Are physical therapists valuable? Or are they merely a commodity? Such were the tough questions asked at Ascend 2015.
To tDPT, or not to tDPT: that is the question. Here’s the info you need to come up with an answer.
Pay-for-performance has emerged as a front-runner in the race to drive down healthcare costs while raising the quality of care. But what, exactly, does this buzz term mean?
You don’t have to pack a parka and catch a plane to Indy to get in on all the informational goodness of this year’s APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), because I’m serving it up right here on the WebPT Blog. Here’s my day three recap.
Over the last several months, we focused much of our content on the significance of documentation. Not simply because of its importance in remaining compliant and receiving reimbursements but also because of the bigger picture—it’s crucial in elevating our profession; achieving autonomy, direct access, and respect; and receiving the recognition we deserve as the musculoskeletal experts.
Today’s blog post comes from WebPT Co-Founder Heidi Jannenga, PT, MPT, ATC/L. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about functional limitation reporting—also known as claims-based outcome reporting (CBOR) and G-code reporting. Regardless of what your clinic calls it, functional limitation reporting is coming quickly.
therapy is, and always will be, about exceptional patient care. Therapists want to improve the lives of their patients. From Ancient Greece to World Wars I and II to today, physical therapy has been about treating people, not research methods. It’s no surprise, then, that the profession isn’t as evidence-based as other medical professions.
But times are a-changin’, and everyone from insurance companies to the educational and medical fields are craving uniformity, autonomy, and validity. Evidence-based practice has become essential. WebPT owner Heidi Jannenga, PT, MPT, ATC/L, puts it quite succinctly: “It’s time to prove what we do works.” How do we do that?
What better way to prove what you do than to set up and complete studies within your own facility? Easier said than done, sure, but you can enlist help. Find nearby schools with therapy programs. Students typically must complete capstone projects for their doctoral degree, and a study within your clinic makes a fine final project. Plus, college students totally understand that whole research methods thing. For an example of a therapy student study, check out Lauren Baier’s undergraduate thesis. She studied how video and photos in WebPT’s Home Exercise Program influence patient compliance.
What should we be measuring? Recently, there has been some debate from EMR providers over the type of data that should be provided to CMS when reporting clinical outcomes. CMS, in a newly proposed rule, wants to define and begin to use a new measure called CQM. CQM stands for Clinical Quality Measure and is used to establish the top tier providers for the effectiveness and necessity of specific treatments.
Most people don’t think about physical therapy after breast surgery however the the purpose of physical therapy – – to strengthen and improve mobility – – can be a critical factor in the quality of life for these patients. Patients who undergo this type of surgery immediately begin to realize this are of their body impacts how they move throughout their day. Helping these patients with daily exercises they can do to quickly recover and gain this mobility is critical to their physical and mental recovery.
It is not uncommon to see younger patients opting for joint replacement surgery while they are still in the physical condition to truly improve their physical function. Designing unique recovery and strengthening plans for these younger patients can be critical to their long-term, post surgery success.