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What is Referral for Profit (RFP)?

The term "Referral for Profit" or "Self-referral" in physical therapy describes a financial relationship between a physical therapist and a physician in which a physician (medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, podiatrist, dentist or chiropractor) refers a patient for physical therapy and derives a financial benefit from the physical therapy services provided to the person who is referred.



The Obama Health Care Plan for National Health Care Coverage has identified elimination of fraud and abuse in Medicare as a way to raise the funds needed to cover the cost of this ambitious endeavor. Can California afford to support the strong potential for fraud and abuse by allowing this unsavory business practice to continue?

Referral for Profit Resources

CPTA's RFP Background Paper
CPTA's NEW Employment Toolkit for legal and ethical employment arrangements
Opposition to Referral for Profit Arrangements-CPTA Position Statement
POPTS Survival Guide 

APTA White Paper: Position on POPTS
APTA Brochure: Referral for Profit and Physical Therapy  
Economic Foundations for Professional Autonomy 
CPTA Referral for Profit Buckslip


MedPac Report-Ancillary services in physicians’ offices
Alex Swedlow article-Increased Cost more information
Orthopaedic Practice Management article-Focus on Boosting PT Services and Reap the Profits
Podiatry Today article-How to Provide PT as an Ancillary Service
Office of Inspector General Report-PT Billed by Physicians


For up to date information on avoidable conflicts of interest and RFP contact Tameka Island

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