Friday, February 29, 2008

Does APTA Stand Behind it's Positions Or Is It All Rhetoric?

Well today I was one of the tens of thousands of recipients of the PT Bulletin email which in which was noted "This PT Bulletin sponsored by: US Physical Therapy".

A short visit to the US Physical Therapy web site and you will find the following:

U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. ("USPh" or the "Company"), which was founded in 1990, is a publicly held company which operates approximately 350 outpatient physical and/or occupational therapy clinics in 42 states across the United States. The Company's clinics provide post-operative care for a variety of orthopedic-related disorders and sports-related injuries, treatment for neurologically-related injuries, rehabilitation of injured workers and preventative care. In addition to owning and operating clinics, the Company manages several physical therapy facilities for third parties, including physician groups.


Now while I've always found their claims of offering Physical Therapists "partnerships" and that it somehow was "private practice" a bit dubious, the fact that this same company promotes referral for profit practice settings seems to fly in face of our Association's position regarding the same.

This then seems to beg the question why would our Association would allow advertising and accept payment for the same in the Association's publications.  There is a word I think for this type of behavior and it has been flying around the 'Net in reference to certain behaviors.