administrative Code. Specific topic areas include the scope of PT practice, referral sources and practice without referral, roles of PT extenders, licensing regulations, allowable names and titles, the nature of regulatory agencies, and composition and powers of the PT Board.

5. Alabama PT Practice Act and Board of Physical Therapy Administrative Code, Part 2

This chapter continues discussion of the Alabama PT Practice Act and Board of Physical Therapy Administrative Code. Topics include complaints and hearings procedures; license reciprocity and renewal; temporary licenses; continuing education; professional conduct; refusal, suspension, and revocation of a license; professional advertising; and Alabama PT Board COVID-19 and telehealth practice guidelines.

6. Supervision Duties and Minimum Standards, Allowable Delegated Duties of the PTA and Auxiliary Staff, and Good Samaritan Immunity in Alabama

This chapter reviews the complex area of supervision, delegation, and direction in physical therapy practice, focusing on Alabama regulatory requirements. It also overviews the enigmatic topic of Good Samaritan immunity and its application to Alabama physical therapists and assistants.

7. Case-Based Scenarios With Reference to the Alabama PT Practice Act and Administrative Code

The chapter offers four case scenarios presenting ethicolegal practice issues for physical therapists and assistants. Case hypotheticals include contracts, impairment, and two sexual misconduct allegation cases.

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