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Physical Therapists Testify that Coercive Self-Referrals Common at Health Systems

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The independent physical therapists, testifying with Sen. Shields in a flagging attempt to tighten self-referral laws, said physicians at Legacy and OHSU had badgered patients into using in-house therapists before relenting to patient choice. Outright cancellation of referrals and threats of dropping patients from care were alleged at a Beaverton clinic.

Physical therapists testified Friday before the House Health Committee that Legacy Health, Oregon Health & Science University and other hospital systems continue to flout the self-referral law passed in 2013, and are coercing patients into using in-house therapists in an attempt to increase t

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