Leadership Lessons

Debunking the myths that affect the quality of our leadership

By Chris Kopp, PT, DPT

When Impact Magazine inquired if I would be interested in writing an article on leadership I said, “Sure, piece of cake!” However, sometimes tackling a piece of cake can be more complex than we think.

De Novo or Acquisition Growth: Which Option is Best?

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You’re ready to expand your company – should you open a new start-up clinic or look for an acquisition opportunity?

By Janie Taylor, CEO, PT, DPT

You opened a clinic—you have learned the ins and outs of private practice and you’re ready to do it all over again!

Meet The Board

The PPS Board of Directors is made up of leaders from across private practice physical therapy and from around the country. The Board of Directors collaborates with staff and a legion of volunteer committees to execute the strategic plan and serve PPS members.

MIKE HORSFIELD

MIKE HORSFIELD, PT, MBA

President

Bettendorf, IA

What’s a fun fact about you?

Napping is my superpower as well as my favorite hobby.

What’s the most critical issue facing private practice PT?

Rising costs and declining reimbursement is making it more and more difficult to keep our patients vs economics at the center of our care delivery model. We must find ways to eliminate unnecessary administrative burdens and increase payment so our patients get access to the high-level care they deserve.

AMY SNYDER

AMY SNYDER, PT, DPT

Vice President

Milwaukee, WI

What’s a fun fact about you?

I love to cook. It’s my creative outlet. It’s even better when I can entertain and share a meal with friends and family.

What’s the most critical issue facing private practice PT?

I believe that payment and administrative burden remain at the center of our regulatory and legislative concerns. In spite of these factors, the opportunities to better serve our patients and communities continue to propel the success of the physical therapist in business.

STACEY ALBERTS

STACEY ALBERTS, PT, MPT

Secretary

Grinnell, IA

What’s a fun fact about you?

I am weirdly competitive, and I seriously can’t help it. I just hate to lose even more than I want to win. I think it is a survival instinct I learned growing up with three brothers.

What’s the most critical issue facing private practice PT?

There are many, but if I had to choose one, I would say we need collaboration. Collaboration among physical therapists who are willing to stay informed, to advocate, to lead our profession, to teach others, and to forecast for our profession. Our goal for PPS membership is 8,000 engaged, active members. I believe we have the capacity to make each other stronger, and PPS provides that thread that binds us together.

MICHELLE COLLIE

MICHELLE COLLIE, PT, DPT, MS

Treasurer

Providence, RI

What’s a fun fact about you?

I grew up on a sheep farm in New Zealand, and in my spare time I would teach our pet sheep (names included Popcorn, Snowy, and Fleecy) to do tricks. Apparently, this is unique!

What’s the most critical issue facing private practice PT?

Our inability to message the value of our services. We continue to struggle with having a consistent message, a brand, to deliver to consumers, referral sources and payers. A message that truly defines the value our profession is able to deliver as primary care providers.

CRAIG JOHNSON

CRAIG JOHNSON, PT, MBA

Director

Oakdale, MN

What’s a fun fact about you?

I love soccer, played it in high school and college, and much prefer watching it now to American football. I will talk about soccer games if anyone wants to engage.

What’s the most critical issue facing private practice PT?

Our lack of engagement in value-based treatment and payment models. I believe we can elevate our profession and payment if we were more engaged in these models. It is one way that we can become recognized by other providers, patients, and payers.

BILL PFISTER JR

BILL PFISTER JR., PT, DPT

Director

Puyallup, WA

What’s a fun fact about you?

I am a basketball junky. I play, I coach and watch too much on TV. If there was a basketball anonymous group, I would consider joining (just kidding, that would be like quitting and I am not a quitter).

What’s the most critical issue facing private practice PT?

Reimbursement volatility. Facing cuts, whether immediate or delayed, which historically cascades to every payor, creates stress on private practice businesses in particular as it is hard to budget and lead a company based on unknowns.

KELLY SANDERS

KELLY SANDERS, PT, DPT, ATC

Director

Atascadero, CA

What’s a fun fact about you?

I have the same birthday as my brother, but we aren’t twins. My husband Jason and I also share the same birthday. When my brother told us he was getting married, we told her we couldn’t approve since his now-wife doesn’t have the magic birthday.

What’s the most critical issue facing private practice PT?

Payment. Most of the issues we face in our profession could be improved if payment for PT services was stabilized but also increased. We are on an unsustainable course with increased expenses and stagnant to declining payment/revenues.

ALI SCHOOS

ALI SCHOOS, PT

Director

Bellevue, WA

What’s a fun fact about you?

My husband Gil and I took our son Skyler to CSM in Texas when he was 10 days old, as we were both sitting for the OCS exam. Someone took my picture with Skyler swaddled against me in the exhibit hall, and it made it into APTA magazine with Skyler captioned as the youngest attendee.

What’s the most critical issue facing private practice PT?

Persistent downward pressure on reimbursement with increasing administrative burden. We will lose more PTs through low pay and burnout.

ROB WORTH

ROB WORTH, PT, DPT, MS, ATC/L

Director

Appleton, WI

What’s a fun fact about you?

I am allergic to a majority of fruits.

What’s the most critical issue facing private practice PT?

It would be hard not to say that payment is the most critical factor right now. Payment is the fuel for what drives the engines of our practices and our profession. Fortunately, we had several legislative wins recently that at least prevented the majority of payment reductions that could have occurred in 2022. This is a great short-term win within the current payment system, though we have a tremendous opportunity for much bigger long-term wins by leading in the development of value-based payment and alternative payment systems that allow physical therapists to demonstrate our significant positive impact on the total cost of health care through our effective treatments and prevention of unnecessary procedures, surgeries, tests, etc. Private practice PTs as natural innovators are positioned to contribute to this shift in payment paradigms where we are paid for the great value that we bring to our patients and the health care system.

Marketing Physical Therapy for Long COVID

building blocks spelling out Long COVID
By Peter Decoteau

As we move further away from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, global health organizations continue to grapple with the virus’ enduring impact, and the long-term consequences of COVID-19 on the human body are just now coming into clearer focus.

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