• Better Together? The Potential Benefits of Refinancing and Consolidating PT Student Loans Image

    articleMar 23, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Better Together? The Potential Benefits of Refinancing and Consolidating PT Student Loans

    Coming up with a plan for paying off your student loans can be stressful, but short of the highly unlikely prospect of having your physical therapy student loans forgiven—hey, you can dream, right?—you’re going to be writing loan repayment checks for a while. But, there are some things you can do to minimize the cost of those loans—things like loan consolidation and refinancing. Many PT students and recent grads are confused on the topics of refinancing and …

  • How Can PTs Use Telehealth? Image

    articleMar 22, 2017 | 7 min. read

    How Can PTs Use Telehealth?

    Telehealth continues to garner headlines as providers, patients, and payers all seek more effective and cost-efficient ways to deliver care. In fact, this increasingly popular treatment option is giving providers of all stripes the flexibility to cast a wider net and provide services to patients seeking alternate ways to access health services (e.g., those who are homebound or who reside in more rural, underserved areas). But, as with anything new, there are bound to be some growing …

  • How to Train Your Staff on a New EMR Software Image

    articleMar 20, 2017 | 4 min. read

    How to Train Your Staff on a New EMR Software

    Perhaps you plan to involve your staff in the early stages of your software-vetting process—or while you’re implementing these great strategies for making the switch seamless . And that’s fantastic. However, it’s absolutely imperative that you include them once EMR software training rolls around . It’s simply the best way to ensure your team is comfortable and confident using the system once it’s go-time. Otherwise, you risk reduced productivity and employee happiness—both of which are bad for …

  • Easy Exit: 3 Simple Tips for Switching EMR Systems Image

    articleMar 16, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Easy Exit: 3 Simple Tips for Switching EMR Systems

    You’re a savvy practitioner and practice owner, which means if you’re considering switching EMR systems, you’ve already done your homework—everything from making a thorough pro-con list to performing an EMR cost comparison. As a result, you know it’s time to trade in your subpar software solution for one that saves time and money , ensures Medicare compliance , and integrates your documentation with your scheduling and billing . That way, you can maximize patient visits and get …

  • Why My Practice Can’t Live Without Outcomes Tracking Image

    articleMar 15, 2017 | 3 min. read

    Why My Practice Can’t Live Without Outcomes Tracking

    If you don’t measure it, you cannot improve it. For a long time, as our business was growing, we operated by feel. And we “felt” we were doing a good job. Once we started tracking our physical therapy outcomes , though, we finally knew. We found out that we were doing a good job—in some areas. In other areas, we found out that we needed more work. The main point is that we were flying blind until …

  • St. Paddy's Day Quiz: What's Your Traditional Irish Medicine Technique? Image

    articleMar 13, 2017 | 1 min. read

    St. Paddy's Day Quiz: What's Your Traditional Irish Medicine Technique?

    Back in the Irish days of yore, there was no such thing as physical therapy. Heck, there were barely even doctors—at least as we know them today. In fact, before the advent of modern medicine, the healing community prescribed some pretty strange remedies to common ailments like headaches and joint pain. So, if you had practiced medicine back in old-timey Ireland, what would have been your go-to treatment? Take this quick 10-question quiz to find out.   …

  • Social Networking with Purpose: A Guide for OTs Image

    articleMar 10, 2017 | 4 min. read

    Social Networking with Purpose: A Guide for OTs

    1.86 billion Facebook users and myself agree: online networking platforms represent one of the best technological advances in recent years. If you aren’t leveraging the online sphere to grow your occupational therapy network, you may be missing out. However, we all know by now that the online world can be a rabbit hole of dead ends and misadventures. It is, therefore, critical to approach social networking with purpose.  Here are three steps to help you do just …

  • Stay Sharp: Using Data to Up-Skill Your Clinical Staff Image

    articleMar 9, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Stay Sharp: Using Data to Up-Skill Your Clinical Staff

    As more private payers join the value-based reimbursement movement, rehab therapy providers may want to take a good, hard look in the mirror to determine whether their data-collection efforts are up to par—and for good reason. Payment throughout the entire healthcare continuum will soon be tied to value, rather than volume . And to prove the efficacy of their treatment—and thus, ensure success in the long term—PTs must not only collect outcomes data, but also develop a …

  • Founder Letter: Innovate, Don't Automate: The Slippery Slope of Clinical Support Software Image

    articleMar 7, 2017 | 8 min. read

    Founder Letter: Innovate, Don't Automate: The Slippery Slope of Clinical Support Software

    Today, most of us depend on technology to help us tackle some of the more mundane tasks that would otherwise require time and space on our already-too-full schedules. We text instead of call. We order gifts, groceries, and gadgets online instead of waiting in line at the store. And we deposit checks using our phones—if we ever even receive a check (hello, Square Cash and online bill pay)—instead of trekking over to the bank. In essence, we’ve …

  • Evaluation Exam: Do You Know How to Use the New PT and OT Eval Codes? [Quiz] Image

    articleMar 3, 2017 | 1 min. read

    Evaluation Exam: Do You Know How to Use the New PT and OT Eval Codes? [Quiz]

    On January 1, 2017, new CPT codes went into effect for PT and OT evaluations and reevaluations. To use these new codes correctly, PTs and OTs must determine—and code for—the correct level of complexity associated with each patient evaluation. As with anything new, the implementation of these codes stirred up quite a few tough questions. Think you know how to use them? Test your skills on this quiz to be sure. After all, incorrect code selection could …

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