• Straight to the Source: How to Get Employers On Board with Population Health Image

    articleJan 31, 2018 | 6 min. read

    Straight to the Source: How to Get Employers On Board with Population Health

    Healthcare spending has always been a touchy subject—and that might be truer now than ever before. Despite the fact that the United States spends more money on health care than any other country, that massive expenditure hasn’t necessarily translated into better health outcomes. Clearly, something needs to change, which is why many healthcare providers—including physical therapists—are fundamentally shifting the way health care is managed. Specifically, they are starting to explore care delivery models that allow them to …

  • 6 Fresh Ideas for Keeping Patients Engaged Between Appointments Image

    articleJan 26, 2018 | 5 min. read

    6 Fresh Ideas for Keeping Patients Engaged Between Appointments

    There are no guarantees in life, and that certainly applies to retaining patients. Each time a patient walks out your door, it could be the last you see of him or her. But, there’s good news: tools like patient engagement software, automated appointment reminders, and interactive home exercise programs give providers a way to keep patients engaged throughout the duration of care, making it much easier to catch patient dropout before it happens—and even prevent it. But, …

  • 5 Essential Elements for a Patient-Focused Clinic Website Image

    articleJan 22, 2018 | 7 min. read

    5 Essential Elements for a Patient-Focused Clinic Website

    Picture this: it’s Thursday night. You’ve just returned home after a long day at work, and you’re in the mood to put your feet up and relax. You land on the couch and turn on Netflix, but you’re pretty exhausted, and you don’t want to put too much thought into your selection. As you flip through your options, you come across a suggested pick that looks interesting, and when you read the description, it sounds like it’s …

  • Whoa, Domino: The Downstream Impact of a Weak HEP Software Image

    articleJan 18, 2018 | 5 min. read

    Whoa, Domino: The Downstream Impact of a Weak HEP Software

    They say a carpenter is only as good as his or her tools. So if you plan on making a masterpiece, then you want to use the best tools available. Otherwise, you’ll probably have to make a few concessions—and there’s a good chance you’ll end up with suboptimal results. And as a rehab therapist, it’s especially important that you use the best tools available, because the results of your labor have a direct impact on the wellbeing …

  • 6 Secrets to Driving Patient Satisfaction in PT Image

    articleJan 12, 2018 | 7 min. read

    6 Secrets to Driving Patient Satisfaction in PT

    I’ve got a secret—can you keep it? Here’s the deal: meeting therapy goals isn’t the only thing that drives patient satisfaction. If you follow our blog regularly, then you’ve probably noticed a lot of discussion about patient satisfaction, and that’s not by accident. After all, satisfied patients are integral to the success of every physical therapy practice. That’s because these patients are often your most passionate promoters, and their endorsement is worth more than any paid advertisement. …

  • The YouTube Effect: What Online Exercise Videos Mean for the Future of Physical Therapy Image

    articleJan 9, 2018 | 5 min. read

    The YouTube Effect: What Online Exercise Videos Mean for the Future of Physical Therapy

    I’ll admit it: I’ve spent many a late night on YouTube, venturing deep into all of the wonderful weirdness it has to offer. It’s become an integral piece of the current pop culture zeitgeist and has given content creators, business owners, and anyone with an opinion and a smartphone a platform on which to broadcast themselves. (And, thanks to YouTube, I still can’t hear the Jurassic Park theme without thinking of this .) So, it’s no surprise …

  • 4 Things Every PT Should Do After Taking a Con-Ed Course Image

    articleJan 5, 2018 | 5 min. read

    4 Things Every PT Should Do After Taking a Con-Ed Course

    Author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.” And this sentiment applies doubly when it comes to continuing education for PTs and PTAs. If you’re a physical therapy provider, then you’re undoubtedly aware that your state requires you to complete a set number of continuing education units (CEUs) within a specific timeframe. (If you’re a little hazy on the CEU requirements for your state, …

  • MCIDs: What Are They, and Why Do They Matter? Image

    articleDec 28, 2017 | 3 min. read

    MCIDs: What Are They, and Why Do They Matter?

    Things aren’t always as they appear, and that’s certainly true when it comes to measuring the success of rehab therapy treatment. As any therapist knows, if you make decisions based on observational data alone, determining whether or not your treatment is making a difference can prove difficult. That’s why outcomes exist: they give therapists an objective, concrete way to measure patient improvement. But, a positive outcome score isn’t necessarily enough to tell you that your physical therapy …

  • Ch-Ch-Changes: Tricare Updates in 2018 Image

    articleDec 22, 2017 | 3 min. read

    Ch-Ch-Changes: Tricare Updates in 2018

    Change seems inevitable in the healthcare sphere—especially when it comes to federal healthcare programs. That’s why I wasn’t surprised to hear about the many changes in store for Tricare in 2018. And when it comes to ch-ch-changes, even the starman himself advises you to “turn and face the strange.” Fortunately, we’ll be right there with you, facing those same changes and making sure rehab therapy providers can submit Tricare claims after January 1 without missing a beat. …

  • 7 Simple Rules for Holiday Gifting in Health Care Image

    articleDec 18, 2017 | 6 min. read

    7 Simple Rules for Holiday Gifting in Health Care

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but if you’re not adhering to gift-giving rules this holiday season, it can be the most legally risky time of the year. Now, I’m not talking about gift-giving between friends—although there should probably be a law against regifting fruitcake, am I right? I’m talkin’ specifically about gifts between patients and their providers. Let’s be honest: your patients adore you. And why shouldn’t they? You give them the gift of …

  • Common Questions from our Regulatory Roundup Webinar Image

    articleDec 15, 2017 | 19 min. read

    Common Questions from our Regulatory Roundup Webinar

    Earlier this week, WebPT’s own Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, and Charlotte Bohnett teamed up to present a webinar detailing the most important regulatory updates that will impact PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2018. During this hour-long session—which you can view completely free of charge here —our co-hosts covered a lot of legislative ground. And not surprisingly, they also received a lot of audience questions. While we didn’t have time to answer all of those questions live, …

  • Direct Access Laws by State (Rhode Island-Wyoming) Image

    articleDec 13, 2017 | 10 min. read

    Direct Access Laws by State (Rhode Island-Wyoming)

    Well folks, it’s been a heck of a journey, but we’ve finally made it to the last leg. In the final installment of this four-part series, we’ll be hitting up New England and making our way cross-country to the Cowboy State. (Previously, I covered Alabama - Hawaii , Idaho - Mississippi , and Missouri - Pennsylvania .) But before we get down to business, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I’m by no means a …

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