Craig Johnson, PT, MBA
This model has been accepted as part of the initial review for Innovation Summit 2.0. This proposal team will participate in the May workshop where they will receive valuable feedback from researchers and other clinicians. It will then be submitted for further review and for the chance to receiving funding and in-kind services to advance their model and promote the impact of physical therapy in the health care environment. Below is a brief description of the model.
We believe that the timing of physical therapist services is a critical factor in determining cost in the workers compensation system, such that early or direct access is safe and can demonstrate cost savings to the system. We are proposing a pilot program that demonstrates direct access to physical therapist services by injured workers for conditions involving the lumbar spine will show value to the worker, employer, payer, and provider. Such a pilot program would reorient the timing of care of the injured worker towards direct access to physical therapist services, yet be multidisciplinary and in collaboration with other medical providers. The key objectives include a reduction in the overall episode cost, both medical and indemnity per claim; reduction in lost work days; demonstration that direct access to physical therapist services is a safe model of delivery; and gather data for future efforts in legislative changes regarding clinical pathway and payment.