- We are effective. While some woo does still exist (and always will), we have consistent evidence published on our effectiveness in managing a wide-range of neuromusculoskeletal disorders.
- We are cost-effective. Physical Therapists are currently positioned very well in the changing climate of alternative payment models. When people utilize our services first (even for a session of education), they end up spending less money on their episode of care.
- We are evolving. While there was some resistance by some individuals in the transition from MPT–>DPT, the result has led to improved direct access to care, imaging rights in Wisconsin and overall increased consumer confidence in our abilities. While direct reimbursement may have not changed per degree, our access to patients has.
- We are becoming more educated. For PTs to be better recognized and accepted as front-line providers, our clinical mentorship had to improve. We are seeing a much higher demand for post-graduate education than ever before, and I believe this will impact practice and outcomes.
- We are talking. There is constant chatter (good, thoughtful chatter) across social media platforms. From the Doctor of Physical Therapy Facebook page to SomaSimple, PTs are talking with each other. Challenging our own ideas and beliefs through discussion will make us better.
- We are doing pertinent research. While a wide range of quality of research supporting what we do exists, I believe CoHSTAR will have a tremendous impact on our profession.
We are all experiencing a very exciting time for the profession. While the rapid changes in education, reimbursement and access may make some of us nervous, it will ultimately position us as the practitioner of choice for many patients.
What do you believe we are doing right?
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