Episode 73: Setting the Record Straight Between Employers and Employees

For those of us who have gone from employee to employer, it’s a bit unfair that we have to contend with new grads who have been given the impression from academia that it’s “buyer beware” when accepting an out-patient physical therapy position. The impression sometimes given off from academia is that being a private practice owner is sometimes motivated by greed contributing to the willingness to bend the rules by imposing unethical standards or productivity goals that encourage unethical behavior. This has not been my experience. 

Today we’re talking about a PT in Motion article about a survey that states that too much focus on productivity, increases the risk of unethical behavior. Listen to learn about why this is misleading and how researchers got it wrong and why we need to bridge the gap between employers and employees.

Episode at a glance:

  • The survey mentions shows that 60% of survey responders found that productivity goals were found to be high or too high, 53% said the productivity goals were either difficult or very difficult to reach; and only 13% of schools systems had productivity goals at all. 
  • We should be tracking the volume of care delivered, as well as clinical efficiency and patient outcomes. 
  • It is the job of the therapist to deliver the best care possible in the most efficient and effective manner so that they can help as many people as they can.
  • Goals are intended to be challenging and held to high standards otherwise you’re measuring mediocrity. You will measure those pieces within your life that are important to you. 
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