• The sDPT’s Guide to Refinancing Student Loans While in School Image

    articleJan 19, 2017 | 6 min. read

    The sDPT’s Guide to Refinancing Student Loans While in School

    At FitBUX , when we give student loan presentations or discuss repayment strategies with current and future physical therapists, we often get questions about refinancing student loans while in school. The traditional way of refinancing—that is, replacing your federal loan with a private loan—usually doesn’t make sense if you’re still in school because for students, federal loan rates are lower than private loan rates. That said, the question we typically get is, “Does it make since to …

  • 4 Strategies for Proving the ROI of Outcomes Data Collection Image

    articleJan 19, 2017 | 5 min. read

    4 Strategies for Proving the ROI of Outcomes Data Collection

    You already know that outcomes data is important —and it’s becoming more important by the day as our healthcare system continues to shift from a fee-for-service model to a pay-for-performance one. And if you’ve read this post , this one , or this one , you already know the best ways to implement outcomes data collection in your practice. But, do you know how to use your outcomes data to your advantage—to ensure you’re getting the very …

  • New Ways to Get Paid: The Case for Bundled Payments Image

    articleJan 17, 2017 | 7 min. read

    New Ways to Get Paid: The Case for Bundled Payments

    If you’ve been in business for a while now, you’ve probably gotten pretty used to the standard healthcare fee-for-service payment model: you provide a service, you bill for said service, and then you get paid for that service. Well, times are a changin’. While practitioners will still provide services and receive payment, that payment will soon be dependent on performance (i.e., outcomes data). In other words, you’ll get paid based on the value you offer your patients—not …

  • The Future of the ACA: What a Potential Repeal Means for Rehab Therapy Providers Image

    articleJan 16, 2017 | 5 min. read

    The Future of the ACA: What a Potential Repeal Means for Rehab Therapy Providers

    Policy often shifts—sometimes in large, dramatic fashion—when new leaders take office, and if Republican lawmakers stick to their word, a complete overhaul or dismantling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could be imminent. And that could bring about some far-reaching consequences for practitioners and patients alike—even beyond the potential for 20 million Americans to lose their insurance coverage or anyone with a preexisting condition to be stripped of important protections. It could mean higher premiums and reduced …

  • Do PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Worry About Meaningful Use in 2017? Image

    articleJan 12, 2017 | 4 min. read

    Do PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Worry About Meaningful Use in 2017?

    By this point, you may have already heard that the future of Meaningful Use (MU)—at least as healthcare providers once knew it—has officially sunsetted. If you’re a PT, OT, or SLP, you might respond to that news with something like, “Yeah—so?” After all, rehab therapists were never eligible for MU anyway. But, just because the MU program is being consolidated —along with the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM)—into the new Merit-based …

  • Sharing is Caring: Why Interoperability is Critical to Collaborative Care Image

    articleJan 11, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Sharing is Caring: Why Interoperability is Critical to Collaborative Care

    By this point, you already know that collaborative, patient-centered care models are the way of the future. It only makes sense. Providers cannot continue to operate in silos , because patients aren’t their diseases, conditions, or injuries; they’re whole people—and a whole person may require an entire team of practitioners working together to provide the best possible care at the best possible time in the most holistic way. In order to implement this new care methodology, though, …

  • Why PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Get a Seat on the Telehealth Train Image

    articleJan 9, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Why PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Get a Seat on the Telehealth Train

    Technology continues to play a key role in furthering health care’s reach—and remote, virtual care delivery is the latest trend in the overarching push to improve patients’ access to care. In fact, as we’ve previously reported , an estimated 1.8 million health consumers are expected to take part in some form of telehealth —or telemedicine—by year’s end, with the biggest market share coming from post-acute care patients. That’s great news for patients looking for alternate ways to …

  • New Year's Resolutions Across Rehab Nation Image

    articleJan 6, 2017 | 4 min. read

    New Year's Resolutions Across Rehab Nation

    More than 100 million Americans resolve to make changes each new year. And while some of us stumble along the way, plenty more enjoy coming up with—and actually following through on—ideas for self-improvement. Need a jumpstart for a successful 2017? We recently surveyed some select rehab therapy professionals to get a pulse on their goals for the year. Here’s what they had to say. Asia Giuffrida Office Manager at Gilford Physical Therapy & Spine Center Rather than …

  • Founder Letter: 4 Predictions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2017 Image

    articleJan 5, 2017 | 15 min. read

    Founder Letter: 4 Predictions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2017

    Last year, I laid out a handful of predictions for 2016 —and what do you know? Most of them were spot on. In fact, much of what I covered—think interoperability, the importance of data collection, payment reform, and the push toward private practice consolidation—are all holding strong and will surely continue into 2017 (well, barring any unforeseeable curveballs to the state of health care as we know it, that is). In the meantime, though, here’s what I …

  • Analyze This: How to Make Data Collection Worth Your While Image

    articleJan 4, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Analyze This: How to Make Data Collection Worth Your While

    In an era of seemingly limitless data , knowing which points have any practical application or significance can make all the difference in critical decision-making—including the choices that impact patient care. And as the rehab therapy industry moves toward a pay-for-performance system , therapists will want to wear data as a badge of honor —and make sure the information they collect has value in a patient-centric healthcare world. That’s because, in the near future, PTs, OTs, and …

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