APTA released a first annual Best States to Practice (side note: this analysis as best I can tell is only available for members which are estimated to be about 30% of practicing PT’s). Of course, these types of lists are arrived at in many ways and this analysis is no different. The criteria they used were those deemed as traits that health care professionals say are important. Per their report, the six methods of evaluating best states based on equal weighting include:
To be fair, APTA can use any criteria that they want even if using PT and student engagement with APTA as one of the main 5 is a little self serving. When all factors are weighted equally and business and practice-friendliness is only one of the 5, I am having a hard time finding anything useful from the efforts to produce this (spoiler alert: Utah finished well above Colorado).
From a private practice perspective, you would have to weigh business and practice friendliness above any other but what other factors should be considered? Reimbursement climate? Disallowance of referral for profit? (not sure how California would come out on that one), Payment for direct access? Active population that frequently accesses PT? I am not sure but willing to take a stab at crowdsourcing.
Please email or text what states would bode well for private practice physical therapy and any criteria that you see as an important part of a full assessment. I assure you that any analysis we perform will be fully accessible!