Standards for appropriateness of physical therapy care.

(1) Appropriate, skilled physical therapy treatment is treatment which is reasonable in terms of accepted physical therapy practice, and necessary to recovery of function by the patient. The use of a nontraditional treatment by itself shall not constitute unprofessional conduct, provided that it does not result in injury to a patient or create an unreasonable risk that a patient may be harmed.
(2) Appropriate physical therapy services must be of such a level of complexity and sophistication, or the condition of the patient must be such, that the services required can be safely and effectively performed only by a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant under supervision of a physical therapist.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.74.023. WSR 08-17-026, § 246-915-185, filed 8/13/08, effective 8/13/08; WSR 92-08-039 (Order 259B), § 246-915-185, filed 3/24/92, effective 4/24/92.]
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