Ethical and Legal Practice: Do The Right Thing

Values and Beliefs Series (a set of five articles)


American Occupational Therapy Association. (2015). Occupational therapy code of ethics (2015). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(Suppl. 3), 6913410030. 

American Occupational Therapy Association. (2015). Enforcement procedures for the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(Suppl. 3), 6913410012. 

Ethics Advisory Opinions
AOTA, APTA, ASHA Consensus Statement on Clinical Judgment in Healthcare Settings 

Pay Practices 101: What’s Legal, What’s Not - How to Maintain Ethical Standards and Your Sanity When Meeting Productivity Requirements

Purtilo, R. B., & Doherty, R. F. (2011). Ethical dimensions in the health professions (5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders.

Purtilo, R. B., Jensen, G. M., & Royeen, C. B. (2005). Educating for moral action: A sourcebook in health and rehabilitation ethics. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Available for Purchase

Slater, D. Y. (Ed.). (2011). Reference guide to the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards (2010 ed.). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press. 

Everyday Ethics: Core Knowledge for Occupational Therapy Practitioners and Educators. CE on CD. 

Organizational Ethics: Occupational Therapy Practice in a Complex Health Environment. CE on CD.

Moral Distress: Surviving Clinical Chaos. CE on CD. 

Duty to Warn: An Ethical Responsibility for All Practitioners. CE on CD.

AOTA Ethics Topics - Scope of Practice: Regulatory and Ethical Considerations


AOTA Guidance from the Federal Regulatory Affairs Department.

Medicare Regulations & Guidance.

Jimmo v. Sebelius: Medicare “Improvement Standard” Deemed Illegal, Skilled Maintenance Care Covered.

Joint Guidelines for Therapy Co-treatment under Medicare.

AOTA Guidance for Completing Functional Reassessments and Documentation in Medicare Home Health PPS.

AOTA Home Health Documentation Guide.

OT/OTA Student Supervision & Medicare Requirements.

Information pertaining to Medicare Program rules and requirements: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Medicare Learning Network's (MLN) provider education articles.

MLN Catalog of Products.

Electronic mailing for news from CMS.

Regulatory Guidance on Therapy in SNFs—Federal Register July 31, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 147). (pages 39567-39568)

RAI Manual for MDS 3.0 (Ch. 3 Sec. O).

Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 8.

Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 15, Sections 220-230.

CMS Therapy Cap.

Medicare Part B Billing Scenarios for PTs and OTs.

State Survey Agencies

Report improper practices in your facility to your state survey agency (may also report to accreditation bodies such as Joint Commission or CARF).

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General

The OIG is responsible for fraud and abuse prevention, detection, and reporting. On their Web site, you may find: 

Contact the OIG National Hotline

Phone: (800) HHS-TIPS [(800) 447-8477]
TTY: (800) 377-4950
Fax: (800) 223-8164

Mail: Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
PO Box 23489
Washington, DC 20026

Report fraud online.