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  • Building a Private Practice Around Direct Access Image

    articleOct 28, 2014

    Building a Private Practice Around Direct Access

    Thanks to countless hours of hard work and dedication, physical therapists now enjoy some form of direct access in every state. The battle for direct access has not been an easy one, but we’ve made a lot of headway. Today, patients have the ability to seek—at minimum—a physical therapy evaluation in every state. This opens many doors for growing your private practice—if you understand how to operate and market your business with direct access in mind. Unfortunately, …

  • Direct Access in Action: Jennifer Gamboa of Body Dynamics, Inc. Image

    articleOct 27, 2014

    Direct Access in Action: Jennifer Gamboa of Body Dynamics, Inc.

    In many cases, the old retail axiom “you get what you pay for” holds true within the healthcare market as well—and that is precisely why Jennifer Gamboa, DPT, OCS, MTC, and president of Body Dynamics, Inc. , believes that more physical therapy practices should be looking beyond the third-party payer game as they develop their business models. The way Jennifer sees it, declining reimbursement rates not only threaten the survival of private practice physical therapy clinics, but …

  • This Week in PT News, October 24 Image

    articleOct 24, 2014

    This Week in PT News, October 24

    Nose Cells Help Paralyzed Man Walk Again A paralyzed man who suffered a spinal cord injury is beginning to walk again thanks to a groundbreaking procedure: doctors transplanted the cells responsible for the sense of smell onto the man’s spinal cord. Three months after the surgery, the patient’s left thigh muscle began to grow. Eventually, with the help of his physical therapist, he started to walk with leg braces. Doctors involved with the procedure hope that in …

  • Direct Access Laws by State (Rhode Island-Wyoming) Image

    articleOct 23, 2014

    Direct Access Laws by State (Rhode Island-Wyoming)

    You made it. Even I made it—and alive to boot! This will be my last post on direct access laws for all 50 states—plus DC and the US Virgin Islands. If you missed the previous states, please check out my last three posts: Alabama-Hawaii , Idaho-Mississippi , and Missouri-Pennsylvania . And one more disclaimer for good measure: I am not a legal expert, and I’ve sourced all of the following information from the APTA and various state …

  • Direct Access Laws by State (Missouri-Pennsylvania) Image

    articleOct 22, 2014

    Direct Access Laws by State (Missouri-Pennsylvania)

    Welcome to day three of covering direct access at the state level. If you have missed states Alabama through Mississippi, be sure to check out my last two blog posts ( Alabama-Hawaii and Idaho-Mississippi ). I would like to point out, again, that I am not a legal expert, and I’ve sourced all of the following information from the APTA and various state association websites. If you have any questions about your state’s law, please consult your …

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    articleOct 21, 2014

    Direct Access Laws by State (Idaho-Mississippi)

    Yesterday, we covered direct access regulations from Alabama to Hawaii . Now is a good time to mention again: I am not a legal expert, and I’ve sourced all of the following information from the APTA and various state association websites. If you have any questions about your state’s law, please consult your state’s practice act, a PT compliance expert, or your attorney. Today, we’ve made it all the way to regulations in Idaho. Po-tay-toe, po-tah-toe? Not …

  • Direct Access Laws by State (Alabama-Hawaii) Image

    articleOct 20, 2014

    Direct Access Laws by State (Alabama-Hawaii)

    This month’s blog posts are all about direct access. Fifty states—plus Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands—allow some form of physical therapy without a physician referral. However, the regulations vary from state to state. So, I’m going to break it all down—from AL to WY—in the next four blog posts. Before we dive into the regulations for every state, I want to mention that I am not a legal expert, and I’ve sourced all of the …

  • This Week in PT News, October 17 Image

    articleOct 17, 2014

    This Week in PT News, October 17

    Exercise Therapy Outperforms Surgery for Patients with Meniscal Tears A new research study out of Denmark says that for patients with meniscal tears, exercise therapy can restore key functionality that arthroscopic surgery can’t. Study participants who treated their meniscal tears with an exercise therapy program experienced 16% more improvement than participants who underwent arthroscopic surgery. This represents the latest study reinforcing that you should #GetPT before considering surgery. Check it out here . Physical Therapy Key to …

  • Live from the Direct Access Front Lines: The Story of Your Front Office Image

    articleOct 16, 2014

    Live from the Direct Access Front Lines: The Story of Your Front Office

    A self-referred patient walks into a PT clinic. Is this the start of a joke or a story with a happy ending? Well, that’s up to you. Your direct access marketing efforts will inspire patients to pick up the phone and dial your clinic. But then what? Your front office team is your direct access front line, and if they’re not prepared to interact with self-referred patients (i.e., those with no referral from another healthcare provider), then …

  • The 3 Immutable Laws of Direct Access Marketing Image

    articleOct 15, 2014

    The 3 Immutable Laws of Direct Access Marketing

    It took expensive membership dues, countless lobbying and volunteer hours, and 25 years, but we finally did it: Direct access to physical therapy services is now available in all 50 states in at least one form or another. It wasn’t easy, so it’s important to take a few moments to celebrate our achievements and raise a glass to all of the passionate physical therapists and physical therapy advocates out there who made it happen. Okay, time’s up—and …

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