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Recap: What’s NEXT for Physical Therapy

Country music stars took over Nashville last week for the CMT Music Awards, but the only celebrities I was looking out for were at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. From Ben Fung and Sharon Dunn to John Childs and Fred Gilbert, the PT industry’s biggest stars gathered in Music City for APTA NEXT, a four-day conference focused on physical therapy education and innovation. If you didn’t have the chance to attend, here’s a look at what’s in store for the PT profession:

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You’ve Got Outcomes—Now What?

The launch of WebPT Outcomes is officially complete—which means every single WebPT clinic now has the ability to collect and track patient outcomes data directly within the EMR. And as you may have heard from our president and founder, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, that’s kind of a big deal. But, as Uncle Ben (Peter Parker’s uncle—not the rice guy) once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

We’d be doing our Members—and the entire healthcare community at large—a huge disservice if we didn’t provide a little guidance on how to use this power responsibly. So, we polled our Members and compiled a wealth of resources based on their questions about outcomes. We’ve even separated it all by role, because we have a “thing” for organization. (It also should make for easier reading and sharing.)

For Everyone

If you’re just looking for the nitty-gritty technical details—like recommended clinic settings or a deep dive into each report—we have a resource for that. (Note: Both of those links require you to log in to WebPT.) Actually, we have more than one resource: We created a comprehensive list of FAQs as well as an introductory webinar.

For Managers and Admins

Having trouble getting your staff on board with outcomes data collection? Lucky for you, we’ve got a number of resources to help you foster clinic-wide buy-in:

Need help getting the outcomes ball rolling—and keeping it in motion? Here’s a little guidance on how to add quality data collection into your current workflow and some examples of real-life clinics using outcomes data.

And for those clinics that are already amassing data, we’ve put together some tips on which reports to use for therapists’ performance reviews as well as how to use outcomes data when marketing to physicians or negotiating with payers.

Download your OMT Reference Guide

Looking for more details about the outcomes tools available within WebPT Outcomes? Enter your email address below, and we’ll send you a guide that explains how each tool works as well as how to calculate, interpret, and apply each score.

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For Therapists

We respect a healthy dose of nonconformity, but if you’re a therapist who’s still on the fence about outcomes, keep in mind that outcomes data packs a powerful punch when it comes to improving patient care and driving large-scale change across the healthcare industry.

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Outcomes and OMT FAQ

In January, we hosted a webinar focused on the importance of outcomes tracking in physical therapy. In addition to explaining why it’s absolutely critical that therapists collect objective data on patient progress, we highlighted a few of the reports available in WebPT Outcomes. With the move to a value-based payment environment already in full swing, outcomes tracking is a hot topic in the physical therapy space, and that meant lots of thoughtful question from our webinar audience.

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PT v Outcomes: Dawn of Value

Most superhero sagas revolve around a classic battle of good versus evil. The good guy—our hero—swoops in to save the day, rescuing everyone from whatever horrible deed the baddie was planning. But sometimes, a story needs two heroes to get the job done. While Batman and Superman are awesome—seriously, we love superheroes—in our world, the real superheroes are physical therapists.

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The Role of Outcomes in Patient-Centered Care

You already know that health care is about more than diagnosing and treating a disease or impairment—it’s about treating the whole person, because that person is more than his or her condition or symptoms. Fortunately, the rest of the healthcare community is finally catching on.

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