With the Affordable Care Act looming over the healthcare industry, many healthcare providers have found it necessary to adapt to the potential changes. Montana physical therapy clinic, Professional Therapy Associates (PTA), expects an increase in patient demand and plans to extend its services by implementing new programs aimed at improving the overall health of its patients. While 60% healthcare providers believe that healthcare reform will negatively impact patient care (1), PTA CEO and owner, Blaine Stimac, is embracing the upcoming changes and is readily preparing to meet the predicted demand and broaden PTA’s reach.
Though physical therapy is the main focus at PTA, Stimac recognizes that it is only one aspect of what his patients need. Stimac, who has been a certified physical therapist for 11 years, says that the future programs are part of the larger picture in adapting to the inevitable changes in healthcare—he has been planning the new programs to help keep his private practice thriving, as well as meet the anticipated need for a variety of health programs.
“Rehabilitation is a strong facet of what we do; however, we want to be a full-service option for our patients,” commented Stimac. “Our new goal is to deliver services that better our patients’ health and address the issues that are preventing them from living an active life.”
The impending services will be largely based on current patient’s feedback and needs. Stimac is already starting to see the trends on preventative health programs and continues to research and record his findings to ensure the most beneficial programs are being delivered.
In addition to implementing wellness programs, PTA has decided to open affiliate offices in 10 locations by 2015.
Two recently opened clinics that are associated with PTA are:
●Polson Physical Therapy, 211-A Main Street, Polson, MT 59860; and
●Lakeside Physical Therapy, 77 Deercreek Road, Somers, MT 59932.
Professional Therapy Associates is also preparing for changes in healthcare delivery by developing skill-building programs which enable the staff to grow as clinicians. PTA’s team of licensed physical therapists will continue to stay current on the latest techniques and practices through continuing education and an internal fellowship program.
Both of the new physical therapy clinics will offer the same services as are currently offered by the existing locations, including sports medicine, health and wellness programs, spine programs, and post-op rehabilitation.
PTA provides Flathead Valley residents free consultations at every location. These free consultations are offered to all local residents who are experiencing discomfort in their joints, limited range of motion, muscle weakness, lack of balance or other medical conditions.
Consultations are performed by licensed physical therapists, who will answer questions about health issues, pain and treatment. Interested individuals may schedule a free consultation by registering online at http://www.ptflathead.com/free-consultation.
To learn more about the physical therapy services provided by Professional Therapy Associates, visit http://www.ptflathead.com.