What is the difference between the PT at my doctors office and one at North Idaho Physical therapy, a private practice?
Who is better to see, a PT that works for a physician or a PT that owns a private practice? We leave it up to you to draw your own conclusions but here are some facts. The studies indicate there were more treatments (visits per patient were 39% to 45% higher in physician owned clinics) and the cost was greater for those patients that attended a physician owned physical therapy practice (both gross and net revenue per patient were 30% to 40% higher).
Another study indicated that licensed and non-licensed therapy providers spent less time with each patient in physician owned clinics and physical therapy assistants were substituted for physical therapists.
Another older study concluded that “Therapists who had treated patients through direct access were significantly more likely to believe that direct access had benefited them professionally and benefited their patients than were therapists who had not practiced through direct access.”
We believe that we can provide you with the highest quality of care available and do it in a cost-effective manner.4 You will work closely with your physical therapist and in most instances, your case will be managed by the same physical therapist from the beginning to the end of your experience with us.
Therapy Services: Effects on Charges, Utilization, Profits,
and Service Characteristics, Journal of the American
Medical Association, 1992.
2. “Joint Ventures Among Health Care Providers in Florida,”
Stateof Florida Health Care Cost Containment Board, 1991.
4. Federal Office of the Inspector General May 1, 2006 – This
report calls into question billing processes done by non-
physical therapist owned practices.