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On this episode of the Healthy, Wealthy & Smart Podcast, I welcome Dr. Theresa Marko, PT, DPT, OCS, to talk about advocacy efforts in physical therapy. Dr. Marko is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic physical therapist & Certified Early Intervention Specialist with over 20 years of experience. She is the owner of Marko Physical Therapy, a private practice in New York City, specializing in orthopedics, adolescents, and pediatrics.

In this episode, we discuss:

-Her path to advocacy

-Federal Bills that are important RIGHT NOW: 9% Cut, Telehealth permanence, Student loan Debt

-State vs. Federal Advocacy 

-Traditional Advocacy vs Armchair Advocacy

-Key Contact: APTA & PPS

-Social Media importance: AMPLIFY, Access, Recognizable, Find others

Resources:

Dr. Marko on Twitter

Dr. Marko on Instagram

Dr. Marko on Facebook

Dr. Marko on LinkedIn

Advocacy is not a Spectator Sport

A big thank you to Net Health for sponsoring this episode! Learn more about the Redoc Patient Portal here. 

More about Dr. Theresa Marko: 

Theresa Marko Dr. Theresa Marko, PT, DPT, MS is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic physical therapist & Certified Early Intervention Specialist with over 20 years of experience. She is the owner of Marko Physical Therapy, a private practice in New York City, specializing in orthopedics, adolescents, and pediatrics. She has helped thousands of people to overcome injuries, optimize their movement, and return them to work and sports pain free and better than ever.

When she is not caring for patients, Dr. Marko can be found in legislative offices in Washington, D.C. or Albany, New York. She is passionate about making a change in healthcare and has made advocacy a cornerstone of her practice. For over five years, and hundreds of hours, she has lobbied on behalf of her patients and her profession on topics such as repealing the Medicare cap, reducing student loan debt burden, and lowering copays. She forms public policy priorities as part of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Public Policy & Advocacy Committee, the advisory council for the board of directors of the association. In 2020, she was awarded the prestigious Doreen Frank Legislative Award, given to only one person a year, by the New York Physical Therapy Association for her outstanding advocacy work.

Dr. Marko’s expertise is featured in The Wall Street Journal, PopSugar Fitness, Self, Cosmopolitan, Muscle and Fitness, Business Insider, LiveStrong, and Healthline. She has spoken at Columbia University, Duke University, & Touro College about patient and physical therapy advocacy. She was recently appointed to the editorial board of SpineUniverse as the first and only physical therapist on the board. 

She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband of 13 years and her French Bulldog, Rondo.  

Read the Full Transcript below:

Speaker 1 (00:07):

Welcome to the healthy, wealthy, and smart podcast. Each week we interview the best and brightest in physical therapy, wellness, and entrepreneurship. We give you cutting edge information. You need to live your best life. Healthy, wealthy, and smart. The information in this podcast is for entertainment purposes only, and should not be used as personalized medical advice. And now here’s your host, dr. Karen Litzy podcast. I’m your host today’s episode

Speaker 2 (00:40):

Is brought to you by net health. So net health has created the reduct patient portal, which provides a secure line of communication between you and your patients. You can use it for video conferencing for tele-health for secure messaging, to respond to non urgent questions from patients. You can share documents and photos, and your patients have 24 seven secure on demand access to their therapy, health information without phone calls and voice messages. If you want to learn more about the Redarc patient portal, contact them at redox that’s R E D O c@nethealth.com. Now on to today’s episode, we’re going to be talking all about advocacy for the profession of physical therapy. And I couldn’t think of a better person to have as my guest to talk about advocacy. Then the 2020 Doreen Frank legislative award winner, which is given to only one person a year by the New York physical therapy association for outstanding work in advocacy, dr.

Speaker 2 (01:44):

Theresa Marko, she’s a board certified orthopedic physical therapist and certified early intervention specialist with over 20 years of experience. She’s the owner of Marco physical therapy, a private practice in New York city, specializing in orthopedics, adolescents, and pediatrics. She has helped thousands of people to overcome injuries, optimize their movement and return them to work in sport pain-free and better than ever when she’s not caring for patients. Dr. Marco can be found in the legislative offices in Washington, DC or Albany for over five years and hundreds of hours. She has lobbied on behalf of her patients and the profession on topics such as repealing the Medicare cap, reducing student loan, debt burden, and lowering copays. She forms public policy priorities as part of the AP TA’s public policy and advocacy committee. The advisory council for the board of directors, her expertise has been featured in the wall street journal, PopSugar fitness, self Cosmo, muscle, and fitness business, insider live strong and health line.

Speaker 2 (02:45):

She has spoken at Columbia university, Duke university and Touro college, and she was recently appointed to the editorial board of spine universe as the first and only physical therapist on the board. So what are we talk about? So today we’re talking about her path to advocacy and how you can get involved and why advocacy is so important. The federal bills that are important right now, which includes a 9% cut to Medicare, very important, call your legislator, tell them not to do that. The difference between state and federal advocacy, how to find your legislators and find out what Theresa calls, armchair advocacy, what key contacts are, social media around advocacy. And so, so much more. So this is a great episode. If you are at all, considering getting involved in advocacy efforts, then you’re going to want to listen to this whole thing. Theresa gives a lot of really easy ways to get involved. So thanks to Theresa and everyone enjoy,

Speaker 3 (03:49):

Hey, Theresa, welcome to the podcast. I’m happy to have you on. Thanks for having me, Karen. Yeah, absolutely. And today we’re going to be talking all about advocacy. This is one of your specialties. So you’ve been involved in advocacy around the American physical therapy association for the profession of physical therapy. For many years, you’re a mentor to many up sort of younger physical therapists and physical therapists. Who’ve been around for a while, but are just new to advocacy. So why don’t you give the listeners a little bit more about why this is one of your passions? Sure. So I didn’t start out on this path and this is not something that I thought I would be involved in. There’s two main events that kind of propelled me towards this. And, you know, the first is I’ve been a physical therapist now for about 20 years.

Speaker 3 (04:43):

So I’m older than I look. And what happened was I started to get some hip and back pain that was pretty substantial, you know, MRIs. They wanted me to get an injection. We were talking about surgery and unfortunately the things that I had done to try to rehab myself, didn’t get me that much better, but I found dry needling. And I found a physical therapist who became an acupuncturist. Bianca bell, Deni leveraged a death, and she’s a master at dry needling. And I loved what she did. And basically, you know, I had a severe spasm in my opterator internist that was killing me and my hip flexor and they were fighting. So I loved the needles. They made such an impact in my life. I can now walk around and not feel that pain in my hip and going down my leg every day.

Speaker 3 (05:28):

And I wanted to use the needles because I loved them so much, but we can’t use them in New York. Why? Because it’s the law. So that made me upset and I wanted to change the law. And I was really interested in that and why dry needling was such a, you know, variation from state to state, but it’s a state law. So that was something I found out then kind of soon after that, or during that time, I also decided to go back and get my transitional DPT. And I took a professional development course. They talked a lot about advocacy and it just dawned on me. And I had an aha moment that basically all the things that I didn’t like, the Medicare plan of care, the authorization, the way that you get like six visits than four visits than three visits, you get kicked off with some insurances.

Speaker 3 (06:14):

These things that I had been practicing inside the system for so long that I found so frustrating and so annoying, I realized where because of the law and that they could be changed. And I just decided that one day after taking that class, that it was going to be my mission to try to change these laws, to make the profession better for me, for those generations coming after me for our patients and basically for everyone. And it also dawned on me that legislators in general really don’t know what we do. And if no one tells them, they won’t know, and they won’t make the laws in our favor that will help us our profession and our patients. So, you know, whether anyone likes it or not, we all have to operate in quote unquote, the system. And, you know, that’s the government, the democracy, the bureaucracy, the politics. And in order to change that you have to be involved in advocacy. So that’s, that’s my why. And the other thing that I’d like to add is, you know, what’s the alternative to not say anything, to stand by yourself, to get swallowed up by another profession that has a bigger association and a bigger lobby who would be our voice. So if not you then who I love,

Speaker 4 (07:28):

I love it. And I think that’s a great reason to become an advocate for the profession. And so often, even when I ask people, why did you get into physical therapy? It’s always, you know, you have these aha moments. You have these times in your life where you’re like, well, this isn’t right. And, and as you dig deeper, you think, Oh, there’s actually something I can do about it. I can use my voice. I can speak to my local legislators. I can speak to my, my national or federal legislators. And so let’s talk about that. So you’ve got each state has a state government, and then we obviously have our federal government. So how, as a, as a physical therapist, like, what’s the difference? How do we, how do we advocate to each of these groups?

Speaker 3 (08:21):

So when I had to made that decision, that I wanted to become an involved in advocacy, it was tough to figure out at first. And that’s one of my other passions is trying to help other people figure out the path because the path is not easy. And these things are very frustrating and confusing. So some things are, remember that. I get asked a lot of questions about art to remember that we have state government and we have federal government. And some of these laws are state laws. And some of these are federal laws. So when you look on the AP TA’s website, under advocacy, apa.org, backslash advocacy, it’ll show you the federal bills and the things that we’re, you know, constantly fighting for now. And then if you go to your state chapter and they should have hopefully an advocacy page on there, on their website, it’ll show you the state laws. So dry needling, as I mentioned before, is a state law. Whereas something like making tele-health permanent for the entire country, that’s a federal law. So that’s kind of, you know, you need to know the difference in like what you want to fight for. Do you want to fight at a federal level? Do you want to fight a state level or do you want to fight it? Both me personally, I think they’re intertwined. So I go for both

Speaker 4 (09:33):

And there, but there are some laws that are very specific to the state, right?

Speaker 3 (09:40):

Yes. Like direct access. So that’s another one, right? So direct access is super important in the state that you and I live in New York, we have a direct access that allows us 10 visits or 30 days, whichever comes first. So currently on the New York physical therapy associations agenda, we are trying to fight for unrestricted direct access. And that means you don’t need a physician’s prescription to go see a physical therapist. And again, when we talk about, you know, legislators don’t know what we do, patients also don’t know what we do. And I found that out and that’s become another passion of mine is to get the word out and let society as a whole know what we do. And I repeat myself over and over. No, you don’t need the prescription to go see a physical therapist, look up the direct access law in your state, all States now all 50, have some form of direct access. Some are a little bit better than others. But like, I think Texas, right now, you can only go see an evaluation and then you have to get a prescription, but that is a state law. And that does vary from state to state.

Speaker 4 (10:40):

Right? So if you are interested in advocacy, I think the bottom line between state and federal is know what your state is fighting for, and then know what, what the, what you’re fighting for at the federal level, which brings me to my next question. And that is what are the federal bills that are important right now, as we speak today is Monday, November 2nd. What is important right now? And FYI, as we all know, tomorrow is tomorrow is election day. But that being said, what are the bills that the AP TA is fighting for right now on the federal level?

Speaker 3 (11:23):

So there are so many bills, but the two, you know, cream of the crop right now are going to be reversing the 9% cut that CMS centers for Medicare services has instilled upon the profession that will start January 1st, 2021. And the reason why this is so important. So this is federal okay. If CMS decides to cut Medicare recipients, 9%, that for some businesses is going to be, make or break, even with the pandemic loss revenue and everything, they might have to close their doors. They might have to stop taking Medicare patients. Medicare patients will have less access, there’ll be less clinics. So that’s, that’s one aspect of it. But here comes the second aspect, you know, of the trickle down possibilities, whatever Medicare does is generally the precedent for what all the other insurances do as well. So the other insurance will probably start to follow suit and there you have cutting reimbursement to our profession.

Speaker 3 (12:20):

Again, more businesses closing all patients, having less places to go, less availability, less access through my years of advocacy, one of the phrases that I’ve come to realize is barriers to care, you know, access to care. There are all these stumbling blocks that make it hard for people to get the services that they need, you know, instead of seeing physical therapy, because it’s difficult, you have to get a prescription or you don’t only have, you know, six visits. It is easier to go see a physician and get an opioid prescription, things like that. So certain things drive it. So advocacy is intertwined with all these things. So that 9% cut is really important for that reason. And then the other hot button item right now is tele-health during the pandemic you know, here in New York city where I live, I shut down for a little while.

Speaker 3 (13:10):

I know a lot of people did. I didn’t have tele-health set up with my practice at that time, but then I implemented it you know, in late March and many people across the country, physical therapy practices did have tele-health. We were not able to use it before for Medicare recipients, CMS applied a waiver, allowing us to use it. And it ends when they declared the pandemic over. So there we are going backwards again. So one of the things we’re fighting for is to make tele-health permanent permanent again, access that people can get in the door and see their physical therapist. And I’ve used it. I had a patient who she fell down and she hurt her foot in the pool. And she said, Oh, someone at the you know, pool was a, I guess, a personal trainer, no disrespect to them, but they said, Oh, it’s not broken. And I took one, look at it. I said, Oh no, your foot’s broken. I could just tell. I was like, we need to get you in a boot. You need to go see, you know, get an x-ray. So, you know, tele-health is invaluable to people. They can get any immediately, the minute they hurt themselves. So making tele-health permanent is really important

Speaker 4 (14:18):

Because if we’re supposed to be really taking care of the most vulnerable, especially during a COVID pandemic and the most vulnerable are over 65, it only makes sense to allow those people to have tele-health appointments.

Speaker 3 (14:34):

Yeah. I mean, also I used it with the patient the other day. She said that she wasn’t feeling too well out of an abundance of caution. She was going to get a COVID test, but she opted for a tele-health session. So we switched from an in-person to a out just like that same time, same, same day. She was able to do that. She just didn’t want to put me at risk. And I appreciated her watching out for my safety. So during these times we need that, you know, also people who live in areas where they have to travel far or snow treacherous conditions. Do we want people out in these conditions tele-health could be useful for that? I had a patient who I’m currently treating for her knee. She woke up the other day, her back was an agony. She said, Oh my goodness, my back’s hurting.

Speaker 3 (15:18):

I don’t know what to do. I said, let’s get on a tele-health we did some gentle movements and some stretching. And she said, wow, by the end of it, my back feels much better. Thank you so much. I didn’t know that a telehealth session could help that much. And all I did was show her some things to do to give her some advice. So telehealth is so useful in so many situations that I do hope that we can make it permanent. Yes. So do I? Okay. So now we know what federal bill bills are important. Your state bills, obviously you’d have to go on to the, your state PT association. And like you said, before we went on, hopefully there is an advocacy tab within your state physical therapy association website. And that’s where you can find out what is on your state legislative docket right now. I mean, we’re not going to go through every all 50 States. So for the people listening out there, that’s where you would find it. Am I correct? Exactly. Yeah. Okay. All right. Now here’s a question. How do we find who our state and federal legislators are? And on that,

Speaker 2 (16:28):

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Speaker 3 (17:16):

So at a federal level a PTA makes it so easy for you. If you go to the APGA action app and that’s downloadable in the I store and also Android. And I think you just type in APGA advocacy and the Apple pop-up. And if you’re a member or non-member, you can use it. You just, I think if you’re a non-member you just type in your address and it will, auto-populate all of your legislators. I actually think it does federal and at the state level too. So one way, but if you want to do it, you know, without that you could also, for federal, you could go to gov track.us, and that would look up your federal legislators, but then at a state level, your state Senator, and your state house or assembly person, you would have to just probably go to the, each one’s website and look that up. Like in New York, we have a state assembly and state Senator website that you can search it for. So it’s not that hard.

Speaker 4 (18:13):

Okay, awesome. Very easy. So people people understand how simple it is. Just one click or one downloaded app. So now let’s talk about the act of advocacy, right? So we talked about why you wanted to be an advocate, how to find those legislators what bills are on the docket? How do we reach out to advocate? How do we do it?

Speaker 3 (18:37):

So the traditional way of advocacy is what we call lobbying. And that would be to go in person to have a meeting face to face with your legislator and ask them to do what’s called co-sponsor the bill. That means like, say for the tele-health. If we have a bill number that has been introduced into the Senate or the house you would go, and you would ask them, would your member of Congress sign on to that bill? And then when you get enough co-sponsors you can get a vote. And that’s how the bill can get passed into law. So that’s traditional. And we can do that both at the federal and the state level. You could go to your state Capitol, like here in New York, it would be Albany. I could go there. So you can do advocacy, AKA lobbying to either one of those, but there’s some stumbling blocks with that, that I found people.

Speaker 3 (19:30):

One are a little bit intimidated to do that, too. It can be far three. You have to take off time from work, usually because it’s only during weekdays. You know, for me, I live in Brooklyn, Albany’s a hike. So it takes a while. So there are some stumbling blocks with that, but that’s their traditional way. It is a really fantastic experience. Anybody who wants to can come to Washington DC, the APGA does have a federal advocacy forum every year. It’s generally in March this year, it will be in September because of the Centennial, but it’s pretty exciting to walk the halls of Congress. And hopefully, you know, the country opened back up and we can have those face to face meetings this year. We did those kinds of meetings, virtual on zoom. It was okay, but I wouldn’t say exactly quite the same energy.

Speaker 3 (20:15):

So that’s the traditional way. But here comes my favorite part. I call it armchair advocacy. Literally things you can do while you are just sitting, you know, watching a movie, half watching. So there are things you can do where you can you know, go to the action app. You can fill out one of the templates there. The APGA has made for you where you can just send an email. You can go to your legislators own website and send them an email. There. There’s always an email me button. You could just donate some money to PT pack to let other go do these things for you, let your money do the talking. But one of my favorite ways would be Twitter, right? So Twitter is free. Your legislator has an account. They’re always there. You can follow them. You can like them. You can engage with their tweets.

Speaker 3 (21:05):

Just yesterday here in New York city, you know, speaking of legislators, I heard that mayor, bill de Blasio, he had to stand in line to go to early voting for three hours and he was complained. His back was her. And so I sent him a little tweet saying maybe he needs some physical therapy. So, you know, they’re always on Twitter and you can send them a message anytime you want. You could also send them a message asking them to co-sponsor bills. I send out tweets to them doing that all the time. But one of the amazing things that I love about Twitter is you find like-minded individuals, you support them, you amplify their message. And, you know, you can kind of collaborate with people on advocacy there. Some other ways is that your member of Congress generally has virtual town halls these days, and they will post it on Twitter or Facebook usually only a day or two before. So you have to kind of watch out for that, but you can attend the virtual town hall and you can make comments and you can ask questions. I’ve been to several of my members of Congress town halls, and I asked them questions. I asked them about the 9% cut. That’s something I will use support, you know, revoking this 9% cut. Those are the questions that I put in there. So, you know, lots of ways that you can do the armchair advocacy.

Speaker 4 (22:19):

And can you also talk a little bit about the key contact programs? So there’s key contact programs. I know for APG as a whole, we’re both part of the private practice section. They have key contacts. So what exactly is that and how can someone get involved if they’re, if they want?

Speaker 3 (22:39):

Yeah, so AVTA has good point. APGA has key contacts and basically what a key contact is. It sounds a little bit more involved than it is. It just means that you are going to be that liaison to your member of Congress. That you’re going to basically try to let them know what it is physical therapy does. And you’re going to ask them to co-sponsor our bills. So the ask is, and you can be an apt, a key contact. And if you’re a member of the practice,

Speaker 4 (23:06):

Have a

Speaker 3 (23:06):

Practice section, you could be a PPS key contact, and you can be a key contact for both APA and PPS. If you remember PPS. So what you would do is whenever there’s a bill coming out, like say, there’s going to be something coming out about the 9% cut. You would get an email from the key contact email list or from the PPS key contact email list. And it would just say, send this email and they generally give you a template. You could just copy and paste and you could send them the email on their website. You could send them a tweet. You could call the office. It’s basically just asking your member of Congress to support our legislative agenda and our bills. And you would do that, you know, through those pushes. And then in August, we have August recess. When the members of Congress, your Senator and your house person comes home to the district to do district work. And generally we ask you to try to get a meeting with them, either on phone or zoom or in person, you know, before COVID to ask them to co-sponsor some of our bills then. So it’s, you know, really a big push in August for those August recess meetings. But throughout the year, it’s just a little pushes for the current bills that are going on. So it really doesn’t take that much time. And how successful

Speaker 4 (24:19):

Are the, is the key contact program

Speaker 3 (24:22):

It’s very successful because the whole point is good point. I forgot to mention this most members of Congress. If I called up your member of Congress, he is not going to be so interested in me because I’m not a constituent, that’s the magic word. I don’t vote for him. So yeah, he will care what I say, but his ears are not going to perk up as much as if you called because you are a constituent. So that’s what key contacts are. They are a voting member in that person’s district, AKA constituent. And so then the member of Congress cares more and they will listen more closely to that person. So you become that link, that voting constituent between the physical therapy profession and your member of Congress. And it’s been very successful. We’ve had a lot of people sign on to bills, you know, currently with the 9% cut. I forget how many people signed on recently to a congressional letter, but it was the most that we’ve ever had. It was I think a couple hundred. And you know, hopefully that’s something that we can get overturned and that’s because the key contacts reached out to their member of Congress to ask them to sign on to this congressional letter.

Speaker 4 (25:31):

Yeah. So for me, what I’m getting out of this talk is that there’s so much happening behind the scenes to advocate for our profession and advocate for our patients. But I think a lot of people don’t realize, and if you want to make a change, then you have to let your voice be heard and advocating for the profession, whether you’re a key contact or you’re sending a template letter that you can easily get on the app is such a great way to get involved. And it doesn’t take a lot of time. It doesn’t take a lot of money and it’s a way to help advocate for the profession and push us forward. So, you know, it sounds cliche, but like you, you want to be the, what is it? You want the change you want to be in the world or something like that, but be the change you want to see in the world. So if you’re not in it, then, you know,

Speaker 3 (26:25):

Yes, absolutely. One thing I did want to mention is that APA has something called the advocacy network. If you just Google APJ advocacy network, it will take you to that link sign up for that newsletter, basically, that is part of the advocacy army. And you will get all of the news alerts of what’s going on and they will send you, you know, literally a template that you could just fill out. We have this thing called voter voice, which it’s just a automatic template. You input your name and address, and you can fill that out and you send a letter to your member of Congress. So sign up for the advocacy network. That way you’ll always know what’s going on. I am in a lot of Facebook groups and I see people upset and complaining. And I understand I used to feel the exact same way, but they are some uninformed and don’t know what’s going on. So join the network, know what’s going on. You know, I always say one of my things is that I firmly believe the bigger voice, the bigger impact. If we can get a bigger collective voice, we already have a pretty big one, but let’s make it louder. You know? And let’s, let’s make more of an impact and see real change because legislatively is the only real way to make the system different.

Speaker 4 (27:39):

Absolutely. And I was going to say what, you know, as we start to wrap things up, what do you want people? What’s the message that you want to leave for the listeners, but I think you just said it, is there anything you want to add to that?

Speaker 3 (27:53):

Yeah. Join the advocacy network. And honestly, I would say, you know, don’t be afraid of Twitter and come on Twitter because you can, we can build the army because when other, when you say something on Twitter and then you can amplify each other’s message and then it kind of catches on and people, people, you know, get more informed and you can spread the message. So being able to amplify and spread the messages.

Speaker 4 (28:15):

Awesome. And now, before we leave, I’m going to ask you the same question I ask everyone. And that’s knowing where you are now in your life and in your career. What advice would you give to yourself as a new grad, fresh out of physical therapy school?

Speaker 3 (28:32):

I would say get good at what you do, your skills of being a PT. That was really important to me at first, but don’t forget the professional aspect of it. That was something that I was lacking. And I think that, you know, recently I was also featured in an article for APGA on burnout that just came out last week. And I think that that was one piece I was lacking and being involved professionally in advocacy and not just, you know, becoming a super PT and good at my hands. But having that professional aspect, I think also does help prevent burnout because you, you see that there’s a bigger mission and you see that there’s something beyond yourself and you’re fighting for that bigger mission and you feel part of the community. And I think it’s

Speaker 4 (29:16):

Awesome. Great advice now, where can people find you? Where, where are you on Twitter? You mentioned a couple of times and then give us all the info.

Speaker 3 (29:24):

So of course I’m on Twitter. It’s Theresa T H E R E S a Marco, M a R K O P T. And then I’m also on Instagram, dr. Theresa Marco, and I have a Facebook page, Marco therapy

Speaker 4 (29:42):

And LinkedIn too. You can find me there. Teresa Barco. Perfect. Very easy, very easy, very easy. So listen, if anyone has any questions, they want clarification on advocacy, Theresa is your go-to person. So I encourage you to follow her on social media to reach out with any questions because she will get back to you. So, Teresa, thank you so much for coming on and giving us such a succinct and informative episode on advocacy. Thank you so much. Thanks for having me and everyone. Thanks so much for listening. Have a great couple of days and stay healthy, wealthy and smart.

Speaker 2 (30:19):

Thank you to Teresa. So hopefully now everyone has some good action items that they can add to their list, to become advocates for physical therapy. And of course, thank you to net health for sponsoring today’s podcast. They have created the Redarc patient portal, which provides a secure line of communication between you and your patients conduct virtual visits and have follow-up conversations with your patients via secure messaging. When it’s convenient for you, patients have 24 seven secure on-demand access to their therapy, health information without phone calls and voice messages to learn more, contact them at redox that’s R E D O C at net. Hell.Com.

Speaker 1 (30:59):

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