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Practice Leadership Podcast: #physicaltherapy Predictions Post-Covid, Part 2

June 4, 2020 • Business • Larry Benz

Dr. Larry Benz, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, MAPP, CEO of Confluent Health, presents the second part of his post-Covid physical therapy predictions.

Recap, Part 1 – listen to Part 1 of this podcast series

  1. Conferences and education will/should change to a hybrid model that allows lecture learning to happen online, reducing the amount of onsite contact
  2. There will be regulatory impacts that will cause higher costs to the clinic
  3. There will be regulatory impacts that will cause higher costs to the clinic
  4. PT staffing models are going to change with the better understanding of labor costs
  5. The financial acumen of the average physical therapy practice is going to need to increase to stay competitive

Part 2

  1. Physical Therapy has to be a part of the health care disparity solution via optimization
  2. Doubling down on non-clinical factors, like therapeutic alliance, empathy, compassion
  3. Refocusing on chronic pain pandemic
  4. Integration of behavioral health into physical therapy
  5. Physical therapy patients need to feel confidently safe at the clinic
  6. The role of physical therapists in public health




Larry Benz

Dr. Larry Benz, DPT, OCS, MBA, MAPP, is the President/CEO of Confluent Health. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in private practice physical therapy and occupational medicine. Dr. Benz’s current areas of interest include conducting research and integrating empathy, compassion, and positive psychology interventions within physical therapy. He released a book on September 15,...

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Sam Ansari

Commented • July 7, 2020

Thank You for the amazing podcast.There's this website about physiotherapy -

Felipe J. Mares, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC/L, CAFS

Commented • June 5, 2020

Great job as usual Larry. I feel like one area not addressed that COVID brought to the forefront is the individual presentation and response to disease and pathology. There was a seemingly endless symptomatology with respect to the corona virus. We saw healthy people get ill and high risk people shed without symptoms (while it was the minority of cases it was a fact of the viral presentation). What does this have do with physical therapy? A big buzz in our physical therapy community is "best-practices" and "evidence-based" care models. What's getting lost is respecting patient's as individuals. How well do our orthopaedic tests really distinguish between similar and dissimilar conditions? What's the "best" exercise for the rotator cuff? I see many posts on social medial being highly critical of sound clinical decisions and treatments just because they may refute a journal article where the findings were taken way out of context. This movement to journal only based care is taking the "art" out of craft. While I am a big advocate of evidence-based care I do not forget that the person in front of me is a mother or a daughter before they are an NNT. When did our patient's only become OMT's or NPRS? Patients are people first, not some by product of a Chi Square analysis. Yes, research is critical but let's not discount that people can have unique physiology outside of their immune system. Please remember: Current best evidence + Patient values + clinical experience = Outcomes. Many great outcomes, Felipe J. Mares, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC/L, CAFS

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