"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Physical Therapist Doctor

It's December 27th 2007 and Physical Therapists are required to make physician-level decisions.

Physical therapists are required to determine the Medical Necessity for Physical Therapy as part of the physical therapy plan of care.

This level of decision-making requires a physical therapy diagnosis, assessment of physical impairments, functional limitations, patient co-morbidities and intangibles like motivation and aptitude.

Just like a medical doctor has tools like x-ray, MRI and blood tests to make the diagnosis the physical therapist needs tools to make the physical therapy diagnosis.

To learn how to assess physical impairments in range-of-motion and strength go to www.SimpleScore.com and view treatment videos.


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Tim Richardson, PT owns a private practice at Medical Arts Rehabilitation, Inc in Palmetto, Florida. The clinic website is at MedicalArtsRehab.com.

Bulletproof Expert Systems: Clinical Decision Support for Physical Therapists in the Outpatient Setting is a manager's workbook with stories, checklists, charts, graphs, tables, and templates describing how you can use paper-based or computerized tools to improve your clinic's Medicare compliance, process adherence and patient outcomes.

Tim has implemented a computerized Clinical Decision Support (CDS) system in his clinic since 2006 that serves as a Reminder, Alerting, Prompting and Predicting CDS using evidence-based tests and measures.

Tim can be reached at
TimRichPT@BulletproofPT.com .

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