National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference

presented by Risk & Insurance

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Physical Therapy Spending

  • Room: South Pacific A-B
  • Session Number: MP1
Wednesday, October 20, 2021: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Susan Emerson
Emerson Claims Advisory
Tim Hassett-Salley
Vice President of Business Development
MTI America
Christopher Edwards
Orthopedic surgeon
Atlanta Neurological and Spine Institute
James Kercher
Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic
Steve Figliuolo
Principal Program Lead
Chick-fil-A Inc.


Claims handlers, managers and nurses arrange Physical Therapy every day for a variety of injuries and conditions but is it always the right way to go? Our session will discuss the injuries or conditions that will benefit most from early intervention with PT and those that may not benefit early on but would best respond to medical treatment and assessment of progress before engaging PT. Attendees will take away a clearer understanding of PT expectations and its role in meeting both return to function and return to work goals. Learn how to talk to the physician and medical team about progress, limitations, ODG recommendations and overall outcomes.


Learning Objectives

• Recognize the three most common injury types and diagnosis that will benefit from early intervention of PT
• Discuss those injuries or conditions that may not benefit from early intervention PT and the other medical management strategies that will offer better results
• Understand Utilization Review, ODG and other regulatory groups that may impact the number of PT visits based on Evidence Based Medicine