Should doctors be allowed to hire Physical Therapists for their offices, that is the debate? Physicians argue having the PT in their office allows them better supervision over care. With Electronic Medical Records, referring physicians can have immediate access to complete patient documentation and ongoing care plans.
It is not uncommon to see younger patients opting for joint replacement surgery while they are still in the physical condition to truly improve their physical function. Designing unique recovery and strengthening plans for these younger patients can be critical to their long-term, post surgery success.
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WebPT Brings You Local and National Legislation Updates: Optional PT services for children under Medicaid
Physical Therapy is often considered an “optional” service under Medicaid guidelines. Children can often suffer from this the most. APTA has written the following letter on behalf of the PT industry in order to offer legislative recommendations regarding this vital issue.
As our population increases and workers find themselves living with pain caused by repeat behaviors over long periods of time, Physical Therapy needs for this aging workforce grow. Home and office exercise programs to develop new habits for these workers become a part of the documented care plan.
More and more of our “members” are seeing patients who are looking for fitness plans they can use to improve their health without chronic pain. These types of patients are often not covered by insurance and may not even come with a referral from a physician. Their care plan may require long-term fitness strategies and an occasional visit over long periods of time in order to adjust as their fitness needs change. Electronic documentation is the perfect way to manage these patients with unique care plans.
The California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) 2010 annual conference was held in Oakland, California this year and was very well attended with 909 participants, which was over a 100 more than the 2009 conference held in Pasadena.
WebPT was well represented in the Exhibit Hall along with over 100 other vendors. We were one of 12 companies participating in a traffic builder, in which attendees were asked to get “stamps” from these 12 vendors on a card and then turn the card in for a prize drawing. It was a great way to meet some potential attendees that may not have known that they were really looking for a better way to complete their documentation.
We also were fortunate to meet some of our members face to face. Being a SaaS (web-based software) company, most of our sales are completed online. We enjoy putting names to faces and hearing all of the fabulous feedback from our members. They also come with some great ideas that we are able to take back to the development team as potential tweaks to the application making it more functional for our users.