"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

Friday, November 11, 2011

High Cost Hospitals Realize That "The Jig Is Up..."

Over at the Health Care Blog, some physical therapists might find this dialogue interesting.

It's between a large hospital Chief Operating Officer (COO) and an independent Health Information Technology (HIT) consultant...
Consultant: "Why on earth would you want to form a Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?

You’re a monopoly. You’re making tons of money. You can keep doing this for some period of time."
Hospital COO: “Look I understand that the jig is up (since healthcare reform passed). 
I know how to take $60 (of costs) out per member per month. $60 - - out of my cost structure. I know exactly how to do it. 
I never had a motivation to do it before - - until health care reform happened."
Who else believes that physical therapists can take additional costs out of high-cost hospitals as we replace physicians using rules-based decision algorithms to make diagnoses and order x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)?

Please comment and let's hear your thoughts.

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