Have you been captivated by the evolution of patient-centric health? The broader scope of eHealth, mHealth, and digital health (in its beginning stages) is exciting to watch. However, the concept of a truly “plugged in” healthcare system is far from reality. Still, groups like the Center for Connected Health are pushing the industry forward.
We've seen that patients data privacy and liability are two top concerns for PTs as they relate to the adoption of cloud-based EMR systems. Typically there is concern about information getting “hacked” online. We’re here to tell you there’s no need to worry. Cloud computing can actually make your dreams come true.
This month WebPT was highlighted in an OVUM Report titled, “The Ambulatory EHR Competitive Landscape:Prominent Market Factors.” We are proud to be in the company of other well-recognized EHR vendors such as Allscripts, eClinicalWorks and Vitera Intergy. The report written by OVUM analyzes the ever changing factors within the EHR landscape and provides recommendations to providers approaching EHR implementation.
Steve Messineo, PT, DPT and Owner of All-Access Physical Therapy. contributed this blog post today. Steve (a WebPT Member) started this discussion about nutritional supplements in a Linkedin Group and we asked him to dive deeper in a blog post for the rest of us! Steve has been practicing in an outpatient orthopedic setting since 1998. Thanks Steve for sharing your perspective.
Three years ago, my business partner and I decided it would be a good idea to move our growing physical therapy practice to a bigger space and build a fitness and training center under the same roof to provide an additional source of revenue. Opening a membership based fitness facility and sports training complex has taken some time to ramp up, but it has changed the way we practice physical therapy and as a result, our patients are getting much better short term and long term outcomes. (Check out WebPT’s detailed interview about starting a medically oriented gym.)
This all happened because we have changed our approach to patient care. We now not only inquire about a new patient’s injury, but also learn about their overall health and wellness in the categories of activity level, food consumption, confidence in their own health, energy levels, stress levels, and sleep quality. This information allows us to create rehab plans that incorporate use of our fitness center, thus introducing the patient to the benefits of long term health and fitness via exercise plans.
Today we're glad to share Part II of our interview on starting a medically oriented gym with Jonathan Di Lauri, MPT, CMP, TPI CGFI. Jon is the Owner of JointCare Physical Therapy, a Head Therapist, and Golf Performance Expert. If you missed Part I of our interview you can get it here. Thanks again, Jon!
What about location? What type of space is needed?
We have a 60,000 square foot gym across the street (it’s Lifetime Fitness) and we still have a strong clientele list. All of our members are past patients who most likely wouldn't join a gym had it not been
for the exceptional treatment and education they received while in rehab. It’s all about building relationships with your patients. Do people trust you and what you are doing? If you build trust, they are more willing to work with you outside of insurance reimbursement. One of our therapists is also a Pilates instructor. In our gym, she’s an independent contractor. We have another therapist who owns his own education company. The therapists are tapping into their patient base for the patients who truly want to make changes to their lifestyle but have nowhere trustworthy to turn. The people who receive good therapy and trust their therapist are willing to go out of pocket for services they believe in!
Today we're sharing Part I of our interview on starting a medically oriented gym with Jonathan Di Lauri, MPT, CMP, TPI CGFI. Jon is the Owner of JointCare Physical Therapy, a Head Therapist, and Golf Performance Expert. Thanks to Jon for enthusiastically sharing his experience and advise with our readers!
Why did you decide to start a medically oriented gym?
It’s been 12 years in the making starting in an outpatient facility. I made several startling discoveries:
- Even into adulthood, no one ever really teaches you how to work out the RIGHT way.
- People were too focused on using exercise to change how they look and not their joint health.
- Our patients were returning to exercise environments with under qualified professionals, only to return injured.
Armed with that knowledge, I not only produced and created an instructional DVD, but I also created a medically oriented gym for those people who had transcended disease and who had finished physical therapy. We wanted them to get the RIGHT training and results. I also used to go to gyms with my patients and they were not being correctly oriented to the gym equipment. Additionally, the patients were being sold personal training that was far beyond their physical abilities. With all of this coming painfully clear to me, the stage was set to launch our gym.
Steve Dischiavi, MPT, ATC, MTC, CSCS of Finish First Physical Therapy in Weston, Florida has worked with Olympic athletes and professional hockey players. In this video, he shares how he decided to move to eletronic documentation. Thanks for sharing your experience with us Steve!
This morning we are happy to announce that WebPT has launched a number of new enhanced features and support tools. For this latest release we received suggestions and feature requests from hundreds of our members. We’re very excited to share our updates with all of you!
Our blog post today was written by WebPT member, Dr. Sam Esterson, PT, MA, MBA, DScPT. He is the owner of Esterson and Associates Physical Therapy. He is also the author of a well-received book written in 2003, entitled Starting & Managing Your Own Physical Therapy Practice: A Guide for the Rookie Entrepreneur. Dr. Esterson will be a featured guest on this month's webinar. Learn more here. Thanks to Sam for his wise words.
Those forward thinking and self-motivated therapists who possess a powerful drive to grow, are goal-directed, and have low blood pressure are ones who may be the best candidates to jump in, full throttle, and consider opening up a practice “on their own.” Sure, there’s much to consider and plan, but, if you are a therapist working in an environment where you are constantly thinking, “Gee, I sure could do this better, easier, more creatively, and/or more cost-effectively,” then, you may have “the itch.” The people who generally have this spirit are called “entrepreneurs.” An entrepreneur is one who organizes, manages and assumes the risks of an enterprise. The term comes from the French, entreprendre, meaning, to undertake. Entrepreneurs demand as much of themselves as they do of others. They have a passion for their dreams and do not easily take “no” for an answer. Entrepreneurs see opportunity when others see potential failure. They see the proverbial glass half-full while others perceive the glass half-empty.
There are some therapists who may think that by opening their own practice, they will become their own boss and not have to take orders from others ever again. This concept cannot be further from the truth. In fact, once you open your own business, you will have many bosses, including the referring practitioners who have clinical demands on you, insurance companies who direct your care by virtue of how they reimburse you for services rendered, patients who have a knack for manipulating your time and efforts, and even your staff who place constraints on you in many ways.
Today we are pleased to present Part II of our interview with Chad Novasic, PT. Chad received his B.S. in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 1988, and has served the Racine and Kenosha areas for the last 13 years in private practice. He has practiced several years in both a long term care setting and an acute care outpatient clinic setting. Chad is the owner of Alliant Physical Therapy Group. Alliant serves Southeastern Wisconsin with several clinics and is currently planning aggressive growth in the coming year.
If you could go back and do one thing differently what would it be?
When I got out of school, I think I had quite a bit of ego. Everything was driven by what I wanted. If I had learned about other people’s wants and needs, I would have had an easier time. I needed to listen and not talk. The more you listen the more action you get. That was a big lesson, learning to let go and not make it about me. Also in the beginning, I don’t think I had a clear purpose of why I started. I started because I wanted to make money. That was a bad reason. You’re not going to make it. Making money is the benefit of doing quality work, having empathy towards patients and great communication. We go into business to make money, however, making money alone is the least long-term motivator that exists.
What’s been the most rewarding part of owning your own business?
Personally, I have the freedom to control my own life. My family. My work. My faith life. That balance and control is great. I’ve been able to watch great therapists succeed. To be able to watch them take care oftheir families while helping people out, that’s rewarding. Part of my mission is to help young therapists take off in their own lives.
WebPT has asked me to share my personal top 5 physical therapy resources in social media. This is by no means an extensive list; it is simply a list of the folks I check in with on a daily basis to share research, hash out practice issues, address topics of interest, and generally stay on top of what’s new in our profession. Enjoy checking these folks out, and feel free to add suggestions!
Earlier this morning thousands of WebPT members were greeted with a number enhanced features and a new color scheme as we improved our system this weekend. Approximately 25 members suggested improvements to our application which we developed and implemented in our latest release!