Fighting Against Profits for Referrals

Referral for profit adds to health care costs and can often keep patients from getting the care they need as soon as possible. A previous PT Talker guest, Paul Gaspar, PT, DPT, Owner of Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy and Director of the California Physical Therapy Association joins us once again to provide an update on the legislative efforts underway to protect the rights of physical therapists in the state of California.

California physical therapists were victorious in defeating AB 783 which would have changed the current law and made profit for referral a reality. Had the bill passed physical therapists could work for a doctor-owned office. Although victorious, the victory was bittersweet. The law states it is illegal for a physical therapist to work for a medical corporation in California. Yet, last minute changes to the bill prevent the law from being enforced. Learn more about ongoing legislative efforts fighting for independent physical therapists by listening to the full podcast now.

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  1. Posted January 20, 2012 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    Great interview, Jeff. You’re right, Paul Gaspar is too much of a gentleman to bring up the issue of Mary Hayashi’s felony conviction so thank you for having the courage to do so.

    I can’t imagine a more relevant issue to discuss in a case like this where judgement and credibility are so important.

    The evidence AGAINST POPTS is strong but the rhetoric is equally strong on both sides – this calls for a unbiased decision maker on the legislative or judicial front to lay down the law.

    Unfortunately, Mary Hayashi has demonstrated that she fails the test for both credibility AND judgement.

    Great interview.


  2. Jason Richardson
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Thanks for choosing this important topic for this podcast Jeff. Bravo to Paul for his ongoing efforts in protecting patient choice in CA. Also, I could not say it any better than Tim; that credibility and judgement are essential for reasonable and logical legislative policy. Obviously, assembly woman Mary Hayashi struggles with both.

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