• Putting the PT in Hospital: Direct Access in Acute Care Image

    articleNov 2, 2017 | 8 min. read

    Putting the PT in Hospital: Direct Access in Acute Care

    Physical therapy is a relatively new profession—although its origins can be traced back to Hippocrates in 460 BC . And it has quite the interesting history. In the US, many healthcare practitioners used physical therapy techniques to help patients during the polio epidemic of 1916. Then, according to this US Army Medical Department page and this slide deck by Aaron Keil, PT, DPT, OCS, it was World War I—which the US entered in 1917—that really propelled the …

  • Pop Goes the PT: Why Rehab Therapy is Crucial to Population Health Management Image

    articleOct 27, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Pop Goes the PT: Why Rehab Therapy is Crucial to Population Health Management

    Breaking: The United States is among the top 10 most unhealthy countries in the world. Okay, that probably doesn’t come as a shock, but it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, research shows that Americans are increasing their overall physical activity and nixing unhealthy habits like tobacco use . These notable changes likely contribute to another positive trend: for the first time in decades, the rate of obesity in the United States is holding steady— and …

  • 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 …

  • 3 Reasons Interoperability is the Difference-Maker for Patient Experience Image

    articleAug 21, 2017 | 6 min. read

    3 Reasons Interoperability is the Difference-Maker for Patient Experience

    The discussion about interoperability has been a long-standing one. By now, we all understand the importance of ensuring that the data healthcare providers record is accessible to other healthcare professionals. As Maxwell Stroud—lead consultant of Galen Healthcare Solutions—wrote in this Healthcare Informatics article , “We want the data that we collect to be visible, actionable, and presented in context.” And to achieve that, “we analyze the needs of the hospital, the clinics, the lab, the billing office, …

  • The EMR Software Comparison Workbook for Outpatient Rehab Therapy Image

    downloadAug 10, 2017

    The EMR Software Comparison Workbook for Outpatient Rehab Therapy

    Selecting an EMR for your outpatient rehab therapy clinic can be challenging, especially because not everything on the market is going to meet your needs. That’s why we’ve created this workbook—to help you compare your top three prospective EMRs across every feature, tool, and product necessary to ensure defensible documentation, optimal billing, and successful practice management. If a potential software system doesn’t have one of these line items, you can—and should—do better. Download the EMR Software Comparison …

  • A Director of Rehab’s Take on the Future of Hospital-Based Therapy Image

    articleMar 30, 2017 | 7 min. read

    A Director of Rehab’s Take on the Future of Hospital-Based Therapy

    Thanks to a seemingly endless stream of healthcare reform initiatives, providers—especially large-scale providers like hospitals —are under greater pressure to reduce treatment costs while simultaneously improving patient outcomes. To do that, many hospital leaders are looking inward and re-evaluating the way they leverage the resources at their disposal—including traditionally overlooked care options like rehab therapy. In this interview-style post, Matt Kraemer—the director of acute and outpatient therapy services at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix —discusses how this …

  • The Bundle Conundrum: Should PTs Participate in CJR? Image

    articleNov 9, 2016 | 6 min. read

    The Bundle Conundrum: Should PTs Participate in CJR?

    There a lot of hot topics in health care right now. Among top trending terms like “Affordable Care Act,” “pay-for-performance,” and “value-based care,” you’ve also probably heard “Medicare bundled payments”—specifically, “CJR” (or Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement ). It’s a new bundled payment model from CMS, and it is of particular importance to outpatient rehab providers. As this article explains, “CJR will support better care for patients who are undergoing elective hip and knee replacement surgeries—the two …

  • Triumph in the Triple-Aim Game: The Healthcare Executive’s Guide to Readmission Reduction, Patient Safety Promotion, and ACO Success Image

    downloadSep 28, 2016

    Triumph in the Triple-Aim Game: The Healthcare Executive’s Guide to Readmission Reduction, Patient Safety Promotion, and ACO Success

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other reform efforts have brought forth a renewed emphasis on care coordination at all points along the care continuum—including the period after hospital discharge. As part of this push, new financial incentives and penalties have put healthcare executives at the center of a high-pressure game of tug-of-war in which they must simultaneously improve care quality and reduce costs. Talk about a catch-22. Enter your email address below to download this guide …

  • So Long to Silos: Why Health Systems Must Embrace Interoperability Now Image

    articleSep 9, 2016 | 5 min. read

    So Long to Silos: Why Health Systems Must Embrace Interoperability Now

    Rome wasn’t built in a day—and interoperability across all health data systems won’t be achieved overnight. In fact, we’ve been paving the road to complete connectivity for several years now , and there’s still no definitive end in sight. But now, more than ever, the companies providing those systems have some serious incentive to hasten the pace of their construction efforts: I’m talking about the nationwide push toward value-based, patient-centered care delivery . After all, to succeed …

  • PT in the ED: Why Hospitals are Bringing Rehab Therapy to the Emergency Room Image

    articleSep 2, 2016 | 5 min. read

    PT in the ED: Why Hospitals are Bringing Rehab Therapy to the Emergency Room

    In TV hospital dramas, the emergency room is a place for trauma—the gushing-blood, broken-bone, mangled-limb variety. Those ailments don’t exactly fall into the wheelhouse of most physical and occupational therapists, which is why many ER or Grey’s Anatomy fans would be surprised to see a PT or OT cameo in an emergency department scene. But, as with many Hollywood-manufactured depictions of the world, this one doesn’t quite match up to real life. In fact, a growing number …

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