In Motion Physical Therapy - April 2020

APRIL 2020

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WHAT IS THE VIRGINIA PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION? AND HOW DO THEY EDUCATE PTS AND PROTECT PATIENTS?

You’ve most likely never heard of the VPTA. It’s not a volunteer organization that makes the news too often, but rest assured, we do everything in our power to help physical therapists provide the best possible care for their patients and protect patient access to legitimate physical therapist services at an affordable price. If you’ve ever been a patient at a physical therapy clinic, there’s a chance you’ve been directly affected by the work that the VPTA does. When I first became a more active member, I did so because I wasn’t happy with how state legislation was creating too many barriers for people who needed physical therapy to get the care they needed. I’m happy to see how that’s changed for the better over the years, but the VPTA is still engaged in a constant battle with insurance companies. While they’re supposed to help people better afford health care, many times, they choose to focus more on the financial aspects of care than helping people. For the sake of the people we take care of, we can’t let them do that. Another constant challenge for physical therapists that the VPTA tries to address is the proliferation of unqualified individuals that attempt to sell themselves as the same as a physical therapist. We only want

I think most physical therapists would say that they didn’t get into physical therapy or start their own clinics just to make money. Sure, we need ways to generate income to provide for our families like everyone else, but that’s a normal part of life for everyone. First and foremost, any physical therapist worth visiting became a physical therapist to use their skills to help people heal and work toward healthier lifestyles. April 20 is Volunteer Recognition Day, and in light of that fact, I thought I would highlight one way that I’ve been able to help physical therapists provide better care to their patients and help patients have better access to physical therapy. For the past 13 years, I’ve been an active member of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association (VPTA). VPTA is an affiliate of the American Physical Therapy Association. It’s a state-wide organization led 100% by volunteers with a mission to protect access to patient care, lower the cost of physical therapy for patients, and educate physical therapists across Virginia to provide better care. I’ve been a member of the VPTA for a long time, and I became a more active member in 2007, the year after I opened InMotion Physical Therapy. Since then, I’ve also been chapter president, and I’m currently the legislative chair.

patients to have access to the best possible care by educated and licensed physical therapists. On top of that, we want to provide as many opportunities as possible for physical therapists to educate themselves on the latest research and practices to better serve their patients. If I didn’t need to make money, I would still do my job for free. I love being a physical therapist helping people get back to pain-free living and helping other physical therapists help their patients. While there may be challenges created by insurance companies or other individuals, we do what we can to minimize these insurance challenges, and you will always see a licensed physical therapist if you visit InMotion PT. –Dr. Tom Bohanon

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