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NPTE standards
Learn about the level of performance required to provide safe and competent physical therapy services.

Continuing competency standards
Find out the standards and criteria for evaluating physical therapy continuing competence.

Choosing Wisely
An initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely is working to spark conversations between providers and patients to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time.

Choosing Wisely Lists
This page provides useful lists for patients and their healthcare providers on specialty recommendations and treatment options. The lists are very easy to review:

  • Lists of things physicians and patients should question in about 40 different specialties (geared towards physicians)
  • Lists of 50-70 tests and treatment options: “when you need them and when you don’t” (patient friendly)

These lists represent specific, evidence-based recommendations providers and patients should discuss together in order to make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on their individual situation. Each list provides information on when tests and procedures may be appropriate, as well as the methodology used in its creation.

Choosing Wisely recommendations should not be used to establish coverage decisions or exclusions. Rather, they are meant to spur conversation about what is appropriate and necessary treatment. As each patient situation is unique, providers and patients should use the recommendations as guidelines to determine an appropriate treatment plan together.

In collaboration with the partner organizations, Consumer Reports has created resources for consumers and providers to engage in these important conversations about the overuse of medical tests and procedures that provide little benefit and in some cases harm.