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California Physical Therapy Practice Issues

Members have full access to the guidance below and can contact us with questions regarding any California physical therapy compliance issue.  Please consider joining today if you need assistance.

Scope of Practice

    • How is physical therapy defined in California?
    • What is included in the practice of physical therapy?
    • What is specifically excluded from the practice?
    • Are there any special training requirements?


    • Certification Required
    • Application Required
    • Training
    • Education
    • Self-Study
    • Experience
    • Certification Renewal
    • Electromyography Reports

Topical Medications 

    • Administration of Medications
    • Authorization and Protocols Required
    • Authorized Topical Medications

Referrals and Direct Access

    • Direct Access and Conditions
    • Duty to Refer
    • Disclosure of Financial Interest
    • Notification to Patient’s Physician
    • Visit Limitations
    • Wellness Exception
    • Patient Notice Requirements


    • What are a therapist’s documentation responsibilities?
    • What are a therapy assistant’s documentation responsibilities?
    • When does a therapist need to reassess the patient?
    • How long do I need to maintain patient records?



    • Individual Identification
    • Use of the prefix “Dr.”
    • Notification to Patients
    • Notice of Information Changes

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Therapy Comply is a healthcare compliance firm that seeks to bring high quality web-based compliance guidance and one-on-one consulting services to small and medium size physical, occupational, and speech therapy practices.

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