The front desk of a PT, OT, or SLP practice is pretty much its control tower. When front office operations break down—and clinics fail to promptly return patient phone calls, schedule appointments at optimal intervals, check patients in and out, verify patient insurance information, or collect payment—then the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire organization suffers.
This may be a controversial opinion, but I love IKEA furniture: it’s stylish, minimalist, affordable, and very Scandinavian. Okay, so there’s a chance you’ll have a few screws and bits of fiberboard left over after piecing together your new Fjӓllbo TV stand—but as long as you have the right tools, putting it together is far from rocket science.
Whether you’re hiring the first member of your PT front office staff or the twenty-first, you want the best. After all, he or she will be responsible for making a great first impression to new patients, keeping your schedule filled, and starting the billing cycle on the right foot.
If you suspect fraud, abuse, or even waste occurring in your PT, OT, or SLP practice, here are some steps for addressing it.
Over the years, we’ve written quite a few blog posts about Medicare—covering everything from Medicare and direct access to Medicare supervision requirements—and I don’t foresee that stopping any time soon. After all, there are so many intricacies and nuances to navigating Medicare that we have fodder to write until, well, either the end of time or the end of Medicare—whichever comes first.
So, you want to deliver value-driven care? There are plenty of formal programs in play that are designed to foster value-driven care throughout the healthcare system (MIPS, PCMHs, and ACOs, to name a few).
If you ever look at negative company reviews on Glassdoor, you’ll see a recurring theme: “Management was awful, but my coworkers were great.” Coworkers can make or break your experience at a company, but even if you don’t immediately click with your team, there are plenty of ways to build camaraderie intentionally.
Collecting and tracking your clinic’s metrics is one of the most important things you can do to nurture the long-term success of your business. But, it’s one thing to collect and track all your metrics; knowing what to do with them is a whole other ball game—and you absolutely cannot afford to let them sit in a corner and gather dust.
If you own a business—or would like to own one at some point—then you’re probably on a constant hunt for the secret to entrepreneurial success and the formula for profitability. Business leaders want to know how to maximize profit and streamline workflows without overburdening staff and tanking morale.
Many physical therapists go through school with the goal of working in a specific setting. Some can’t wait to join an inpatient rehab facility; others are excited to work in outpatient orthopedics. Then there are the PTs who love the idea of home health , pediatrics, or skilled nursing facility (SNF) rehab.
Congratulations on your practice’s new addition! Bringing on a new PT can be a lot of work, but it’s also highly rewarding. There’s a lot to consider when you make such a big decision, and if you don’t cross all your t’s and dot all your i’s, the road ahead is certain to be bumpy.