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  • Writer's pictureNicole Cozean

Are We Discharging Too Early?

Why does our goal seem to be to kick patients out of our practice the moment we can? Is this really what's best for patients, or is this urge coming from somewhere else?



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In this 'sode, we dive into this "discharge mindset" and see where it really originates (insurance companies) and whether it's actually helping patients (it's not).


If it's so easy to teach a patient to "be their own PT" in four visits, why did we spend three years in school?


Can you imagine another profession saying the things we say?


  • The lawyer, before your trial: "Just another visit or two and you'll be able to write your own opening and closing statements!"

  • The mechanic: "I'll change your oil for you this time, but then I'm going to show you how to do it so you never have to come in again."

  • The dentist: "Here's a self-care tool for cleaning your own teeth, I hope I never see you again"

  • The hairdresser: "You know, you really could cut your own hair..."


This attitude often starts in PT school, but it originates with insurance companies. And we're duped into pretending it's for the patient's benefit!


Why are we working so hard to save insurance companies money? Our patients pay (often exorbitantly) for their insurance benefits and we try not to use them!


Your patient wants expert level care (that's why they're in your office) and has the right to decide for themselves - based on your honest clinical opinion - when to come in! It's that simple.


As Nicole said on the full 'sode of the topic...


"Your patient wants expert level care and has the right to decide for themselves, based on your honest clinical opinion, when to come in!." - Nicole Cozean

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Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS


Founder of Pelvic PT Rising and PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Southern California.


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Jesse Cozean, MBA


Co-founder of the Pelvic PT Rising and the Rising Podcast.


Jesse uses his business experience to help pelvic health business owners start and grow their practices so they can build a practice that truly works for them. From website design, SEO, conversions, marketing, finance and money mindset, he wants to make the process of owning your own practice easier and fun.

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