• Your Patients, Your Practice, and Your Business: The Case for Aligning Payment with Outcomes Image

    articleMay 10, 2018 | 7 min. read

    Your Patients, Your Practice, and Your Business: The Case for Aligning Payment with Outcomes

    Do therapists work , or do they practice ? It is not an insignificant question, and the answer speaks volumes about how we think about ourselves as professionals. Why is it that so few of us use the word practice to describe what we do? How does this affect the ability to: empower therapists to treat patients independently, and compensate them for their productivity and the quality of the services they deliver to patients? Before we dive …

  • Beignets on the Bayou: Top #APTACSM Social Moments of 2018 Image

    articleMar 2, 2018 | 5 min. read

    Beignets on the Bayou: Top #APTACSM Social Moments of 2018

    Last week, the WebPT team paraded through NOLA (literally) to celebrate our 10th anniversary at the APTA’s largest conference, the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) . And by gumbo, was it a treat. We got to gather in the great—and super humid—state of Louisiana with 17,000 other physical therapy professionals to learn, network, connect, and all that jazz. (Seriously, there was a lot of jazz.) And speaking of jazz, nothing gets me more jazzed than experiencing the buzz …

  • Straight to the Source: How to Get Employers On Board with Population Health Image

    articleJan 31, 2018 | 6 min. read

    Straight to the Source: How to Get Employers On Board with Population Health

    Healthcare spending has always been a touchy subject—and that might be truer now than ever before. Despite the fact that the United States spends more money on health care than any other country, that massive expenditure hasn’t necessarily translated into better health outcomes. Clearly, something needs to change, which is why many healthcare providers—including physical therapists—are fundamentally shifting the way health care is managed. Specifically, they are starting to explore care delivery models that allow them to …

  • Whoa, Domino: The Downstream Impact of a Weak HEP Software Image

    articleJan 18, 2018 | 5 min. read

    Whoa, Domino: The Downstream Impact of a Weak HEP Software

    They say a carpenter is only as good as his or her tools. So if you plan on making a masterpiece, then you want to use the best tools available. Otherwise, you’ll probably have to make a few concessions—and there’s a good chance you’ll end up with suboptimal results. And as a rehab therapist, it’s especially important that you use the best tools available, because the results of your labor have a direct impact on the wellbeing …

  • Our Comfort Zone is Killing Us: Top Takeaways from the 2018 Graham Sessions Image

    articleJan 17, 2018 | 15 min. read

    Our Comfort Zone is Killing Us: Top Takeaways from the 2018 Graham Sessions

    Most of the time, when I attend a conference—whether that be a physical therapy, healthcare technology, business, or leadership conference—I do so because I want to connect with, and learn from, others in my field. I want to take in and absorb their knowledge to supplement and expand the depth of my own expertise. And most of the conferences I attend—including the Graham Sessions —allow me to do just that. But, this year’s Graham Sessions were different. …

  • The YouTube Effect: What Online Exercise Videos Mean for the Future of Physical Therapy Image

    articleJan 9, 2018 | 5 min. read

    The YouTube Effect: What Online Exercise Videos Mean for the Future of Physical Therapy

    I’ll admit it: I’ve spent many a late night on YouTube, venturing deep into all of the wonderful weirdness it has to offer. It’s become an integral piece of the current pop culture zeitgeist and has given content creators, business owners, and anyone with an opinion and a smartphone a platform on which to broadcast themselves. (And, thanks to YouTube, I still can’t hear the Jurassic Park theme without thinking of this .) So, it’s no surprise …

  • MCIDs: What Are They, and Why Do They Matter? Image

    articleDec 28, 2017 | 3 min. read

    MCIDs: What Are They, and Why Do They Matter?

    Things aren’t always as they appear, and that’s certainly true when it comes to measuring the success of rehab therapy treatment. As any therapist knows, if you make decisions based on observational data alone, determining whether or not your treatment is making a difference can prove difficult. That’s why outcomes exist: they give therapists an objective, concrete way to measure patient improvement. But, a positive outcome score isn’t necessarily enough to tell you that your physical therapy …

  • 6 Things I Wish Anyone Would Have Told Me About Being a PT Image

    articleJul 26, 2017 | 7 min. read

    6 Things I Wish Anyone Would Have Told Me About Being a PT

    I realized I wanted to be a physical therapist after experiencing—and rehabbing—a knee injury while playing collegiate basketball. But until I actually became a PT, I didn’t understand what it really meant to practice physical therapy. A physical therapist not only treats a patient’s injury; he or she treats the whole person. And if that PT is in private practice, he or she also is trying to run a business while staying on top of changing market …

  • Data and Lobstah: What You Missed at APTA NEXT 2017 Image

    articleJun 27, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Data and Lobstah: What You Missed at APTA NEXT 2017

    Last week, Boston was brimming with more than hot lobstah—er, lobster—rich history, and die-hard sports fans. That’s because thousands of forward-thinking physical therapists joined together to learn, network, and discuss the future of the industry at APTA NEXT . Now, if you didn’t have a chance to attend this wicked-sweet, innovation-focused, four-day event, don’t worry. I had the opportunity to sit in on sessions, try a lobster roll for the first time, and boil down (no pun …

  • 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 …

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