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Samaritan Health Promotes Physical Therapy as Alternative to Opioids

The small Corvallis health insurer and CCO has removed the barriers for physical and occupational therapy for its members, hoping that by getting out of the way, patients will be more inclined to use this service and less dependent on opioid medications.

The epidemic of narcotic medication addiction and abuse is opening the door for a more hands-on approach to treating pain: physical therapy.

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

Regence BlueCross BlueShield’s Decision Leads to Friction Among Physical Therapists

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Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Regence, the state’s largest health insurer, has chosen a for-profit company based in South Carolina to manage physical therapy visits, which has irritated that provider community.

A rift is brewing between physical therapists in private practice and their state association after Regence BlueCross BlueShield signed a contract with an out-of-state company to manage patient care.

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