Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Swisher.
Jason, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
After finishing Physical Therapy school at Loma Linda University in 2000, I began working in a rehab setting environment. I learned a lot about different disease processes and how to work with different teams of people which was very valuable. But after two years, I wanted a new challenge and more flexibility and was ready for a change. A friend of mine was marketing for a Home Health Agency and said that they really needed to add new therapists to the staff and wanted to know if I was interested. So, I took my first case and realized this was the next direction I wanted to go. After working for several months with the agency, I started to put a team together of different therapists that I had worked with in the past and then presented my new “contract” team to the agency. They needed more staffing and were very interested in letting me handle the therapy side of their needs, so it began. That contract company was my first step into a new world of business contracting. This little contract company became Advantage Therapy which grew to have contracts from Loma Linda to Los Angeles, from Orange County to Coachella Valley. After 10 years of work in this area, I realized there was a gap in between home health and outpatient rehab, and quite often there were patients who weren’t ready or able to make that gap. These patients either preferred to continue with treatment at home or were not able to physically get to an outpatient setting. That’s when I decided I wanted to explore more into a gap type of service which evolved to Coastal Mobile Therapy. CMT is an outpatient-based therapy company that provides mobile services. We come to the home or place of living to provide those services. The place of living can be a single-family home, assisted living, board and care facility, or other remote locations. The overall goal is to help patients improve their function, safety, and independence in the settings where they live. CMT is a Medicare licensed Part B provider that brings the outpatient option to the home setting. San Diego became home to the new company and though starting in North County has expanded to the whole county. The ability to find more ways to help patients achieve their goals and provide unique options has been the driving force behind the company’s growth.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As with any new company or project getting off the ground has its challenges. For us, the two biggest factors were getting ourselves discovered by a broader base and juggling the finances of starting a new business while waiting for insurance returns to come in!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
CMT is an outpatient-based therapy company that provides mobile services. We come to your home or place of living to provide those services to you or your family member. Your place of living can be your single-family home, assisted living, board and care facility, or other remote locations. Our overall goal is to help patients improve their function, safety, and independence in the settings where they live. CMT accepts Medicare, as we are a licensed Part B provider. We also accept Private Pay, Worker’s Compensation, and most Private insurances. We offer Physical and Occupational Therapy Services which focus on functional training that is adapted to the home setting. What I am most proud of is our ability as a team to help others regain their function, independence, and/or safety at home so they don’t have to go somewhere else and if they are at a facility setting to help them live the best life they can while they are there. We also take great pride in seeing our contracted team do the work that they do with a more flexible daily schedule that gives them opportunities to do their best work while also balancing life at home with their families.
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I guess there is always good and bad luck out there, and sometimes, if you’re patient and stick to your process that you are passionate about, they can transition from one to the other. For instance, the bad luck of having to deal with a difficult and challenging quarantine/pandemic the past couple of years has been tough. On the other hand, since more businesses and services have gone remote there are more opportunities to work with patients/clients that now prefer to have things from home rather than going out to a clinic setting so that has brought us good luck as well!
- Website: www.coastalmobiletherapy.com