KNBC Writes a Balanced Story About POPTS – Hayashi and AB 783 Have No Chance If the Facts Matter

June 18, 2011

A great story finally told by KNBC Los Angeles about the Corruption of POPTS and referral for profit. Here are some of the quotes. “It runs up hundreds of millions of dollars per year for services that are substandard,” said Paul Gaspar, a spokesman and activist for independent therapists like himself. “It will run up [...]

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San Diego PT Clinic Closing Yet POPTS Clinics Have a 4 Week Wait for Patients to Get In…

June 16, 2011

STOP POPTS recently had a conversation with a San Diego independent practice owner, Michael Levas, PT that is facing the closure of his 5th of 6 clinics. He shared with us that a couple of patients have called his office because the orthopedic surgeons, that referred them to their own POPTS clinic, can’t get in [...]

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Your Last Hope to STOP POPTS – Speak Out Against AB 783 Now!

June 15, 2011

Monday, June 13th AB 783, Mary Hayashi’s bill that is meant to legalize an illegal business arrangement,  was defeated 4 abstentions, 2 No, and 3 Yes votes (as a reminder, it takes 5 Yes votes for a bill to pass through Business and Professions Committee).  However, it was granted reconsideration.  That means that it can [...]

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Unity of the CA Profession Against POPTS and AB 783

June 10, 2011

Just a reminder – with two emails to the CPTA membership, we got a tremendous response!

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BIG NEWS: STOP POPTS Uncovers DCA Legal Documents

May 13, 2011

3 MONTHS AGO THE DCA LEGAL COUNSEL CONCLUDED: “It is evident from the applicable statutes that the Physical Therapy Board of California has jurisdiction over physical therapists and is empowered to enforce obedience to its regulations and all statutes governing the corporate practice of physical therapy.  Consequently, it our opinion that a physical therapist may [...]

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CA Private Practice Group/CPTA Take Round One of the Physical Therapy Direct Access Bill Opposed by CMA/COA

May 4, 2011

How could physical therapists possibly win?  The California Medical Association, California Orthopedic Association, and California Chiropractic Association (along with their army of 5 additional lobbyist on top of their current staff lobbyists), were all present Monday, May 2nd in attempts to kill SB 924 – the physical therapy direct access bill authored by Senators’ Walters [...]

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AB 783: Physicians Choose Profits Over Patients

April 27, 2011

In this article the doctor openly states: Adding physical therapy often increases the practice’s profits. “When you have your own employees, it’s easier to do program development and risk management,” says Mr. Blom. When the doctors mean risk management, they mean the right to fire a physical therapist on the spot if they don’t see [...]

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More Support Against AB 783 with Editorial Letters

April 26, 2011

Assembly Bill 783 would change current California law prohibiting the unsavory practice of self-referral for profit. The bill needs to be defeated for several reasons: 1. It would eliminate patient choice by having physicians control access to physical therapy services other than those owned by medical corporation. 2. Result in a substandard quality of care [...]

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Is This Hypocrisy?

April 22, 2011

Press Release The California Medical Association opposes hospital efforts to employ physicians while pushing to legalize physician employment of physical therapists SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — So which is it?  That’s what California physical therapists want to know. The powerful lobbying group, the California Medical Association (CMA), is coming out strongly against legislation, [...]

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Note to Orthopaedists-Thanks for coming out and admitting it. You want to control the physical therapy profession to make more money!

April 18, 2011

It’s the same old story.  A behavior that’s as old as mankind itself – greed and entitlement.  Two characteristics the POPTS doctors aren’t too ashamed to publicly admit either. Consider this article – http://www.orthosupersite.com/view.aspx?rid=82544 Here are some statements from it: The game is changing; We have a revenue problem The answer has to be to [...]

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The Orthopedists Can’t Keep It a Secret – Owning the Physical Therapy Profession is About the Money

April 14, 2011

I’m In It For The Money – So The Doctors Say in this Article – “The game is changing; We have a revenue problem” say the doctors! Physician management and close physician involvement in day-to-day operations are keys to profitability, according to Carlos A. Prietto, MD, a partner and orthopedic surgeon at Orthopaedic Specialty Institute [...]

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Traveling Way Too Far for Physical Therapy-If AB 783 Passes, More Patient Abuse will Occur

April 14, 2011

There was a good story published in the Merced Sun: Physical therapists criticize bill in Assembly Proposal would formally allow doctors to employ them in-house. By YESENIA AMARO In the story the physical therapists that they interviewed correctly indicate that doctors don’t due what’s in the best interest of the patient if they own a [...]

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If AB 783 passes – Here is the future of physical therapy in California courtesy of the CMA and Mary Hayashi – Please Listen

April 14, 2011

Mary Hayashi and the CMA claim it’s because of other issues – wrong!  It’s all about the money! This is what your Grandparents, Mom, Dad, Spouse, or Child can look forward to if they go to a doctor that owns their physical therapy practice.  Medicare Policy Advisory Committee studies prove it, the federal Office of [...]

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Kaiser PTs May Have Been Misled?

April 13, 2011

If you didn’t hear, AB 783 passed out of Mary Hayashi’s committee 9 votes to 0. Disillusioned Kaiser physical therapists, undoubtedly threatened or incentivized  by CMA doctors,  testified stating if POPTS were made illegal, they would lose their jobs.  This is simply not true.   AB 783 has no impact on Kaiser physical therapists.  Last Tuesday’s [...]

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What California Could Do with $233,000,000 if Legislators Voted No on AB 783

March 30, 2011

The term pork barrel politics usually refers to spending that is intended to benefit constituents of a politician in return for their political support, either in the form of campaign contributions or votes – wikipedia.org We all know that California is going through a massive budget crisis.  It’s a fact that all kinds of programs [...]

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Multiple Media Outlets Care about Referral for Profit Abuse Issue

March 29, 2011

March 2011 Media Stories – Opposition to Assembly Bill 783 Will Assembly Bill Help or Hurt Physical Therapists? – Thursday, March 3, 2011 By David Gorn Paul Gaspar is pretty upset. A physical therapist in the San Diego area and a board member of the California Physical Therapists Association, Gaspar said a bill recently introduced [...]

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San Bernardino Sun Calls Referral for Profit Like It Is-Double Dipping

March 23, 2011

Doctors can double, triple, even quadruple dip with a patient. Here’s an example.  Patient comes in with back pain. Dip 1: patient is diagnosed and treated by the doctor. Dip 2: patient is referred to the doctor’s own physical therapy practice. Referral for profit! We haven’t even mentioned MRI, lab work or the drug dispensary. [...]

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Annie was caught in a Referral for Profit Nightmare

March 18, 2011

Here is a sad example of a woman that got caught in the referral for profit system and the doctors simply wouldn’t help her. Imagine if this was your mother or grandmother that was really depending upon one of these doctors and had no other support system? According to Arnold S Relman, MD, former editor [...]

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Last Post on Hayashi’s Deceptive Jobs Argument-Game Over

March 11, 2011

Here are the facts regarding physical therapy jobs and POPTS. The results and conclusions of a classic study1 about what goes on it a physician owned physical therapy clinic (POPTS) are as follows: Licensed physical therapists and licensed therapist assistants employed in non-joint venture facilities spend about 60% more time per visit treating physical therapy [...]

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The Smoking Gun-Orthopedic Doctor Consultant Laughs About Putting Private Practices Out of Business

March 9, 2011

Listen to this audio reference for a true understanding of the motives behind physician owned physical therapy services.  Profits before patients. In this presentation he states: There is some good news…having athletic trainers do PT and charging CPT codes for their services. [regarding this Kentucky case] The appellate court  ruled against it and the Supreme [...]

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AB 783 and AB 374 use “Appeal to Fear” in Hopes of Perpetuating the Abuse

March 9, 2011

An appeal to fear (also called argumentum ad metum or argumentum in terrorem) is a fallacy in which a person attempts to create support for an idea by using deception and propaganda in attempts to increase fear and prejudice toward a competitor. The appeal to fear is common in marketing and politics. 1. The CMA/Hayashi [...]

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80 percent employed in medical corporations-please quit the deception

March 4, 2011

In Mary Hayashi’s deceptive rebuttal website release (to both the CA Private Practice Group and CPTA’s press releases) she simply avoids the truth. The misinformation: State licensing figures show that about four in five PTs are employed by medical groups, with the rest in private practice. The APTA, the nation’s largest organized body of physical [...]

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CPTA Calls CMA and Hayashi Out on False Claims

March 3, 2011

California Physical Therapy Association Refutes the Necessity of AB 783 to Preserve Jobs SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Claims that Assembly Bill 783 (Hayashi-D) is necessary to save jobs or preserve a physical therapist’s license made by the author and the California Medical Association (CMA) are nothing more than a smokescreen contends the [...]

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Author of AB 783 Claims the Bill Saves Jobs…NOT!

March 3, 2011

In Mary Hayashi’s deceptive rebuttal website release (to both the CA Private Practice Group and CPTA’s press releases) she simply avoids the truth. Here are some quotes that are just wrong.  It’s hard to believe that she would go this far to deceive the public: Hayashi statement: “This bill is necessary to save jobs…” StopPOPTS [...]

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This Patient Testimonial Dispels the POPTS Propaganda You Hear From Those That Put Profits Before Patients-AKA POPTS Doctors

March 2, 2011

Here are some of the misleading, deceptive arguments that the doctors make in favor of referral for profit. POPTS Doctors: Listener Discretion is Advised-We’re Uncovering the Truth about the ABUSE*!!! The “better communication” argument.  Doctor tells patient “if you see my therapist the communication will be better”–completely trashed here in this interview. The “continuity of [...]

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POPTS-it’s all about the money. Interview with physical therapy practice owner demonstrates this

March 1, 2011
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Stop POPTS – now on YouTube

February 27, 2011

We are now on YouTube! Click here to view our channel. We will be pushing out regular updates there as well. Stop the Madness-California cannot afford to overpay for bad care! ** Use of YouTube (TM) logo does not imply endorsement by YouTube (TM) or Google, Inc. We are not affiliated in any way with [...]

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Interestingly Enough, CMA is Hayashi’s Largest Campaign Contributor

February 27, 2011

Here’s Some Compelling Evidence If you look at Mary Hayashi’s campaign contributions you will see compelling evidence as to why she has run AB 783 and AB 374.  Click here for details. This is a assault on licensed physical therapy professionals in California.  Look below at who contributed and you will see indisputable evidence that [...]

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California Physical Therapy Association Speaks Out Against AB 783

February 25, 2011

In a strong demonstration of support, the California Physical Therapy Association announces today their opposition of AB 783! California PT Notes An electronic memo produced by the California Physical Therapy Association AB 783 (Hayashi) Professional Corporations: Licensed Physical Therapists AB 783 would legalize the employment of physical therapists by physicians and podiatrists in their professional [...]

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You should be ashamed Dr. Moore! Well known physical therapist rebuts podiatrist’s advice to start referral for profit clinics

February 25, 2011

Fran Welk, PT wrote a very articulate piece in response to the podiatrist article here which was referenced in this post here. Dr. Moore stresses that providing such services can improve your “bottom line” and that the profit potential is mostly dependent on the number of referrals the investor directs to his or her physical [...]

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Across the nation-many are interested in POPTS and the CPPSIG press release about Mary Hayashi’s Bills

February 25, 2011

Here are some of the organizations that have picked up the press release: CNBC Daily Finance PR Newswire Let us know if you notice other media outlets that have picked this story up.  Feel free to post a comment.

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For Immediate Release – Assembly Bill Enables Doctor ‘Kickbacks’ at the Expense of Patients

February 23, 2011

Physical therapists say patients will suffer if MDs are allowed to refer patients for profit SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Hundreds of physical therapists in California vowed today to aggressively fight a bill recently introduced that allows physicians to profit from referring patients to physical therapy services owned by the doctors. AB 783, [...]

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POPTS doctors claim continuity of care is why the own physical therapists – Dan confirms it’s for profits not better patient care

February 22, 2011

An interview with a patient, Dan who can compare and contrast POPTS (substandard care) with an independent practice (high quality care). A few things to note (and we apologize for the quality – it wasn’t the best but the story is a shameful accounting of POPTS): 1. in the POPTS clinic they left the rehab [...]

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The First Try to Legalize “Kickbacks” – AB 1152

February 20, 2011

It all started in 2003 when the Moscone-Knox Act was adapted allowing ONLY naturopaths to employ physical therapists.  In 2009, the California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA), wanting to get in on the “kickbacks”, asked the Department of Consumer Affairs if it was possible to employ physical therapists.  The response from the Dept of Consumer Affairs [...]

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CA PT Board Starts to Take Action Against Law Breakers

February 19, 2011

Attorneys , CA Legislative Counsel, and now the CA PT Board are all on the same page.  The letters are going out.  “A physical therapist who knowingly provides physical therapy services, as an employee of a corporation organized under the Moscone-Knox Professional Corporations Act to practice medicine, is subject to discipline by the Board for [...]

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1700% markup on drugs prescribed – we have to stop the behavior

February 17, 2011

Here’s yet more evidence of the parasitic behavior that is costing Californians billions. Drugs that are marked up by as much as 1700%  for Work Comp patients according to this report – click here This is unsustainable behavior in the use of: Physical Therapy Drugs dispensed in the office Unnecessary imaging You can start to [...]

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Interview with Former POPTS Physical Therapist Confirms the Kickback Corruption

February 16, 2011

What follows are excerpts from an interview done with a physical therapist that used to work at a physician owned physical therapy practice.  His answers refute many of the reasons doctors cite as to why they own a physical therapy practice and also confirm our worst nightmare – physicians put their own profits before patient [...]

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Physical Therapist Tells the Real Story-It’s About Making Money NOT Patient Care

February 15, 2011

A courageous physical therapist tells all – the doctor he worked for didn’t care about the patients.   After this physical therapist left, that doctor then hired assistants to illegally provide care.  It was all about the money. I know it is hard to believe that doctors would put money before patient care.  Certainly all of [...]

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States Wising Up to the Corruption

February 10, 2011

In Maryland, the state appeals court held its ground affirming a 2007 decision by a lower court prohibiting physician self-referral of patients for radiation therapy, MRIs and CT scans. The latest ruling is viewed by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and others as preserving strong patient protection against abusive physician self-referrals. “Today’s ruling [...]

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Listen to Senator Aanestad Calling Out the CMA for its Hypocrisy

February 8, 2011

Disingenuous – lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere.  Clearly a term that described the California Medical Association’s support of AB 1152.   www.dictionary.com California State Senator Aanestad, an oral surgeon himself, recognized that this was all about the money and called them on it too.

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More evidence of referral for profit

February 4, 2011

If you own a specialty hospital or an outpatient center, you’ve got to pay for it right? Even at the expense of unnecessary surgeries. Don’t take if from me. Read the data. Here’s yet another example of kickback behavior. Jean Mitchell, PhD demonstrates this in here 2010 study. Here’s here conclusion: “The consistent finding of [...]

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And more evidence of kickbacks

February 3, 2011

When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail right?   When you own a hospital, everyone looks like a patient.  Yet another study that demonstrates kickbacks by Jean Mitchell, PhD: Physician ownership of specialty hospitals altered the frequency of use for an array of procedures rendered to patients treated at these hospitals. Given the growth [...]

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And another one…it’s getting old…and very expensive too

February 2, 2011

Jean Mitchell, PhD  has uncovered a big problem that’s costing consumers billions.  Here’s another reference.  It seems the likelihood you will have a expensive procedure doesn’t depend on your condition or your age.  Rather, it depends on where you live.  If you go to a specialty hospital in the Midwest, break out your checkbooks. Here’s [...]

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Wall Street Journal – Yet Another Story of a Physician Alledgedly Abusing the System

February 18, 2010

Case and point – physician billing for physical therapy in the Wall Street Journal – Dec 22, 2010. Regarding what this doctor calls physical therapy: “The regimen of physical therapy Dr. Wayne said he usually provided—30 minutes each of heat packs, massage, electrical stimulation and ultrasound…” This type of abuse is common practice: “Dr. Wayne [...]

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Talking Points for Your Legislators

February 16, 2010

It’s important to know the facts and share them with your legislators in a clear and concise manner. The APTA’s Referral For Profit Guide is an excellent white paper on this cancer that plagues our consumers, profession and state.  Click here for the guide.

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