• Better Together? The Potential Benefits of Refinancing and Consolidating PT Student Loans Image

    articleMar 23, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Better Together? The Potential Benefits of Refinancing and Consolidating PT Student Loans

    Coming up with a plan for paying off your student loans can be stressful, but short of the highly unlikely prospect of having your physical therapy student loans forgiven—hey, you can dream, right?—you’re going to be writing loan repayment checks for a while. But, there are some things you can do to minimize the cost of those loans—things like loan consolidation and refinancing. Many PT students and recent grads are confused on the topics of refinancing and …

  • How to Train Your Staff on a New EMR Software Image

    articleMar 20, 2017 | 4 min. read

    How to Train Your Staff on a New EMR Software

    Perhaps you plan to involve your staff in the early stages of your software-vetting process—or while you’re implementing these great strategies for making the switch seamless . And that’s fantastic. However, it’s absolutely imperative that you include them once EMR software training rolls around . It’s simply the best way to ensure your team is comfortable and confident using the system once it’s go-time. Otherwise, you risk reduced productivity and employee happiness—both of which are bad for …

  • Easy Exit: 3 Simple Tips for Switching EMR Systems Image

    articleMar 16, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Easy Exit: 3 Simple Tips for Switching EMR Systems

    You’re a savvy practitioner and practice owner, which means if you’re considering switching EMR systems, you’ve already done your homework—everything from making a thorough pro-con list to performing an EMR cost comparison. As a result, you know it’s time to trade in your subpar software solution for one that saves time and money , ensures Medicare compliance , and integrates your documentation with your scheduling and billing . That way, you can maximize patient visits and get …

  • Why My Practice Can’t Live Without Outcomes Tracking Image

    articleMar 15, 2017 | 3 min. read

    Why My Practice Can’t Live Without Outcomes Tracking

    If you don’t measure it, you cannot improve it. For a long time, as our business was growing, we operated by feel. And we “felt” we were doing a good job. Once we started tracking our physical therapy outcomes , though, we finally knew. We found out that we were doing a good job—in some areas. In other areas, we found out that we needed more work. The main point is that we were flying blind until …

  • St. Paddy's Day Quiz: What's Your Traditional Irish Medicine Technique? Image

    articleMar 13, 2017 | 1 min. read

    St. Paddy's Day Quiz: What's Your Traditional Irish Medicine Technique?

    Back in the Irish days of yore, there was no such thing as physical therapy. Heck, there were barely even doctors—at least as we know them today. In fact, before the advent of modern medicine, the healing community prescribed some pretty strange remedies to common ailments like headaches and joint pain. So, if you had practiced medicine back in old-timey Ireland, what would have been your go-to treatment? Take this quick 10-question quiz to find out.   …

  • Social Networking with Purpose: A Guide for OTs Image

    articleMar 10, 2017 | 4 min. read

    Social Networking with Purpose: A Guide for OTs

    1.86 billion Facebook users and myself agree: online networking platforms represent one of the best technological advances in recent years. If you aren’t leveraging the online sphere to grow your occupational therapy network, you may be missing out. However, we all know by now that the online world can be a rabbit hole of dead ends and misadventures. It is, therefore, critical to approach social networking with purpose.  Here are three steps to help you do just …

  • 8 Tips for Selling Your Boss on the Software You Need Image

    articleMar 1, 2017 | 7 min. read

    8 Tips for Selling Your Boss on the Software You Need

    Most of us have to have tough, frank conversations with our bosses from time to time, but none may be quite as daunting as “the pitch”—you know, when you have a great idea, but you have to convince your supervisor it's a winner before it’ll see the light of day. This is not the time to “wing it”—no, before entering this type of discussion, it’s important to do your homework. If you’re pitching your boss on a …

  • WebPT Member Q&A: Why PTs Absolutely Must Track Outcomes Image

    articleFeb 27, 2017 | 7 min. read

    WebPT Member Q&A: Why PTs Absolutely Must Track Outcomes

    Brian Rodriguez, PT, DPT, OCS, is the owner of Utah Physical Therapy Specialists in West Jordan, Utah. There, he treats a variety of orthopedic conditions, specializing in sports injuries, spine problems, headaches, auto accident cases, geriatric problems, and work injuries. A WebPT Member since 2012, Brian’s clinic was one of the first to put WebPT Outcomes to work. In this interview-style post, Brian provides his two-cents on the importance of outcomes tracking , explains how he built …

  • Suppressing Sticker Shock: How to Handle Your Patients’ High-Deductible Health Plans Image

    webinarFeb 23, 2017

    Suppressing Sticker Shock: How to Handle Your Patients’ High-Deductible Health Plans

    Copayments, coinsurances, unresolved balances—oh my! Any one of these can cause headaches for healthcare providers, but as healthcare reform efforts shift more and more financial burden to insurance beneficiaries, today’s practitioners are increasingly facing all three. And these challenges are not only hurting their patient acquisition and retention rates, but also their bottom lines. Tired of spending time verifying benefits only to lose those patients to copay sticker shock? Stuck in a constant cycle of pursuing past-due …

  • Sharpen Your Saw: My Top 3 Takeaways from CSM 2017 Image

    articleFeb 23, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Sharpen Your Saw: My Top 3 Takeaways from CSM 2017

    Sometimes you have to take a break from the “work” of your work to hone your skills and take your game to the next level. After returning home from this year’s APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in San Antonio, I feel like that statement rings particularly true; after all, it takes stepping outside your office—and the comfort zone you’ve created inside those walls—to learn new ideas and approaches that will help you become more effective and efficient …

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