Our Top Picks of The Can’t Miss PPS Conference Program Sessions

We’re a little over a week away until the PPS Conference takes over the streets of Chicago (Nov 1 – 4), and we couldn’t be more excited! With so many great programs taught by some of the most talented physical therapists in the industry, it can be difficult to choose which sessions to attend. So, we’ve put together the below list of our favorite programs sessions.

Friday Night Welcome Party at the House of Blues

Okay, you got us. This isn’t technically a session, but we can’t wait to bust out our dance moves alongside 800 other physical therapists take over the House of Blues. With live music from The Blooze Brothers, a custom menu, and a well-stocked bar, it’s sure to be the party of the weekend.

Now, on to the sessions.

Session T06: Automatic Success: Using the Rule of 8 for You and Your Staff

Presenter: Stephen Rapposelli, PT


Experience level: Multiple levels

Location: Grand Ballroom

Session Description

As a private practice owner, you are not only concerned with your own personal success, but of the success of your staff. It can be overwhelming! With only 24 hours in a day, how can you devote all the time and attention to others who rely on you, let alone yourself? The purpose of this practical and engaging session is to give the participant a list of tactics, to be used individually or collectively, to automate the daily routine to almost guaranteed success.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the rationale of why making small daily routines is critical for success and daily personal improvement in a goal-oriented lifestyle.
  2. Describe what 8 actions, done daily, will almost guarantee success.
    3. List at least one online, free resource to assist participants in accomplishing 8 daily habits of success, as well as design a framework for teaching staff and family.


Session T08: The PT Value Gap: If We Provide Such a Great Value, What Is the Problem?

Presenters: Jerry Henderson, PT, Clinicient | Peter Kovacek, PT,DPT, MSA, Kovacek Management Services


Experience Level: Intermediate

Location: Salon A-2

Session Description

Despite growing awareness of the tremendous utilization costs of MSK, chronic pain, and the opioid epidemic, the value of physical therapy seems to go unrecognized and under-appreciated by payers, our medical colleagues, and the public. Several problems directly contribute to PT’s value- gap and continue to limit our reimbursements and referrals outside of the traditional physician- therapist pipeline. These problems are multi-factorial and include isolation as a profession, communication problems, standardization, case management, care silos, and historical basis of the medical mindset. In this presentation, we will cover pertinent topics and brainstorm together on practical ideas for participating in value-based care.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the barriers to showing the value of PT.
  2. Explain the components of a simple patient engagement strategy. 3. Describe practical tools for patient engagement.

Session T09: How To Build A Self-Governing Coaching Culture

Presented By: Robert Wainner, Executive/Professional Coach ICF/ACC, PT, PhD, Confluent Health |

Laurence Benz, PT, DPT, MBA, MAPP, Confluent Health | Daphne Scott, PT, DSc, MAAP, DS Leadership Life | Jill Murphy, DPT, MotionWorks Physical Therapy


Experience Level: Multiple Levels

Location: Salon A-5

Session Description

Outstanding leaders and managers are highly sought after, while technical and functional expertise is the foundation for effective performance. Research has shown that Social and Emotional Intelligence (SEI) competencies overwhelmingly distinguish outstanding leaders from average performers. Executive and professional coaching have been demonstrated to be an extremely valuable tool for effecting positive change in individuals and the companies they lead. Coaching also helps leaders understand and manage their emotions effectively and to build resonant relationships with others.

However, it’s expensive and typically only available to selected “C-suite” leaders. Is it possible to leverage coaching on a larger scale primarily to mid-level managers and experience similar results? The answer is “Yes”! We developed a practical and effective two-prong coaching and culture-building initiative based on Conscious and Resonate Leadership principles. These leadership approaches are synergistic and share the fundamental characteristics of having an SEI foundation and inspiring change from within versus externally. A year after implementation across our organization, we measured positive changes in the SEI scores of our clinic directors and key leaders.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the four domains of social and emotional intelligence.
  • Describe how to implement the key elements of Conscious and Resonant Leadership.
  • List three specific tools and approaches used for building a self-governing, coaching culture.

Session F10: Direct-to-Employer PT: Building Supply and Demand

Presented By: Paul Gough, Chartered Physiotherapist, BS Paul Gough Physio Rooms – Private UK Physio Clinic


Experience Level: Beginner

Location: Salon A-3

Session Description

I’ve spent the last 10 years growing a Private Pay Physio Clinic in a country with a completely
free socialist health care system as my main competition. I have learned many lessons about how to communicate with, market to, and ultimately help people make better and more informed decisions about choosing to pay for their health. As more PT clinics are affected by patients with increasing co-pays or deductibles, this course will give PTs an understanding of the different ways that they must externally market and then communicate with their patients so that they can show the real value of what we do—so much that patients will be happy to pay for it.

There is a huge difference in the way that patients who are referred by doctors ‘show up’ versus those who come via direct marketing, and I will explain these differences to PTs so that they can use their marketing and communication to show value in advance of the patient showing up (so that they receive much less pushback). This will be all about ways to communicate the TRUE value of what a PT does.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Create a marketing plan that is able to seek out and target patients in need of PT and clearly show the value of what the clinic will do for them.
  2. Identify the 93% of people who are in need of PT currently NOT being given a referral from a physician.
  3. Describe the differences between patients referred by doctors and patients coming via direct access.

And of course, there’s’ the exhibitor show floor where you’ll be able to stop in and check out the latest physical therapy tools and technology. We’ll be at booth 810 all weekend long, so be sure to stop by to check out our EcoPro Pillow Covers for yourself.

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Brook Phillips