• The Roaring 2020s: Why We’re Entering Rehab Therapy’s Greatest Era Image

    articleAug 27, 2019 | 5 min. read

    The Roaring 2020s: Why We’re Entering Rehab Therapy’s Greatest Era

    High out-of-pocket costs. Inefficient care paths. Market Consolidation. Unfair payer and government policy. I could probably draw out this list for several paragraphs, but you get the idea—there’s a lot that we, as rehab therapists, are up against. And most of it is seemingly out of our control. If you pay attention to politics—and with the next election cycle already taking over national news headlines, it’s kind of hard not to—then you know that debate over healthcare …

  • Founder Letter: The Cost-Shifting Conundrum: How to Combat High Patient Copays Image

    articleAug 6, 2019 | 9 min. read

    Founder Letter: The Cost-Shifting Conundrum: How to Combat High Patient Copays

    In our 2019 State of Rehab Therapy survey , 80% of respondents cited payer requirements as the top reason their organizations require physician referrals as a condition of treatment (even in states with unrestricted direct access ). Additionally, high copays and coinsurances were by far the top-ranked regulatory issue in terms of impact to the physical therapy industry and profession. In other words, as it stands, the insurance industry (and its propensity to shift costs onto patients …

  • Founder Letter: Bill to Thrill: 10 RCM Tweaks to Improve the Patient Experience in Your Practice Image

    articleJul 2, 2019 | 9 min. read

    Founder Letter: Bill to Thrill: 10 RCM Tweaks to Improve the Patient Experience in Your Practice

    I don’t want to beat around the bush: health care—physical, occupational, and speech therapy included—is expensive. But the true cost of skyrocketing healthcare spending goes beyond out-of-pocket deductibles , because patients are allowing their health to take a backseat to other expenses. Last month, I stressed the importance of winning patients for life by marketing to them throughout the entire customer lifecycle. And I don’t want to undermine the value of keeping patients engaged throughout the entire …

  • Founder Letter: How to Win Patients for Life Image

    articleJun 5, 2019 | 12 min. read

    Founder Letter: How to Win Patients for Life

    Over the past few months, we’ve examined marketing from every angle—from referral marketing to marketing a cash-based practice . But before we move away from this theme, I want to bring it all back to the heart of why marketing matters: it enables us to deliver our message—and promote the value we, as rehab therapists, provide—to the patients who need us most. All too often, practices churn out patients like products on an assembly line—treating them quickly, …

  • Founder Letter: 6 Ridiculously Simple Ways to Get More Direct Access Patients Today Image

    articleMay 1, 2019 | 13 min. read

    Founder Letter: 6 Ridiculously Simple Ways to Get More Direct Access Patients Today

    Imagine a world where—much like the King of the Seven Kingdoms must gain the approval of his councilors before making any major decisions—patients have to consult their primary care physicians before they can see any other healthcare provider (whether that’s a dentist or a chiropractor). Sounds ridiculous, right? And if every health and wellness professional relied on physician referrals to keep a steady flow of patients, the competition would be pretty steep—and it’d be much harder to …

  • Founder Letter: 6 Free Ways to Improve Your PT Marketing Image

    articleApr 3, 2019 | 9 min. read

    Founder Letter: 6 Free Ways to Improve Your PT Marketing

    Inspiration often comes from the most unexpected places. During my “What I Believe” speech at this year’s Graham Sessions , I offhandedly suggested an easy, free way to boost PT site traffic. It was a totally anecdotal part of my talk, but I received an enormously positive response about it. In fact, people came up to me afterwards and thanked me for the suggestion. That got me thinking: rising costs and declining reimbursements are obstacles that all …

  • Founder Letter: Guts and Data: Why You Need Both to Make Better Business Decisions Image

    articleFeb 5, 2019 | 9 min. read

    Founder Letter: Guts and Data: Why You Need Both to Make Better Business Decisions

    Imagine you were completely convinced that one of your patients needed treatment for sciatica. You didn’t perform many clinical tests, and you didn’t monitor outcomes, because your gut told you that sciatica treatment was the answer. Yet over time, you found that your treatment wasn’t helping your patient; as a matter of fact, it was making symptoms worse. Had you thoroughly tested the patient at the onset of treatment, you might never have treated him or her …

  • Founder Letter: 3 Ways to Become a Better PT, OT, or SLP in 2019 Image

    articleJan 8, 2019 | 11 min. read

    Founder Letter: 3 Ways to Become a Better PT, OT, or SLP in 2019

    It’s official; we’ve closed out 2018 and are stepping into a brand-new year. While I don’t recommend saving up those important intentions and resolutions for the kick-off of a new year, it does represent a potent time to release the things that no longer serve us—and embrace more of what does. In the past, I’ve used this occasion to put out some predictions for the year to come—and I’ve done that again here —but right now, I’d …

  • Founder Letter: What to Do About MIPS in 2019 Image

    articleNov 6, 2018 | 9 min. read

    Founder Letter: What to Do About MIPS in 2019

    As 2019 looms, we've been getting a lot of questions about Medicare's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) —specifically, whether or not all physical, occupational, and speech therapists need to report and, if there is a penalty, how to avoid it. These are both great questions—and luckily, fairly easy ones to answer. But one of the reasons why there is so much confusion swirling about Medicare's latest reporting program is that there's a lot of misleading information—and even …

  • Founder Letter: Is Insurance Really the Enemy? Image

    articleSep 5, 2018 | 7 min. read

    Founder Letter: Is Insurance Really the Enemy?

    If you’ve been a part of the physical therapy profession for any length of time, I don’t have to tell you how many barriers stand between patients and access to quality physical therapy care. From skyrocketing premiums to restrictions on direct access , it often feels like the odds are stacked against us. In fact, during our recent industry-wide survey , rehab therapists ranked insurance requirements as the top barrier to accessing patients before they see a …

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