10.38.02.01

.01 Code of Ethics.

A. The physical therapist and physical therapist assistant shall provide care, regardless of race, creed, color, age, sex, or national origin of the patient.

B. The physical therapist and the physical therapist assistant shall respect the dignity of the patient.

C. The physical therapist and physical therapist assistant shall protect the patient's right to privacy by not divulging confidential information without consent of the patient or guardian unless required by law.

D. The physical therapist shall provide information about fees upon request by the patient.

E. The physical therapist may not dispense or supply physical therapy equipment unless it is in the best interest of the patient.

F. The physical therapist and physical therapist assistant shall report to the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners all information that indicates a person is allegedly performing, or aiding and abetting, the illegal or unsafe practice of physical therapy.

G. The physical therapist and the physical therapist assistant shall comply with the probationary conditions of a Board order.

H. A licensee shall notify the Board in writing within 60 days if any license, certificate, permit, or registration granted by another state for the practice of physical therapy or limited physical therapy has been limited, restricted, suspended, revoked, or subjected to other disciplinary action by the licensing or certifying authority.

I. The physical therapist and physical therapist assistant shall provide and maintain medical records in accordance with Health-General Article, §§4-301—4-402, Annotated Code of Maryland.

J. The physical therapist or physical therapist assistant may not knowingly or willfully destroy, damage, alter, obliterate, or otherwise obscure a medical record or billing record or other information about a patient in an effort to conceal the information from use as evidence in an administrative, civil, or criminal proceeding.

K. The physical therapist or physical therapist assistant may not intimidate or influence any person to withhold or change testimony in hearings or proceedings before the Board or those otherwise delegated to the Office of Administrative Hearings.

L. The physical therapist or physical therapist assistant may not hinder, prevent, or otherwise delay any person from making information available to the Board in furtherance of any investigation of the Board.