• Happy National PT Month 2017! Image

    articleOct 2, 2017 | 3 min. read

    Happy National PT Month 2017!

    When you think about October, you likely think of kids leaping into piles of crunchy, dried leaves, a freshly carved jack-o-lantern on your front porch, and maybe a spooky meme or two . But at WebPT, we’re thinking about physical therapists. (To be fair, PTs are pretty much always on our minds.) That’s because the APTA has dubbed October  National Physical Therapy Month , and we think it’s the perfect reason to celebrate professionals who are dedicated …

  • Let’s Talk Turkey: How Schedule-Stuffing Affects Patient Experience Image

    articleSep 25, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Let’s Talk Turkey: How Schedule-Stuffing Affects Patient Experience

    I’ve got a confession to make: I’m one of those people who bust out the pumpkin spice and fall decor on September 1. This might be a product of my Midwestern roots (apple-picking and corn mazes, anyone?), or it could be the result of living in Arizona, where autumn is more of a state of mind than an actual shift in season. So, it’s no wonder that Thanksgiving is one of the holidays I look forward to …

  • Second That Emotion: How Emotional Intelligence Creates Loyal Patients Image

    articleSep 19, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Second That Emotion: How Emotional Intelligence Creates Loyal Patients

    If you’re a fan of “The Office,” you’re undoubtedly familiar with Michael Scott’s cringe-inducing behavior. While his awkward, emotional outbursts make for great comedy, if you had to work with someone like Michael, you probably wouldn’t stick around very long. And if that person were a rehab therapist, his or her patients probably wouldn’t stick around very long, either. That’s because—as funny as Steve Carell's iconic character is—Michael is impetuous and emotional (and not in a good …

  • Bigger and Better: How to Improve Patient Experience in Your Large Therapy Practice Image

    articleSep 15, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Bigger and Better: How to Improve Patient Experience in Your Large Therapy Practice

    Think back to the scrappy, bootstrapped start-up era of your practice. If I had to guess, I’d bet those early days were infused with optimism, enthusiasm, and healthy dose of anxiety. But with a lot of hard work—and maybe a little luck—word spread about the quality of your patient care, and your budding clinic flourished into a strong, healthy business. Perhaps you even added another location or two—or more. And at that point, you probably realized that—as …

  • High Note: Why Documentation is Good for Patient Satisfaction Image

    articleSep 7, 2017 | 4 min. read

    High Note: Why Documentation is Good for Patient Satisfaction

    These days, it’s tough to get people to agree on, well, pretty much anything—but if there’s one thing we learned from our recent industry-wide survey , it’s that rehab therapists’ dislike of paperwork is fairly universal. In fact, the vast majority of survey-takers said that completing documentation was their number-one frustration at both the individual and company level. (Hooray for unity, am I right?) But, documentation isn’t going anywhere any time soon; so, many therapy providers have …

  • Common Questions from Our Cash-Based Physical Therapy Webinar Image

    articleAug 30, 2017 | 19 min. read

    Common Questions from Our Cash-Based Physical Therapy Webinar

    Earlier this week, WebPT’s president and co-founder, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, teamed up with cash-based physical therapy guru Dr. Jarod Carter, PT, DPT, MTC, to host a webinar covering all things cash pay —from insurance contracting considerations and Medicare rules to self-referral marketing and service pricing. Thousands of rehab therapy professionals registered to attend, which means we received a ton of questions—so many, in fact, that there was no way we could answer all of …

  • Expectation vs. Reality: Why Patients Really Drop Out of Therapy Image

    articleAug 29, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Expectation vs. Reality: Why Patients Really Drop Out of Therapy

    As a rehab therapy provider, you’ve undoubtedly encountered the following scenario: a new patient comes to therapy, sets goals, and agrees to the course of treatment. Then, within the first few visits, he or she vanishes into thin air. This disappearing act is beyond disappointing , especially when you know that patients who remain in therapy are more likely to recover—and there’s a lot of research to back that up. But as Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, …

  • Dialogue after Discharge: The Importance of Post-Treatment Follow-Up Image

    articleAug 23, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Dialogue after Discharge: The Importance of Post-Treatment Follow-Up

    Long-distance relationships are tough. Between juggling the hectic day-to-day and maintaining connections with all the other people in your life, it can be challenging to devote time to someone who resides outside your immediate geographic vicinity. Fortunately, as technology progresses, it’s helping bridge the gap between people and their faraway loved ones. Thanks to technological advances like text messaging, email, video chat, and social media, it’s easier than ever for those separated by land and sea to …

  • How to Get More New Patients Without Spending a Dime Image

    articleAug 18, 2017 | 6 min. read

    How to Get More New Patients Without Spending a Dime

    When you’re trying to get more of the stuff you need, sometimes all you have to do is ask . But shy of affecting a Dickensian persona and approaching referral sources with your hat in hand, you may not know what sort of strategy you should employ to get more patients into your clinic. The fact is, word-of-mouth advertising has been proven to boost marketing effectiveness by up to 54%. The message is clear: word-of-mouth is must …

  • 7 Fun Ideas for Your Next Patient Appreciation Event Image

    articleAug 15, 2017 | 7 min. read

    7 Fun Ideas for Your Next Patient Appreciation Event

    No matter how you spin it, your practice wouldn’t exist without your patients. Each time an individual returns to your care, he or she demonstrates appreciation for the service you provide. So, how do you demonstrate your appreciation for them? Some folks might shy away from the prospect of coordinating a big bash, but you don’t have to invest a whole lot of time—or a whole lot of money, for that matter—into organizing a patient appreciation event. …

  • Hole in the Hull: Can One Bad Review Sink Your Practice's Reputation? Image

    articleAug 7, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Hole in the Hull: Can One Bad Review Sink Your Practice's Reputation?

    Let’s face it: little problems, when left ignored, can quickly turn into really, really big problems. Anyone who’s dealt with a leaky set of pipes can attest to that. These little leaks start off innocuous enough—an occasional drip is nothing a well-placed bucket can’t solve. However, if you fail to address the underlying issue, you could find yourself in a lot of hot water—literally. Much like leaks in your plumbing, negative reviews of your rehab therapy practice …

  • Real Talk: The Downside of Providing Wellness Services in Rehab Therapy Image

    articleJul 31, 2017 | 9 min. read

    Real Talk: The Downside of Providing Wellness Services in Rehab Therapy

    I’ll never forget my first car. I was 17, and I’d spent months saving up funds from my summer job. On the day of the big purchase, my mom insisted on accompanying me. I realize now that she had a hidden motive—props to my mom for her acting skills. I’d had my heart set on a sporty, black convertible with a manual transmission and more horsepower than I could handle. In fact, I was so set on …

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