We’ll just call this Selena Unleashed part 1 (because I know there’s a part 2 brewing). Buckle in for the ride… Just as I feel fun and run really shouldn’t be used together, ancillary physical therapy services shouldn’t be used together.
If I take the definition of ancillary, what do I get? Supplementary… of secondary importance… and servant.
- Do physical therapists truly supplement a physician office visit? Heck no! In quite a few cases a physician office visit is an extraneous factor. Physical therapists can independently deliver or supervise physical therapy services. Vitamin D supplements calcium. Without Vitamin D, calcium absorption is limited. Physical therapists don’t help physicians be more effective. Physical therapists can make a physician look good in the eyes of a patient. From a patient’s perspective, there isn’t anything better than getting back to life. The patient may credit the physician for the good recommendation. The patient wouldn’t say a physical therapist was supplemental to the outcome. If a physical therapist doesn’t provide physical therapy services supplementary to a physician’s services, ancillary just isn’t the right term.
- Are physical therapists of secondary importance? So, let’s pretend physical therapists didn’t exist. The physician or surgeon keeps the person alive. Breathing and having a body in one piece is a good thing… a good first step and highly important. There you go… you got your body and you’re breathing. Job well done! <physician patting self on back> Is that what patients want? Is that what organizations want? I’d say from an inpatient hospital perspective no… saving $818,000 in a year isn’t some ancillary service.
- Are physical therapists servants? I never grew up with servants, but I’ve watched a few shows with them. What strikes me is the relationship between the master and the servant. The master demonstrates and describes in detail the activities the servant is to accomplish. The servant doesn’t think and just does. The things the servant does typically become routine in nature and automatic. Have you ever experienced a physician who could vividly describe and accurately demonstrate activities for a treatment session? Is a physical therapist on autopilot during the day doing a routine with every single patient and not needing to think? This just doesn’t fit servant, does it? Again, reality doesn’t fit the term ancillary.
Physical therapists are practitioners.