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  • Balancing Act: How Many Patients Should a PT See in a Day? Image

    articleApr 19, 2018 | 7 min. read

    Balancing Act: How Many Patients Should a PT See in a Day?

    As a physical therapist, balance is intrinsic to your job—whether that be striking a balance between motivating patients and not pushing them too hard or treating patients for literal balance issues. And PTs have to find balance for themselves, too—though maybe not as literally as vestibular patients. In 2017, we surveyed thousands of rehab therapy professionals across all specialties, job roles, and clinic sizes and asked folks about everything from reimbursement rates to frustrations and motivations with …

  • PT or PTA: Who to Hire—and When Image

    articleApr 18, 2018 | 6 min. read

    PT or PTA: Who to Hire—and When

    If your staff is feeling overworked and overwhelmed, then it’s high-time to make a change—and that change may very well entail adding to your headcount (and your payroll ). But, a smart practice—and a smart leader—will want to maximize those dollars by making the right hire. Do you really need another full-time therapist? Maybe—but maybe not. Instead, perhaps you need a per diem therapist —or a PTA. Before you post that job description , take a look …

  • Don't Flex Your PTs: 4 Ways to Make Use of Patient Cancellations Image

    articleApr 17, 2018 | 7 min. read

    Don't Flex Your PTs: 4 Ways to Make Use of Patient Cancellations

    Summer is approaching and, with family vacations competing for patients’ time, you might find yourself with quite a few cancellations and schedule gaps. Your first inclination may be to send your PTs home without pay. “Flexing,” as it is sometimes called, is becoming an increasingly common cost-cutting move. But, tempting as it may be to flex your PTs when things get slow, there’s a better way to use their non-billable time. Not only is being flexed insulting—your …

  • Playing for Keeps: The How and Why of Patient Loyalty Image

    articleApr 13, 2018 | 9 min. read

    Playing for Keeps: The How and Why of Patient Loyalty

    I have a confession to make: I have a not-so-secret “thing” for epic tales. King Arthur? Love it. Lord of the Rings? Yes, please. Game of Thrones? You betcha. If it has swords, wizards, and a medieval setting, then you can count me in. While I find it difficult to pinpoint a single reason for my fondness of these stories, one thing that draws me in is the loyalty and devotion their heroes have to a chosen …

  • 5 Signs Your Best Therapist Is About to Leave—and What to Do About It Image

    articleApr 11, 2018 | 10 min. read

    5 Signs Your Best Therapist Is About to Leave—and What to Do About It

    If you’re a clinic owner, you know that building the right team of physical therapists is key to your clinic’s success. A good PT is dependable, shows integrity, and makes your patients feel safe and cared for. She is committed to learning and plays a critical part in the culture you’ve worked so hard to build. That’s why it’s so scary to imagine your best therapist leaving for greener pastures. The good news is that even when …

  • We Can't Take Direct Access Patients—and Other Lies That are Killing Your PT Practice Image

    articleApr 10, 2018 | 7 min. read

    We Can't Take Direct Access Patients—and Other Lies That are Killing Your PT Practice

    Running a successful practice can be challenging—especially given the current payment climate. Add in the potential pitfalls of making a bad hire and the staggeringly high percentage of patients who drop out of therapy before completing their course of care, and you have a veritable minefield to traverse. So, don’t make it harder than it has to be by convincing yourself (or your staff) that you can’t take direct access patients in your state. As it stands, …

  • The Cap is Gone, But KX Lives On: How to Handle Therapy Claims in 2018 Image

    articleApr 9, 2018 | 5 min. read

    The Cap is Gone, But KX Lives On: How to Handle Therapy Claims in 2018

    It happened in the middle of the night: after months of debate and hours of back and forth that went until 3 AM on February 9, 2018, the Senate voted 71-28 in favor of a stopgap budget bill—known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018—that officially repealed the Medicare cap on therapy services . PTs, OTs, and SLPs around the country—especially those with Medicare claims sitting in limbo as they awaited further instruction from CMS—breathed a collective …

  • NPS® in Health Care: Leveraging Loyal Patients to Drive New Business and Improve Revenue Image

    articleApr 6, 2018 | 8 min. read

    NPS® in Health Care: Leveraging Loyal Patients to Drive New Business and Improve Revenue

    Most rehab therapy business owners, executives, and administrators understand the value of happy, loyal patients—especially given that a patient’s attitude toward, and relationship with, his or her provider can majorly impact the outcome of that patient’s treatment. But, did you know that you can use Net Promoter Score® (NPS®) tracking to systematically identify your already-pleased patients and leverage them to drive new business and improve your revenue? This powerful metric can also help you learn about, prioritize, …

  • Tricare Update: Changes to Tricare’s Reimbursement Policy for Therapist Assistants Image

    articleApr 5, 2018 | 4 min. read

    Tricare Update: Changes to Tricare’s Reimbursement Policy for Therapist Assistants

    If you’ve heard some buzz about Tricare changing its reimbursement policy for services provided by therapist assistants, you’re not alone—after all, we recently reported on those changes right here on the WebPT Blog . But, there’s been some confusion regarding when, exactly, the changes will go into effect—and we’re here to clear it up. So, read on to learn when your organization can begin taking advantage of this policy shift. The Current Payment Situation Tricare pays for …

  • Founder Letter: Culture, Compensation, and Career: The Elements of a Competitive PT Hiring Package Image

    articleApr 4, 2018 | 11 min. read

    Founder Letter: Culture, Compensation, and Career: The Elements of a Competitive PT Hiring Package

    There’s never been a better time to be a physical therapist: there’s a large population of aging—yet active—baby boomers, direct access is now the law of the land in all 50 states, and the healthcare system at large is moving toward a value-based care paradigm that prioritizes the delivery of safe, cost-effective treatment. At the same time, this year’s class of new PT graduates is on pace to be larger than ever, with as many as 10,600 …

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