Let’s Take Control of Our Profession

The other day, I was thinking about the APTA and wondering how many of you guys are members. In this post, I wanted to chat about how we can take control over our profession, even when it feels like CashPT isn’t supported.

I work for patients, not insurance companies. In a practical sense, that means that I don’t market to physicians. I have talked about this for six years and have been practicing it for ten. In 2015, I submitted a talk to CSM so I could help others understand how I was successful in this model. There was a lot of push-back—many thought by choosing the hashtag “NoMDs,” I meant that physicians shouldn’t be involved at all in the patient’s journey. (Which is absolutely not true. All I meant was that we should market to patients first.) I haven’t been able to speak at CSM since.

How do we fix this? How do we help change the mindset that CashPT is dirty or unethical?

We’ve got a couple choices. We can either all leave the APTA, or we can all join and ask for leadership positions to change it from the inside out. The biggest problem is our articles and presentations will continue to not get approved unless we have other CashPT providers in the organization supporting us.

We’ve got a responsibility to create our own futures. In-network is dying, and we’re ahead of the curve. If we want change, we have to participate.

Comment “I’m in!” below if you are a member of the APTA. I want to know!

 

 

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Aaron LeBauer PT, DPT, LMBT started a 100% cash based physical therapy practice right after graduation. He's on a mission to save 100 million people from unnecessary surgery & enjoys helping passionate therapists build successful businesses without relying on insurance.

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