Luna Research Recap Part 2 of 4: Earlier PT Reduces Costs for Neck and Low Back Pain Patients
How the Early Application of PT Intervention Impacts the Efficacy of Care
By Ben Wobker, PT, MSPT, CSCS, SFMAc
In our recent webinar, we talked about how earlier physical therapy can reduce costs for neck and low back pain in patients.
In the webinar, we discuss how the total LBP-related costs were the summed amounts of LBP-related medication and medical costs. All costs included both insurers’ payments and enrollees’ out-of-pocket cost sharing over the 1-year period after the index date.
Over a 12-month period, we found that patients save on average per day:
$70 on medication
$51 on imaging
The total of $1,600 LBP-related costs does not include:
Opportunity costs for patients of lost work
Professional development/advancement (ie.: promotions, commissions, bonuses etc)
Study of costs associated with the timing of physical therapy in 7k patients with a diagnosis of LBP 1
Immediate <3 days
Delayed 15-28 days
Pain medication costs
Advanced imaging costs
LBP-related medical costs
Total LBP related costs
Faster access of patients to PT appointments, resulting in savings on average of $1,616 for the patient & payer.2
The data above might seem difficult to put into context, but for payers these are critical numbers as every claim counts…literally.
The webinar covers:
What Does Earlier Care Mean to Recovery?
Can Earlier Access to Physical Therapy Reduce Costs for Neck and Low Back Pain?
Can At Home Physical Therapy Increase Adherence to Plan of Care?
Can Physical Therapy Decrease Unnecessary Imaging and Procedures?
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