• The Rehab Therapist’s Guide to Facebook Advertising Success Image

    articleSep 22, 2017 | 10 min. read

    The Rehab Therapist’s Guide to Facebook Advertising Success

    A couple of months ago, I explained steps for optimizing your Facebook page . Since then, you’ve (hopefully) steadily improved your page’s performance. You’ve created your page, completely filled out your profile, begun building your reviews, and started posting and engaging on a regular basis. Now, it’s time to take the next step: running Facebook Ads. Facebook Ads provide a cost-effective way for you to reach a super-targeted audience. It might sound complicated, but don't be intimidated. …

  • 5 Things Small Practices Need to Know about HIPAA Image

    articleSep 20, 2017 | 9 min. read

    5 Things Small Practices Need to Know about HIPAA

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 —a.k.a. HIPAA—does not distinguish between large and small practices. Fortunately, regulators do. While the law imposes the same requirements upon solo practitioners and large rehab hospitals, the manner in which those requirements are applied may depend upon your practice size. Contrary to what many providers believe, the onus of HIPAA’s requirements won’t hamper your clinical practice. In fact, I’ve found that they actually do the opposite: HIPAA provides …

  • Medicare and Direct Access Image

    articleSep 20, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Medicare and Direct Access

    As of 2005, per the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual (Publication 100-02), Medicare beneficiaries may seek physical therapy services without seeing a physician or obtaining a referral. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Well, we know it wouldn’t be Medicare if it was truly that straightforward. Here’s how the plot thickens: According to the APTA , “a patient must be ‘under the care of a physician,’ which is indicated by the physician certification of the plan of care.” Confused? Me …

  • Second That Emotion: How Emotional Intelligence Creates Loyal Patients Image

    articleSep 19, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Second That Emotion: How Emotional Intelligence Creates Loyal Patients

    If you’re a fan of “The Office,” you’re undoubtedly familiar with Michael Scott’s cringe-inducing behavior. While his awkward, emotional outbursts make for great comedy, if you had to work with someone like Michael, you probably wouldn’t stick around very long. And if that person were a rehab therapist, his or her patients probably wouldn’t stick around very long, either. That’s because—as funny as Steve Carell's iconic character is—Michael is impetuous and emotional (and not in a good …

  • D’Oh! 3 Major Physical Therapy Marketing Fails Image

    articleSep 18, 2017 | 8 min. read

    D’Oh! 3 Major Physical Therapy Marketing Fails

    Homer Simpson introduced the catchphrase “d’oh!” on the long-running cartoon sitcom, The Simpsons, in 1989. It’s arguably one of the most recognizable catchphrases in American pop culture. So much so, in fact, that the Oxford Dictionary of English added the word in 2001. Defined as an informal exclamation “used to comment on a foolish or stupid action, especially one's own,” “d’oh” is the most fitting—and safe for work—reaction to committing a major fail. “D’oh” is even more …

  • Bigger and Better: How to Improve Patient Experience in Your Large Therapy Practice Image

    articleSep 15, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Bigger and Better: How to Improve Patient Experience in Your Large Therapy Practice

    Think back to the scrappy, bootstrapped start-up era of your practice. If I had to guess, I’d bet those early days were infused with optimism, enthusiasm, and healthy dose of anxiety. But with a lot of hard work—and maybe a little luck—word spread about the quality of your patient care, and your budding clinic flourished into a strong, healthy business. Perhaps you even added another location or two—or more. And at that point, you probably realized that—as …

  • The Healthcare Provider's Guide to HIPAA-Compliant Marketing Image

    articleSep 14, 2017 | 6 min. read

    The Healthcare Provider's Guide to HIPAA-Compliant Marketing

    In 1966, US Congress passed the Health Information Portability and Accountability ACT (HIPAA). And as we explained here , this “dense piece of legislation...has serious implications for virtually all medical professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.” Specifically, all HIPAA-covered entities—and that includes providers, payers, and business associates—“must follow certain rules governing the way patient protected health information (PHI) is collected, shared, and used.” And consequences for HIPAA breaches can be severe. While you may …

  • 5 Things I Wish I had Learned in PT School Image

    articleSep 12, 2017 | 10 min. read

    5 Things I Wish I had Learned in PT School

    I am not one of those people who bounded out of physical therapy school, brimming with confidence and ready to take on the world. I didn’t lead any groups or clubs during school. I made absolutely no effort to network. And I wound up spending the first two years of my PT career bouncing around a bit, trying to find my footing in the physical therapy industry. While I had a really solid clinical education in PT …

  • PTs Heard 'Round the World: Celebrating World PT Day 2017 Image

    articleSep 8, 2017 | 4 min. read

    PTs Heard 'Round the World: Celebrating World PT Day 2017

      One day each year, the whole world comes together to celebrate physical therapy and its impact on patient health—and that day is today. So, happy World PT Day 2017. According to the World Confederation for Physical Therapy , World Physical Therapy Day “is an opportunity for physical therapists from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile, and independent.” While every year focuses on “Movement …

  • High Note: Why Documentation is Good for Patient Satisfaction Image

    articleSep 7, 2017 | 4 min. read

    High Note: Why Documentation is Good for Patient Satisfaction

    These days, it’s tough to get people to agree on, well, pretty much anything—but if there’s one thing we learned from our recent industry-wide survey , it’s that rehab therapists’ dislike of paperwork is fairly universal. In fact, the vast majority of survey-takers said that completing documentation was their number-one frustration at both the individual and company level. (Hooray for unity, am I right?) But, documentation isn’t going anywhere any time soon; so, many therapy providers have …

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