• From Last Resort to First Choice: Why the Skyrocketing Cost of Health Care is Good for PTs Image

    articleFeb 21, 2018 | 6 min. read

    From Last Resort to First Choice: Why the Skyrocketing Cost of Health Care is Good for PTs

    As high-deductible health plans —and other factors contributing to rising healthcare costs—become a mainstay in the US healthcare system, patients are being saddled with a greater portion of their healthcare bills than ever before. As a result, these patients are displaying many more consumer-like behaviors. After all, they’re more conscious about the dollar-for-dollar value of the services they’re receiving. So, instead of taking their physicians’ recommendations at face value, these patient-consumers are doing their own research to …

  • 6 Icebreakers for New PT, OT, and SLP Patients Image

    articleFeb 16, 2018 | 6 min. read

    6 Icebreakers for New PT, OT, and SLP Patients

    While beginning a new patient’s first appointment by asking why that patient is seeking your services may be the most efficient route to developing his or her treatment plan, such a direct approach can leave your patients feeling brushed off. Now, more than ever, patients want to feel connected to their healthcare providers, and that requires excellent patient communication skills on your part—communication skills that you’ll need to apply before you jump into the clinical stuff. Think …

  • 7 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Patients Image

    articleFeb 13, 2018 | 7 min. read

    7 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Patients

    Everyone has an off day every now and again, but some patients seem almost impossible to please—or to motivate. And unhappy, unmotivated patients aren’t going to get the most out of therapy—or do your practice any favors in the word-of-mouth referral department . So, what’s a conscientious provider to do? Of course, you want your patients to be engaged in their care —and thus, more willing to cooperate. But, that’s not always the easiest feat to accomplish. …

  • Common Questions from Our Stalled Patient Progress Webinar Image

    articleFeb 7, 2018 | 9 min. read

    Common Questions from Our Stalled Patient Progress Webinar

    Earlier this week, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, the president and co-founder of WebPT, teamed up with Charlotte Bohnett, WebPT’s director of demand generation, to host a webinar on common barriers to patient progress —and strategies for overcoming them. During the question-and-answer portion of the presentation, we received quite a few audience questions on the nuances of fostering patient engagement and moving patients toward their therapy goals as efficiently as possible. We’ve compiled the most frequently …

  • Don't Speak: 5 Things You Should Never Say to a Patient Image

    articleJan 29, 2018 | 5 min. read

    Don't Speak: 5 Things You Should Never Say to a Patient

    Communication is wildly important to the patient-provider relationship, and the things you do say matter just as much as the things you don’t. We’ve already covered the conversations you should be having with your patients . Today, let’s talk about the conversations you shouldn’t be having. Here are five phrases you should steer clear of when communicating with patients—if you want to keep them coming back, that is: 1. “ The popliteus originates from the lateral femoral …

  • What Your Patients Think They Know About PT—and How It's Hurting Them Image

    articleJan 24, 2018 | 6 min. read

    What Your Patients Think They Know About PT—and How It's Hurting Them

    Thanks to the Internet, we have more information at our fingertips than ever before. Want to know how the Queen of England takes her tea? A quick Google search will tell you that she prefers milk, but no sugar. Can’t remember the capital of Turkey? It’s Ankara . Debating with your coworker about the merits of therapy dogs? There are pages upon pages of information on the topic . Whatever your question, you can find the answer—well, …

  • The Surprising Cost of Losing a Single Patient Image

    articleJan 19, 2018 | 8 min. read

    The Surprising Cost of Losing a Single Patient

    No business wants to lose a customer, and no healthcare provider wants to lose a patient. It’s bad for business, and it may very well be bad for your patients’ wellbeing. But what does losing a single patient really cost a rehab therapy practice—especially if that patient had gone on to be a loyal one? (Hint: It’s more than you might expect.) Read on to learn how to calculate the cost of losing a patient in your …

  • Drop the Doc: Using Direct Access to Build a More Profitable PT Practice Image

    articleJan 10, 2018 | 6 min. read

    Drop the Doc: Using Direct Access to Build a More Profitable PT Practice

    For most physical therapy clinics, physician referrals have provided a steady trickle of new patients over the years—enough to keep the doors open, at least. But, when you expand your patient acquisition efforts beyond marketing to local physicians—specifically, by turning your focus to the patients themselves—you could exponentially increase the number of new patients walking through your door. Remember, today’s patients are researching their care options before they even talk to their doctors—which means there's a huge …

  • 6 Crucial Conversations to Have with Your Patients Image

    articleJan 2, 2018 | 7 min. read

    6 Crucial Conversations to Have with Your Patients

    Good communication is one of the cornerstones of a great relationship—whether that be a relationship with a significant other, friend, or patient. We’ll keep our non-patient relationship advice to ourselves, but when it comes to patients, it’s absolutely imperative that physical therapists have the right conversations—at the right times—to keep patients informed, engaged, and happy. To that end, here are six crucial conversations you should be having with every patient throughout the course of care: 1. The …

  • Physical Therapist CEU Requirements by State Image

    articleDec 29, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Physical Therapist CEU Requirements by State

    Recently, WebPT president and co-founder Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, published an article discussing the discrepancies between continuing education unit (CEU) requirements from state to state—as well as the importance of standardizing physical therapist CEU requirements (and developing better CEU delivery platforms ) to move the entire industry forward. Well, we decided to dig deeper into the differences in physical therapy CEU requirements by state. And it turns out that some states require a whopping 40 hours …

  • The Dangers of Free Physical Therapy CEUs Image

    articleDec 21, 2017 | 4 min. read

    The Dangers of Free Physical Therapy CEUs

    There are a lot of great things in life that are free: watching a sunrise, seeing a baby smile, strolling on the beach, petting a puppy, and stargazing on a clear night—just to name a few. But, one thing you won’t ever find on this list is CEUs. That’s because free physical therapy CEUs have a reputation of being less than stellar, and that’s just not something you want in a continuing education course—especially not a course …

  • 4 Reasons You Should Ditch the Pen & Paper—and Go Digital with EMR Image

    articleDec 19, 2017 | 4 min. read

    4 Reasons You Should Ditch the Pen & Paper—and Go Digital with EMR

    Paper was a marvelous invention—and it still has numerous wonderful uses. But its heyday as the medium for medical documentation has come and gone. After all, who wants to spend their days shredding, filing, shuffling, or stacking paper? Just writing that has us feeling sleepy. At this point, there’s not much about documenting on paper that is particularly appealing, especially if it’s a quagmire of quarrelsome patient charts—handwritten, faded, and sharp—just waiting to wreak havoc on your …

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