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Ancillary Care Executive Publishes Article Challenging the APTA's Long-Standing Position Against Physician-Owned Physical Therapy


Cary Edgar, co-founder and principal of Ancillary Care Solutions (ACS), the nationwide leader in helping health systems and physician groups establish and manage outpatient physical therapy and hand therapy programs, was featured in AAOS Now, a publication of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, analyzing the American Physical Therapy Association's long-standing campaign against physician-owned physical therapy services (or so-called "POPTS"). In his analysis, Edgar:

  • Makes the case that the APTA has misled its membership, the public and others by misconstruing outdated and flawed studies to support its campaign against POPTS;
  • Addresses the most current and reliable study of the differences between the costs of physical therapy in physician groups and private physical therapy practices;
  • Claims that the APTA has misrepresented physician physical therapy referrals as posing a unique and unfair conflict of interest; and
  • Explains what the APTA should do about POPTS if it is truly interested in promoting "evidence-based practice" in accordance with its vision for the future of physical therapy.

“While the rest of health care is moving toward integrated delivery systems with many types of providers coordinating care, the APTA insists that we are all better off being treated by independent physical therapists despite reliable evidence to the contrary,” says Edgar.

You can access the AAOS Now article here.

ACS leverages its financial, operational and regulatory expertise to offer expert physical therapy management support and physical therapy consulting services, ranging from the development and management of new programs to the expansion of existing programs and transformation of underperforming programs.

About Ancillary Care Solutions

Ancillary Care Solutions (ACS) is the nationwide leader in helping healthcare organizations, hospitals and physician groups develop and optimize the performance of physical and occupational therapy programs. In addition to providing financial, operational and compliance solutions that generate a substantial ROI, ACS offers real-time physical and occupational therapy benchmarking, productivity tracking and reporting through its Web-based TherapyWorks solution.

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, ACS currently works with healthcare organizations in more than 25 states. For additional information, visit

Ancillary Care Solutions
Laura Sole, 480-945-6777

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