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Highlights of the Team Concept Conference 2010: Collaboration on a Global Scale
December 2-4, 2010 Las Vegas
Cha- Ching! Normally I would honor the code of “What happens in Vegas…” but:
WebPT proudly exhibited at the Sports Physical Therapy Section’s Team Concept Conference in Las Vegas this week. This was our 1st time attending and it was a very successful show. Mary Wilkinson and Mark De Carlo of the admin team for SPTS should be very proud of the caliber of information and attendance at the show. Housed in the conference center of Hotel Rio, the approximately 250 attendees were offered 2 full days of excellent programming and an optional ½ day pre-conference. The “global” concept stemmed from the members of the International Federation of Sport Physiotherapy being a part of the collaboration this year. We noticed the international presence of quite a few Canadian PTs who were in attendance and interested in EMR.
If you are in outpatient rehabilitation, specifically sports medicine, I would highly recommend this conference. Lectures and instructional course labs from the likes of Mike Reinhold, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, Mike Voight, PT, DHSc, OCS, SCS, ATC, Rob Manske PT, DPT, Med, SCS, ATC, CSCS and orthopedic surgeons Stephen Nicholas, MD and David Altchek, MD (just to name a few) were full of new evidence based information from up to date literature reviews and pertinent experience related pearls of wisdom. The topics explored included: The Unstable Throwing Shoulder, UCL Injuries, Chondral Injuries to the Knee, Patellofemoral Injuries, and Soccer Injuries.
On this Thanksgiving Day, in an effort to give some insight to the people behind the scenes at WebPT, I wanted to share some things that we are so very thankful for. In these times of economic struggle for many, it’s important to raise the nose off the grind stone and reflect on the things that we have accomplished and are thankful for. For so such a simple question, the answers are many, both simple and complicated all rolled into one. Thank you to all of our current WebPT members and encourage you to share your positive experiences with others.
We as a company are thankful for:
1. The thousands of users that have helped and continue to help shape the WebPT product into the best PT centric EMR system available.
2. The hard-working WebPT staff who have embraced our company culture, understand the dedication required for a start-up company and make coming to work fun anyday of the week.
3. The opportunity presented in front of us with an untapped market of eager professionals that are hungry for the technology revolution we are ready to provide.
Personally I am thankful for:
1. My husband Brad, whose patience, understanding, technical expertise and unconditional love has made working together so much easier than anyone could imagine. With the opportunity to build and create something with your best friend from just an idea scratched on a piece of paper 4 years ago is truly amazing and still unbelievable at times. His vision and entreneurship are truly inspiring.
Last night the Senate passed a bill by unanimous vote called The Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act of 2010 (PPTRA) that allows a 30 day reprieve from the Medicare Final Rule and continue the existing 2.2% Medicare payment update that expires November 30.
The PPTRA also changes the multiple payment procedure reduction (MPPR) finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this month, by applying a 20% reduction, rather than the 25% reduction in the final rule for the second and subsequent outpatient therapy services provided and paid under the physician fee schedule (PFS). The savings will be used as savings to offset the cost of this 1 month extension instead of distributing on a budget neutral basis as in the Final Rule.
Most people don’t think about physical therapy after breast surgery however the the purpose of physical therapy – – to strengthen and improve mobility – – can be a critical factor in the quality of life for these patients. Patients who undergo this type of surgery immediately begin to realize this are of their body impacts how they move throughout their day. Helping these patients with daily exercises they can do to quickly recover and gain this mobility is critical to their physical and mental recovery.
There are real benefits to going electronic. Sure you can get rid of the large file cabinets and storage rooms. Yes, you can search patient files making it faster to find what you are looking for. However, the real beauty of electronic medical records is the ability to quickly and easily share important patient data with referring physicians and other healthcare providers as needed.
The iPad gives the medical industry the flexibility, portability, reliability and practicality that it has needed to move toward electronic medical records with ease. Medical physicians were so excited about the battery life and reasonable costs that many of them purchased their own iPad before their practice adopted them as standard tools in the practice.
Amputee victims in Haiti receive physical therapy from volunteer therapist but tracking of these patients becomes nearly impossible.