Any time you can get a group of physical therapists together for some one-on-one time with an influential U.S. Senator, a friend of the physical therapy profession, no less, nothing but good can come of it.
Vantage Clinical Solutions founder and CEO, Tannus Quatre, helped make this happen here in Bend for nearly 25 Oregon PTs, much thanks to our friend Diana Godwin, executive director and legal counsel with the Oregon Physical Therapists in Independent Practice.
Diana made it possible for nearly 25 area physical therapists to hold a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) on Sunday, June 14, providing an incredible opportunity for local PTs to pick the brain of, and share thoughts, ideas and concerns with, the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. The intimate fundraising brunch, during which PTs discussed issues regarding therapy cap legislation, Medicare, and patient/PT empowerment with the Senator, was held at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend.
“Senator Wyden has long been a champion of medical care for America’s seniors, and as the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Wyden advocates tirelessly for needed reforms to the Medicare system,” Diana said.
Such needed reforms identified by physical therapists across the country include a repeal of the Medicare therapy cap and the approved use of locum tenens.
“Wyden has remained in our corner not just in Oregon, but across the country,” said Tannus, a licensed physical therapist and co-host of the fundraising event. “This was our chance to share our continued thoughts, ideas and concerns with him, keeping the pedal to the metal, so to speak.”
Physical therapists in attendance furthered the discussion by asking questions that delved deeper into challenges presented by Medicare as it stands today, such as how such policies can interfere with not just reimbursement and care options, but also long-term innovation by private practice physical therapists.Following a period of casual meet-and-greet, Senator WydenÂ “addressed attendees about his vision for the future of health care” a system that removes barriers inhibiting true patient choice. Discussing Medicare specifically, Wyden said he believes the program should offer such choice by ensuring patients are fully able to access the services they need through any and all state-licensed health care providers, including physical therapists.
“The opportunity for our physical therapists in Central Oregon to meet with the Senator on a Sunday morning and have him listen to our concerns and suggestions for improving our ability to provide better care for our Medicare patients is,Â as they say in the credit card commercial,Â priceless,” Diana said following the event.