Clinician……but “Got Goods?”

In my last post I mentioned the concerning fact that some
first-professional students were still unable to performing basic examination
and intervention skills upon graduation. These new graduates needed time to “acclimate” to functioning at
full-capacity in a busy clinical environment (on the company dime, of course). While concerning, this problem usually
remedies itself fairly quickly with mentorship…

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Any Willing Provider Law

Recently in Arkansas the Any Willing Provider Law was upheld forcing our ArkansasBCBS to open up the network to PTs. Prior to this one had to be a providerfor one of the Baptist Health Systems outpatient PT clinics. I call themHOPTs. These compete directly with private practices in our community but,with financial incentives (less out-of-pocket- xpense for…

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Practice Variation Epidemic

Practice variation, practice variation, and more practice variation. It doesn’t matter where in medicine you look – surgery, primary care, physical therapy, chiropractic, etc. – there is plenty of variability to go around.  The question is ‘Why?’. Among other things, the answer is a combination of perverse incentives, ignorance of evidence, and stubborn refusal to follow known evidence. In some…

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Vision 2020 – We Are Not the Only Ones

The APTA is not the only one with a Vision 2020. Check out Vision 2020 for primary care.
‘It includes automatic and affordable health insurance for all, access
to care, patient-centered care, information-driven care that is based
on scientific evidence and supported by clinical information systems,
and commitment to quality improvement and betterment of health outcomes
by everyone…

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Where is all the exercise equipment?

Just back from the PPS meeting in Phoenix.  I echo Rob’s comments-great meeting organization, great section leadership, and great content.  I had to miss the past few years and I will certainly make the meeting a priority.
I had a conversation this morning with my good friend and noted author/teacher, master clinician, former program Chair…

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