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In this episode of the Functional Freedom Podcast, I’m pleased to welcome Steve Forbush, PT, PhD, OCS to the Functional Freedom Community.  Dr. Forbush has over 30 years of experience as a physical therapist in a variety of clinical settings. Throughout his career Steve has been very active in the American Physical Therapy Association.

Steve stepped out of clinical practice, went back to school and earned his PhD. in order to begin sharing his knowledge and expertise with students and therapists.  He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas, APTA Component President and a principle lecturer for the International Spine and Pain Institute.  Steve and I talk about his professional beginnings, and his journey through private practice to his present teaching appointments.  At the heart of our conversation we discussed his passion for helping therapists being more effective and efficient in helping patients get better.  Dr. Forbush describes the upcoming congressional requirement for outpatient services to change from fee-based to a severity/intensity payment system.  He challenges therapists to evaluate their current model of practice in order to retool for the changes ahead for physical therapists.

More specifically, in this episode you’ll learn about:

  • Medicare severity/intensity payment system for outpatient therapy services
  • The APTA’s proposed Physical Therapy Classification and Payment System
  • The therapist’s mindset and skill set required to thrive in the new payment system
  • Dr. Forbush’s advice on helping patients get better faster and get paid for it
  • The importance of assessing and tracking your patient’s functional progress
  • Practical suggestions on streamlining your functional outcome documentation
  • Setting your patients up for success by your attitude and words
  •  The New Model of Care: Getting People Better

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Thank you Steve!

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