A Healthesystems publication

Summer 2016

MYTH BUSTERS: PHYSICAL THERAPY EDITION

Physical therapy (PT) can be a cost driver early in claims. But when PT services are managed effectively, they can speed recovery and reduce overall medical costs.

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