There has been a movement among therapists to go into private practice. At the beginning of my career, there was far less interdepartmental cooperation... I've seen that shift as well.
Over the years, the relationships among PT, OT, SLP, and other departments have largely developed into holistic, respectful, and effective teams. This newer focus on interdepartmental teamwork is extremely beneficial to patients and to the work environment in general.
There have been changes with insurance over the years that I think have driven the movement toward private practice. Of course, it has been exciting to see the changes in treatment that inevitably develop over the course of one's lifetime.
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