- The obvious conflict of interest in a physician self referring to physical therapy and gaining a financial benefit from that referral goes against all reason, hurts the public and raises the cost of health care.
- I strongly support a patient's freedom of choice when looking for a physical therapist.
- POPTs has impacted my Clinic this year in that I had to lay off 3 full time therapist, one support staff and one office staff member. The only Ortho group in town merge with a group that ultilizes their own MRI, surgery center and PT clinic. There is no way for me to compete. I'm suffering a slow death. I have been in practice for 37 years in this town.
- This issue has haunted our profession for all of my 30 years in the business. It's a clear violation of our ethics and should have consequences for those who choose to practice in this relationship.
- I will be a new DPT graduate in a few months and I am positive that my colleagues and I would not want to work at a POPTS.
- As an instructor in the physical therapy program, this is a hot topic of discussion each year. I ask the students to provide arguments for and against POPTS and present them in a debate. Invariably the evidence against POPTS is irrefutable and overwhelming. In an atmosphere of limited resources and reform, this is the time to eliminate this outdated practice.
- Let's get this done...enough of the POPTS!
- I agree 100% that POPTS have a very negative impact on PT's, insurance companies and patients overall treatment.
- In POPT Clinics are purely designed for profit Not Good Outcomes. So high over-utilization means higher cost to the Insurance and bad deal for the patient who ends up losing in the end.
Clarification of PT Employment Relationships
Notice: The State of California Legislative Counsel has rendered an opinion that it is ILLEGAL for PTs to be employed by any professional corporation except for those owned by physical therapists and Naturopaths. In its opinion, the Legislative Counsel confirms that, because the existing California Corporations Code does not specifically include physical therapists on the list of those who may be employed by a medical corporation, a physical therapist is prohibited from providing physical therapy services as an employee of a medical corporation, podiatric corporation, or chiropractic corporation. This ruling means that physical therapists in these employment situations may be subject to discipline by the Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC).