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What do you hope to gain from membership in the AIPT?
On what issues should the AIPT focus? 

What the AIPT needs from YOU :


  • Network with your colleagues, involve them and yourself in the activities of the AIPT
  • Give the AIPT officers feedback on the strategies, plans
  • Respond to requests for data (insurance denials, tracking authorizations, costs surveys)
  • Use the handouts- send letters, involve patients
  • Keep us informed of events - newspaper clippings, media coverage on issues,
  • Contact colleagues and get them involved in AIPT


To renew or become a member of the AIPT, please log in and fill out this form. NOTE You must be a member of APTA to join AIPT and payment is required to finalize membership. 



 The purpose of the AIPT is to provide a means by which the New York Chapter members in private physical therapy practice can meet to confer, exchange ideas and concerns, and coordinate efforts to promote and advance private physical therapy practice in New York State. The work of the AIPT will be supervised and coordinated with the NYPTA, working with NYPTA's legislative committee and lobbyists to increase focus on private practice issues.

The group is committed to assist with the unique challenges faced by those PT's who have the economic concerns of running a business while maintaining high standards of clinical practice in a rapidly changing health-care environment. Issues of fair reimbursement and the right to develop treatment plans is an integral part of the future of the profession of physical therapy.


Historical Background

Reduced reimbursement and the right of physical therapists to develop their own treatment plan led to a meeting of downstate practitioners with NYPTA Chapter leaders and APTA reimbursement leaders on 11/17/03. It was agreed that a Special Interest Group would best serve the needs of private practitioners while utilizing the resources of the state and national association. The AIPT was officially formed in March 2004, and five meetings have been held each year. Multifaceted plans of action were discussed including letter writing campaigns, legislative strategies, legal action, data collection, and coordination of efforts with the Attorney General's office. Coordination with the actions of private practice SIG's in Rhode Island and New Jersey is ongoing.

The landscape of private practice physical therapy is changing dramatically. We find ourselves threatened on numerous fronts: drastic reduction in reimbursement rates, increasing proliferation of Referral for Profit practices, middle managers dictating plan and duration of care while delaying authorizations. In addition, Medicare regulations are changing and confusing.


Why need an AIPT? 

As an organized group we can achieve change. We all have the same goals, we are all busy practice owners, we can pool our energies together, we can divide the work.

  • Need numbers and voices to impact on insurance co. and legislators
  • Effective means to influence insurance decisions with assist of NYPTA and APTA
  • Serious organized professional group
  • Allows networking with others independent practitioners with similar experience
  • Facilitate information sharing practice, management and education seminars
  • Combine experiences in order to lead to appropriate actions
  • Can utilize NYPTA's resources list serve, lobbyist, legal


The objectives of the AIPT include:

  • Facilitate fair reimbursement:
    • Assist in developing legislative action with NYPTA lobbyists
    • Investigate legal recourse
    • Develop Attorney General relationship to explore reimbursement irregularities
    • Gain data on middle management denials and limitations of service
    • Utilize the media to educate consumers
  • Investigate the role of middle management
    • Expose policies that restrict medical practice
    • Investigate denials based on CPT diagnosis codes, # of visits, and not based on actual medical necessity or cawse specifics
    • Investigate incorrect use of the APTA Guide to Practice by the insurers
    • Compare variations in authorization from different middle management companies
    • Discuss the above with the Attorney General, Legislators, and the media
  • Provide information about insurance issues to NYPTA
  • Assist Advisory Panel on Reimbursement and provide Reimbursement Specialists to have ongoing meeting with insurers
  • Nurture private practice management
    • Facilitate effective and high caliber practice management through networking and seminars on billing software, office efficiency, IT resources, hiring resources, clinical development

Officers for the AIPT


Mark Amir, PT, DPT, MPH  
Abe Kopolovich, PT   
Pat Privatera, PT, MS, ATC 212-759-2211
David Sofer, PT 718-256-7665
Frank Ruggiero, DPT 845-279-9288
Janet Albanese, PT  

Project Leaders

Cathy Annastasio 718-745-8282
Practice Management    
Mark Amir 718-614-4131
Dimitrios Kostopoulos 917-538-2242
Referral for Profit    
Gabe Yankowitz 315-468-2726
Lori Monson 212-496-1187
Attorney General:    
Joe Maccio 518-273-2121
Lloyd Hines 212-732-1276
Richard Orsini 917-733-8175
Lori Monson 212-496-1187
Gary Willner 212-953-6040
Ann Duffy 212-402-5430
Joann Ferrara 718-428-2600
Carol Stillman 914-723-6987
Data Collection    
Maggie Bradley 212-496-1187
John Krupa 516-741-4004
New Jersey Liaison:    
Elmer Platz 845-986-6800

Special Projects:
Project directors develop strategies and teams to reach the AIPT's objectives. Officers oversee that efforts between projects are coordinated. Project directors contact other leaders to get information. They will report progress by e-mail every 3 weeks.
All members are encouraged to send questions or information to task force leaders.

Attorney General:
Discover what is illegal, get to know the AG and his staff. Get complaint forms to practices, track what gets sent to AG and follow-up. Recent news articles suggest that the current AG, Andrew Cuomo, is very interested in insurance problems as they affect consumers.

Obtain legal advice on possibilities of class-action law-suits against insurers. There are several possibilities and some precedent has been made by other professional groups concerning fee bundling, discrimination of fees. Work with OT private practice group and other states. Research an Independent Practitioners Association (IPA) that can legally negotiate with third-party payers, collective bargaining. Obtain legal advice on contracts.

Develop position statement and fact sheet with NYPTA and the PR committee to be used in communication with reporters, consult with practitioners who have media contacts, keep records of media contacts. Some members have already had some media exposure, we would like to know about these to develop opportunities

Data Collection/ Survey:
Assist practices in gathering data on payer problems, patterns of denials and authorizations, evidence of restriction of medical practice. Also develop survey of practice costs to bring to insurers.

Investigate validity of denials and how this impedes ability to provide medically necessary treatments according to patients' benefits

New Jersey Chapter Liaison:
Share information and coordinate with their actions on similar issues.

Referral for Profit:
Examine proliferation of referral for profit practice, work with legislative committee


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