• PT in the ED: Why Hospitals are Bringing Rehab Therapy to the Emergency Room Image

    articleSep 2, 2016 | 5 min. read

    PT in the ED: Why Hospitals are Bringing Rehab Therapy to the Emergency Room

    In TV hospital dramas, the emergency room is a place for trauma—the gushing-blood, broken-bone, mangled-limb variety. Those ailments don’t exactly fall into the wheelhouse of most physical and occupational therapists, which is why many ER or Grey’s Anatomy fans would be surprised to see a PT or OT cameo in an emergency department scene. But, as with many Hollywood-manufactured depictions of the world, this one doesn’t quite match up to real life. In fact, a growing number …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Joe Dundas Image

    articleAug 19, 2016 | 6 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Joe Dundas

    Most folks in the rehab therapy tech world—and around the WebPT office—know Joe Dundas as the president and co-founder of Therabill. What most people don’t know about Joe: He created a social media platform before the term “social media” was even a thing. “I wrote a webpage for my wife’s friends to log on and post pictures and notes for each other,” he said. “At the time, there was no such thing as a social network.” Joe’s …

  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Reducing Readmissions Despite Earlier Discharges Image

    articleAug 18, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Reducing Readmissions Despite Earlier Discharges

    If healthcare reform had a tagline, it’d probably include the phrase, “more for less.” In other words, most reform efforts fall in line with the ubiquitous call for providers across the entire healthcare spectrum to deliver higher-quality care at a lower cost. This have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too approach to change places a heavy burden on the leaders responsible for ensuring their organizations live up to that lofty tagline—and that’s especially true for those leaders at the helm of large hospital …

  • What the New HCAHPS Proposal Means for the Future of Hospital-Based PT  Image

    articleAug 11, 2016 | 3 min. read

    What the New HCAHPS Proposal Means for the Future of Hospital-Based PT

    When a patient is in pain, that patient wants relief—fast. And even if the patient knows medication is only a temporary fix—and a potentially dangerous one, at that—he or she will probably still choose drugs over longer-lasting, less-instant treatment options like physical therapy. For healthcare providers beholden to payment structures that incentivize patient satisfaction, that preference presents a real pickle: give the patient what he or she wants—long-term consequences be damned—or risk lower satisfaction scores (and potentially …

  • 7 Tips for Navigating Private Practice Payroll Image

    articleJul 25, 2016 | 5 min. read

    7 Tips for Navigating Private Practice Payroll

    Larry Fine—of Three Stooges fame—once said, “The pain goes away on payday.” That quote certainly rings true for those of us on the depositing end of the transaction. But, if you’re the one responsible for signing the checks, I’m betting payday has caused its fair share of pain—and I’m not just talking about the blow to your bottom line. After all, as a business owner—especially in the business of health care—you’ve got a lot of proverbial t’s …

  • CPT Update: Why the Valuation of the New PT and OT Eval Codes is Problematic Image

    articleJul 19, 2016 | 9 min. read

    CPT Update: Why the Valuation of the New PT and OT Eval Codes is Problematic

    The purpose of any type of reform is to drive change. And that’s certainly true when it comes to healthcare—and healthcare payment—reform. But, change often comes slowly—and in the wake of Medicare’s recently issued proposed physician fee schedule for 2017 , I have to wonder whether it’ll come too slowly for physical and occupational therapists. That’s because, while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) voiced its support for replacing the existing CPT codes for physical …

  • 3 Things That Keep Hospital CEOs Up at Night Image

    articleJul 8, 2016 | 5 min. read

    3 Things That Keep Hospital CEOs Up at Night

    For hospital C’s—C-suite executives, that is—catching some Z’s might seem like an exercise in futility. And understandably so; after all, the growing pressure to simultaneously control costs and improve care quality is enough to turn even the heaviest sleeper into an insomniac. If you work or practice in a hospital setting, you’ve probably noticed—or even been the one to implement—some reform-driven changes to your facility’s operational processes. But, what’s really driving those changes—and is there a better …

  • Go, Go, ACO: Making Sense of Medicare’s New Alternative Payment Rules Image

    articleJun 30, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Go, Go, ACO: Making Sense of Medicare’s New Alternative Payment Rules

    Earlier this month, CMS laid down a final rule that rewrote—or at least revised—the book on accountable care organization (ACO) participation. We’ll dive into the deets in a minute, but the key takeaway here is that this rule represents yet another leap toward the transition to a value-based healthcare payment environment. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: when it comes to pushing the healthcare system to deliver more and spend less, the federal government …

  • Get Over Opioids: Join the #ChoosePT Movement Image

    articleJun 27, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Get Over Opioids: Join the #ChoosePT Movement

    Patients are supposed to trust their doctors. So, when your doctor writes you a prescription, you usually don’t question it; you fill it, take it, and hope that it will make you better. But, what happens when a prescription turns into an addiction? Unfortunately, millions of Americans have learned the answer to that question the hard way. The Painkiller Problem As the APTA explains in a recent position paper titled, “Opioid Abuse and the Role of Physical …

  • Wallpaper: Move. Restore. Revive. Image

    downloadJun 24, 2016

    Wallpaper: Move. Restore. Revive.

    It’s officially summer—and that means ’tis the season for movement. Across the country, people young and old are lacing up their hiking boots, pumping up their bike tires, and packing their beach bags. But for some folks, musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction stand in the way of summer fun—which means this is also the season to celebrate the amazing work rehab therapists do to help get people back to the warm-weather activities they love. In that spirit, we’ve …

  • Where Is My Money Going? 6 Surprising Hidden Costs of Running a Private Practice Image

    articleJun 9, 2016 | 7 min. read

    Where Is My Money Going? 6 Surprising Hidden Costs of Running a Private Practice

    You have to spend money to make money. This tenet of business is as true now as it was when my dad gave me a loan to cover the start-up costs for my lemonade stand back in third grade. And like many small business owners, I had a tough time forfeiting nearly half of my revenue to cover the cost of the lemons and sugar (it was a slow day on the cul-de-sac, and despite my best …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Jovana Samardzich Image

    articleMay 26, 2016 | 5 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Jovana Samardzich

    If laughter truly is the best medicine, Jovana Samardzich will never have to visit a pharmacy again—because she’s never short on smiles and giggles, regardless of the situation. That even goes for robberies in progress: “I worked at a Hallmark (store) for a bit, and one time we got robbed at 11 o’clock in the morning,” she said. “The guy walked in, and I just started chatting with him like I would any other customer.” Jovana’s manager …

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