• The Profitable PT: 5 Simple Strategies for Private Practice Success Image

    downloadApr 25, 2019

    The Profitable PT: 5 Simple Strategies for Private Practice Success

    So, you’ve opened your very own private practice—congratulations! Opening a PT practice is no easy feat, and you’ve dedicated long days and sleepless nights to getting your fledgling business off the ground. But the work doesn’t stop once you have a steady stream of patients—and if you want to see your practice not only grow, but also thrive, then it’s time to tend to the roots of your most crucial business processes. We gathered firsthand business advice …

  • 3 Keys to Creating Content Your Patients Actually Want to Read Image

    articleApr 17, 2019 | 6 min. read

    3 Keys to Creating Content Your Patients Actually Want to Read

    You’ve got a blog , an email newsletter , and an active social media presence . And that’s all great—as long as you’re using those channels to publish original content that your network of patients (current, past, and prospective ones) actually want to consume. Otherwise, you’re putting in an awful lot of work for very little reward. But how do you ensure you’re (1) generating physical therapy blog ideas that actually resonate with your audience, and (2) …

  • 6 Stress Reduction Tips for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleApr 12, 2019 | 6 min. read

    6 Stress Reduction Tips for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    When you work as a rehab therapist, no two days are the same. And while that can be exciting (who enjoys monotony?), it can also create a lot of stress. Add in the fact that you’re working with patients who may be frustrated, in pain, or just generally grumpy, and you’ve got a whole lot to handle day-in and day-out. This holds especially true if you’re feeling overworked and under-supported, which can often happen in a busy …

  • What’s a Value Prop, and Why Does Your PT Clinic Need One? Image

    articleApr 1, 2019 | 6 min. read

    What’s a Value Prop, and Why Does Your PT Clinic Need One?

    We’ve written a gazillion posts about the importance of selling the value of physical therapy—as well as the value of your specific services. After all, so few of the patients who could benefit from receiving physical therapy are actually receiving it. Thus, it’s clear that most of the general public still doesn’t understand what this profession is capable of —namely, helping people restore function, improve wellbeing, and recover from injury without relying on dangerous, costly interventions such …

  • The Most Common Physical Therapy Abbreviations Image

    articleMar 27, 2019 | 7 min. read

    The Most Common Physical Therapy Abbreviations

    Physical therapy abbreviations are frequently used by PTs and PTAs to denote various movements, devices, viewpoints, anatomical landmarks, surgical procedures, and even professional certifications. There are many different abbreviations floating around out there, and we felt it made sense to create a comprehensive guide to PT shorthand. This article is divided into two sections: clinical terminology and professional terminology. We’ll start with the abbreviations that are generally used in clinical practice and documentation. Then, we’ll move on …

  • [Quiz] Is Your PT Clinic Marketing to the Right Patients? Image

    articleMar 25, 2019 | 1 min. read

    [Quiz] Is Your PT Clinic Marketing to the Right Patients?

    We’ve been talking about the importance of marketing directly to patients for a while now. After all, patient-consumers are taking an even more active role in their healthcare decisions . But even PT clinics that do market their practices to patients often do so without having a strategy in place. And that’s concerning, because if you’re not thinking strategically about how you’re spending your marketing dollars—not to mention your time—then you’re probably not going to see the …

  • The PT's Guide to Building Better Referral Relationships Image

    articleMar 20, 2019 | 9 min. read

    The PT's Guide to Building Better Referral Relationships

    We’re big fans of patient-centered marketing —especially now that all 50 states have direct access laws that allow PTs to, at minimum, evaluate patients without a referral. But that doesn’t mean you should rely entirely on word-of-mouth to bring in new clients. After all, many states have limited direct access laws that prevent PTs from having full control over their patients’ medical journey—and many payers still require some degree of physician involvement in therapy care plans. So, …

  • 3 Emerging Trends in OT Telehealth and Technology Image

    articleMar 15, 2019 | 10 min. read

    3 Emerging Trends in OT Telehealth and Technology

    If you’ve been to Ascend —or any business-related rehab therapy event—you’ve certainly heard this common complaint: “There are so many patients who would benefit from OT, PT, and SLP—but they aren't making it into our clinics.” To make matters worse, we therapy professionals aren't very good at retaining the patients who do come to see us. And, of the few patients who complete an entire course of therapy, many don’t comply with their home exercise programs (HEPs) …

  • When Patients Can't Pay: The How and Why of Financing Programs Image

    articleMar 13, 2019 | 5 min. read

    When Patients Can't Pay: The How and Why of Financing Programs

    Most patients— especially those with whom your practice has a good rapport —want to pay their bills. Unfortunately, with the rise of high-deductible healthcare plans , patients are now responsible for a larger portion of their healthcare bills (in addition to insurance plan premiums). As a result, many well-intentioned people are simply unable to cover the cost of the care they need. This problem is exacerbated for specialities like rehab therapy, because patients typically need to attend …

  • 4 Things We Must Do to Save PT From Certain Death (as Told at the 2019 Graham Sessions) Image

    articleMar 11, 2019 | 23 min. read

    4 Things We Must Do to Save PT From Certain Death (as Told at the 2019 Graham Sessions)

    In one of the last talks at the 2019 Graham Sessions, a young physical therapist boldly stated that in focusing solely on survival, we are actually killing the PT profession. We are clinging to a reactive—rather than proactive—mode of operation, and in doing so, we are surrendering the millions of patients we could be helping to other, less-skilled professionals. And that means we are failing them. In essence, we are standing idle, content with the status quo …

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