This is a guest post from Paul Gaspar in response to Larry’s recent post about APTA’s ranking of states in terms of being PT friendly.
CA was tied for the 47th rank in business friendliness to PTs. I disagree. It should have been #50. CA is the only state to try to legalize POPTS and give PT jobs away to unqualified personnel. It is also a state which passed 3 new unnecessary regulations/rules with the supposed intent of protecting consumers:
1. A PT may not view a patient who is partially or fully disrobed unless it is completely necessary for that patient’s care. (Don’t worry- a non-practicing bureaucrat or judge will decide on the the standard of care if someone lodges a frivolous complaint). This language was recently accepted into AB 1000 by CPTA! You may ask what that has to do with direct access…..
2. Other new language amended into AB 1000 was that PTs could be considered guilty of unprofessional conduct for billing errors resulting in an overcharge. To my knowledge, there is no other practice act which includes such language. PT companies that handle tens of thousands of charges per year will likely have a small % of billing errors that will place their PTs at risk for license discipline, even if they were mistakenly entered by billing staff.
3. All physical therapists must post a sign or give a handout to patients from the PT Board informing patients as to where complaints against their PT should be lodged in case they are unhappy or dissatisfied with the services rendered. By mentioning that PT aides are not licensed in the posting, it also insinuates they are not qualified to help PTs with tasks PTs appropriately designate to them! Finally, while some businesses in other states may post signs saying, “We have the right to refuse service”, CA PTs are now forced to post signs that insinuate to their patients, “You have the right to shut down our business with a frivolous complaint.” If you think this won’t happen, think again. iPT has knowledge of numerous frivolous and anonymous complaints sent to the PTBC, some of which were lodged on a heresay basis.Since when did PTs become the bad guy, the thief, and/or the ‘Peeping Tom?’
Could this just be another attempt to run small PT business owners out of CA or are they merely justifying the existence of an ever-expanding bureaucracy that serves to raise the cost of doing business, ultimately risking quality of care?
We need a strong group or association with business sense that will look out for us and defend our right to help patients. CPTA is not listening to its members. They are unfortunately a big part of the problem. What say you?