Professional Therapy Associates Prepares for Potential Changes Associated With Implementation of Affordable Care Act

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Montana Physical Therapy Practice Plans to Minimize Patient Impact Due to Healthcare System Changes and to Ensure Continuity of Care.

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We will continue to grow our staff and organization, and will work to maintain stability for the physical therapy profession in the midst of an uncertain healthcare industry

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has the potential to impact both providers and patients, altering the way healthcare will be delivered and paid for in the United States. Professional Therapy Associates, a Montana physical therapy clinic, is proactively preparing for the changes that healthcare reform will bring, and continues to advocate for patient education and access to physical therapy treatment.

Blaine Stimac, owner and CEO of Professional Therapy Associates, notes that many of the clinic’s patients have expressed concern over the uncertainty surrounding the implementation of the ACA. “Some of our patients are apprehensive because they fear they will no longer be able to access our physical therapy services, or that we will be bought out by a hospital or healthcare network,” he said. “I would like to reassure everyone that we have no desire or plans to be acquired by any organization. My team and I intend to continue providing high-quality care in a private-practice setting, both now and in the future.” Stimac plans on opening 10 more PT clinics in Montana by the year 2020.

In readiness for the changes that will come as the ACA is implemented, which is scheduled to occur in phases from 2012 through 2015, the staff at Professional Therapy Associates will be advocating for patients’ rights and access to care by taking leadership roles in organizations at the state and national level. Stimac says he is also proactively hiring recent physical therapy graduates in order to provide stable employment for physical therapists and continuity of care for the clinic’s patients. Professional Therapy Associates offers highly competitive salaries and full benefits packages – including health, retirement and continuing education benefits – to attract the most qualified physical therapists.

“Our goal at Professional Therapy Associates has always been to provide patients with the highest level of care by skilled, fully trained and licensed physical therapists,” Stimac explained. “We will continue to grow our staff and organization, and will work to maintain stability for the physical therapy profession in the midst of an uncertain healthcare industry. While there is no way to predict all of the changes that healthcare reform will bring, we are preparing for them now, and will continue to do so at as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. By planning ahead, we’ll be well positioned to take all possible measures to minimize any impact on our patients, while maintaining our high level of service.”

Professional Therapy Associates is also preparing for changes in healthcare delivery by developing skill-building programs which enable staff physical therapists to grow as clinicians. Stimac’s team of Montana-licensed physical therapists will continue to stay current on the latest techniques and practices through continuing education and an internal fellowship program. “I am committed to supporting our therapists in their pursuit of education and professional certifications,” said Stimac. “I’m especially excited about our new fellowship program. Ongoing learning is vital to maintaining our focus on helping patients to quickly overcome pain and enjoy optimum health, and it empowers our staff to create effective physical therapy treatment plans with customized care for each patient.”

Flathead Valley residents who wish to explore the benefits of physical therapy may take advantage of free consultations provided by Professional Therapy Associates. The free health and injury screenings, valued at $100, are offered to all local residents who are experiencing discomfort in their joints, limited range of motion, muscle weakness, lack of balance or other musculoskeletal conditions. Screenings are performed by licensed physical therapists, who will also answer questions about health issues, pain, and treatment. Interested individuals may schedule a free health and injury screening by registering online at http://www.ptflathead.com/free-consultation.

Learn more about the physical therapy services provided by Professional Therapy Associates by visiting http://www.ptflathead.com.

About Professional Therapy Associates and Blaine Stimac:
Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) is an established provider of physical therapy in Montana. Founded in Kalispell in 1988, the practice has expanded to include four convenient locations throughout Flathead Valley. In addition to its flagship Kalispell North facility, PTA also has clinics in downtown Kalispell (Flathead Health and Fitness), Whitefish (The Wave) and Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls Clinic). Owner and CEO Blaine Stimac is a licensed Physical Therapist in Montana, and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. He and his team offer a full range of services, including manual physical therapy, sports medicine, therapeutic exercise and biofeedback, as well as treatment for back and neck injuries, motor vehicle injuries and work-related injuries. For more information, visit http://www.ptflathead.com.

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