PT Management Support Executive Publishes Article Contradicting APTA’s Position Against Physician-owned Physical Therapy

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PTM President Cary Edgar publishes article in Texas Orthopaedic Association eConnect citing studies contradicting the APTA’s arguments against physician-owned physical therapy

Cary Edgar, President of PT Management Support Systems (PTM), the nationwide leader in helping health systems and physician groups establish and manage outpatient physical therapy and hand therapy programs, was featured in eConnect, the publication of the Texas Orthopaedic Association, analyzing recent studies contradicting the American Physical Therapy Association’s long-standing argument that physician-owned physical therapy results in over-utilization and excessive medical costs. His analysis addresses recent studies published by the General Accounting Office, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation and Forum for Health Economics and Policy.

According to Edgar, “Three recent, rigorous and comprehensive studies, one of which was essentially sponsored by the APTA, clearly show that physical therapy provided within orthopaedic surgery and other physician groups actually result in fewer procedures and lower costs than physical therapy provided in practices owned by therapists. These studies directly contradict the more than 20 year old studies cited by the APTA as support for its continued attempts to bar physician groups from providing physical therapy to their patients.”

You can access the eConnect article here.

About PT Management Support Systems

PTM is the nationwide leader in helping healthcare organizations, hospitals and physician groups develop and optimize the performance of physical and occupational therapy programs. In addition to providing practical and tested financial, operational and compliance solutions, PTM offers real-time physical and occupational therapy benchmarking, productivity tracking and reporting through its web-based TherapyWorks solution. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, PTM currently works with healthcare organizations throughout the U.S.

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