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SC Supreme Court ready to weigh in on physician-owned physical therapy services


Amid increased national attention on the issue of physician self-referral — and some high-profile support for tightening restrictions on the practice — the South Carolina Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case that challenges a prohibition on physician-owned physical therapy services (POPTS) in that state.

The Joseph case, scheduled to be heard by the high court on February 19, is an appeal of a decision made by the state circuit court last year that ruled in favor of the South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (SCBPTE) and the South Carolina Chapter of APTA (SCAPTA). The case was brought against SCBPTE by 2 medical doctors and a physical therapist (PT) who sought to extend the state's ban on PTs working for physician-owned groups to PTs working in PT-owned group practices. more

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