• Thankful Nation: What Rehab Therapists Are Grateful for in 2017 Image

    articleNov 22, 2017 | 4 min. read

    Thankful Nation: What Rehab Therapists Are Grateful for in 2017

    It’s that time of year—time to gobble up some turkey, because it’s all about that baste (buh-dum-tss!). All jokes aside, Thanksgiving isn’t just about stuffing your face ’til your jeans are too tight. In fact, the best part of the holiday is time spent with family—whether it’s the family we choose or the one we’re stuck with. With that in mind, we turned to Rehab Nation, WebPT’s online community for all things rehab therapy-related, to find out …

  • Stranger than Fiction: Facts from the CMS 2018 Final Rule for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleNov 16, 2017 | 10 min. read

    Stranger than Fiction: Facts from the CMS 2018 Final Rule for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    They say that rules are made to be broken—that is, unless they’re handed down by the federal government. To make matters even more complicated, rules often change, and sifting through those changes can turn your world upside-down —especially when they’re served in the form of 1,000-plus pages of dry legalese. (If only CMS documents had more compelling narratives, am I right?) Well, until Stephen King offers up his storytelling services to CMS’s legal writing department, we’ll keep …

  • All that Jazz: Top Takeaways from PPS 2017 Image

    articleNov 9, 2017 | 7 min. read

    All that Jazz: Top Takeaways from PPS 2017

    As I pulled my scarf high up over my wind-chapped cheeks, dodged a car that nearly hit me as I made my way across the crosswalk, and heard the L train rattle the platform above my head, it wasn’t hard to imagine the likes of Al Capone or John Dillinger leading police on a wild goose chase through downtown Chicago. There’s no doubt that the Windy City is rich with history, but last week, Chi-Town was abuzz …

  • 6 Common Questions and Misconceptions that Keep Patients from Getting PT First Image

    articleNov 3, 2017 | 5 min. read

    6 Common Questions and Misconceptions that Keep Patients from Getting PT First

    In the era of “fake news,” social media gossip, and Wikipedia articles that literally anyone can edit , knowing where to get the right information can be a challenge. So, it’s easy to understand why patients might have the wrong idea about physical therapy, especially when you consider the branding problem plaguing the PT profession. But, ignoring the haters—even the misinformed ones—isn’t an option. After all, misconceptions can quickly snowball, further damaging the physical therapy brand. And …

  • Pop Goes the PT: Why Rehab Therapy is Crucial to Population Health Management Image

    articleOct 27, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Pop Goes the PT: Why Rehab Therapy is Crucial to Population Health Management

    Breaking: The United States is among the top 10 most unhealthy countries in the world. Okay, that probably doesn’t come as a shock, but it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, research shows that Americans are increasing their overall physical activity and nixing unhealthy habits like tobacco use . These notable changes likely contribute to another positive trend: for the first time in decades, the rate of obesity in the United States is holding steady— and …

  • Common Questions from our Physical Therapy Website Optimization Webinar Image

    articleOct 18, 2017 | 21 min. read

    Common Questions from our Physical Therapy Website Optimization Webinar

    On October 17, 2017, WebPT’s own Charlotte Bohnett and Shawn McKee hosted a webinar detailing how rehab therapy practices can make themselves findable—and, more importantly, discoverable—online. During the presentation, they covered everything from blogging and soliciting reviews to keywording and optimizing online profiles. It was a lot of juicy information—and we received a lot of juicy questions from our audience. We’ve compiled the most common ones—and their answers—in the FAQ below. Reviews Can I send patients a …

  • Giving Back: How Therapists Across America are Celebrating PT Day of Service 2017 Image

    articleOct 14, 2017 | 4 min. read

    Giving Back: How Therapists Across America are Celebrating PT Day of Service 2017

    They say inspiration happens when you break out of your comfort zone. You’ve likely heard a variation of this adage at some point—and perhaps even found truth in it yourself. For Efosa Guobadia, DPT, the founder of PT Haven , inspiration struck as he gazed upon the winding Amazon River in a remote region of Peru. At the time, the Atlanta-based physical therapist was providing volunteer PT services to the local population when he suddenly had a …

  • Cut the Cap: The Case for Eliminating Limits on Rehab Therapy Services Image

    articleOct 10, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Cut the Cap: The Case for Eliminating Limits on Rehab Therapy Services

    Let’s take a little trip to the past: the year was 1997. “Titanic” was smashing box office records as moviegoers flocked to theaters for their third or fourth viewing; “Wannabe” by Spice Girls was hitting the airwaves on every Top 40 station; and large-scale healthcare reform was barely stepping into the legislative limelight. To hamper exorbitant healthcare spending, the Clinton administration signed the Balanced Budget Act into law and thus, introduced the Medicare therapy cap . Fast …

  • Maintenance, Medicare, and Medical Necessity: Unpacking the Jimmo Update Image

    articleOct 5, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Maintenance, Medicare, and Medical Necessity: Unpacking the Jimmo Update

    Hey, have you heard the good news? CMS has completed all required action items laid out in the Jimmo v. Sebelius settlement. If you’re scratching your head and wondering why that matters, here’s the rundown: a few years ago, a group of Medicare providers alleged that CMS contractors made determinations on claims for skilled care based on an inappropriate “Improvement Standard.” These providers took CMS to court, and the court determined that CMS needed to clarify and …

  • 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 …

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