October 2012

Foundation funds PT referral research

The Foundation for Physical Therapy in Alexandria, VA, has awarded Georgetown University economist and Professor of Public Policy Jean Mitchell, PhD, a $300,000 high-impact research grant to study the influence of physical therapy referral characteristics and practices on quality, cost effectiveness, and utilization patterns.

Mitchell will analyze data from multiple sources to deter- mine whether initiation of physical therapy differs for physicians who have established self-referral arrangements versus those who do not self-refer; whether the composition of physical therapy treatments differs between these two groups; and whether there is a higher overall cost associated with physical therapy self-referral arrangements.

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