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.
Atlantic Physical Therapy Center leverages outcomes data to continually improve patient engagement, care quality, and revenue.
Improving patient outcomes doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, you’ll need to up-skill your staff to improve healthcare delivery.
The first rule of the Graham Sessions is that you don’t talk about the Graham Sessions. Well, sort of. This annual “think tank” event isn’t quite as clandestine as Fight Club, but the rules are definitely a bit different than those associated with any other PT industry conference.
Fall is officially here—and all across the country, people are enjoying cozy sweaters, crisp mornings, and pumpkin spice lattes. For those of us in the physical therapy space, fall brings another exciting seasonal ritual: National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM). Each October, the PT community—led by the APTA—unites around a specific theme as we celebrate and promote our profession. In an effort to bring even more attention to its #ChoosePT campaign, the APTA has decided to make this social-ready catchphrase the theme of NPTM 2016.
Widespread data accessibility and usability are crucial to success in a value-driven healthcare environment.
It’s September, which means the weather’s cooling down, pumpkin-flavored everything is now available, and students—including future physical therapists—are heading back to school. If you’re in PT school right now, then this letter goes out to you, because the industry that you’re about to step into isn’t your grandparents’. It’s not even your parents’.
On the WebPT Blog, we’ve extensively covered the benefits of tracking and accurately analyzing outcomes data—from why it’s essential for patient safety to why it’s necessary to brand physical therapists as neuromuscular experts. But, as we move toward a pay-for-performance healthcare paradigm, objective outcomes data won’t merely be beneficial to physical therapists; it will be necessary for them to get paid.
How commoditization is keeping PTs down—and what they must do to rise up.
If you track outcomes data, you have access to information that highlights the effectiveness of your treatment and proves your value as a provider. But many standardized outcome measurements are missing the most crucial aspect of the patient experience: the patient’s own point of view. And when it comes to assessing the success of your treatment—and the overall safety and wellbeing of your patients—this is the perspective you need most.
Patients are supposed to trust their doctors. So, when your doctor writes you a prescription, you usually don’t question it; you fill it, take it, and hope that it will make you better. But, what happens when a prescription turns into an addiction? Unfortunately, millions of Americans have learned the answer to that question the hard way.