Protecting the Value of Physical Therapy: An Interview with Peter Jordan, PT

Physical therapy offers immense value to patients and the healthcare system as a whole. As a patient-preferred approach for addressing injury, chronic pain, or restricted mobility, physical therapy has been shown to reduce Medicare spending, prevent senior falls, and offer a clinically proven alternative to opioid treatments.  

Yet, despite the important role that physical therapy plays in rehabilitation, pain management, and injury prevention, our community is once again facing severe Medicare cuts.

APTQI spoke with U.S. Physical Therapy’s Nashville-based Peter Jordan, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, COMT, about the importance of physical therapy and the impact of continued Medicare cuts on the profession:

What does it mean to you to be a physical therapist?

How would you describe the current landscape of the physical therapy profession?

We know that physical therapists face more Medicare payment cut in 2023. What will this cut mean for your practice?

If you could share one message with Congress and the general public about what it is like to be in the physical therapy profession right now, what would it be?

Medicare cuts risk undercutting seniors’ access to the safe, effective, and vital care they need. 

Fortunately, Congress is working to block these cuts.

The bipartisan Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2022 would block the troubling cut related to mandatory budget neutrality adjustments by providing an additional 4.42% to the conversion factor for 2023. By helping stabilize physician and specialty practices, this legislation is the critical lifeline outpatient offices need to keep their doors open and, ultimately, ensure Medicare beneficiaries’ continued access to the high-quality care they need.

Urge your Member of Congress to co-sponsor this vital legislation and support its passage before the end of the year!