• articleDec 18, 2012 | 2 min. read

    Finding Inspiration through Education, Improvement, and Expertise

    Today’s blog post comes from Harrison Vaughan, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. SMT. Harrison is a physical therapist at In Touch Therapy in South Hill, Virginia, and runs the In Touch Physical Therapy blog . Follow him on Twitter @intouchpt. I always have one question for volunteers who come to observe me that are interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy: "Do you like to solve problems or fix problems?" This is one aspect of a physical therapist …

  • articleDec 11, 2012 | 5 min. read

    Why I Became a PT

    Today’s post comes from WebPT Member Mike Taylor, PT, MBA, OCS, from OrthoSport Physical Therapy . Thanks, Mike! When asked why they wanted to go into healthcare, I bet 98% of the people applying to physical therapy school, medical school, nursing school, or any other health-related program said it was because they wanted to help people. I believed this in 10th grade, during my first introduction to physical therapy after a knee injury playing soccer, and I …

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    articleNov 28, 2012 | 5 min. read

    Functional Outcome Measures

    Today's post comes from Tom Ambury, PT and compliance officer at  PT Compliance Group , based off this month’s “Compliance Chat” blog post . By now, I hope most of you are using functional outcome measures. If you haven’t started yet, you might want to consider taking the next few weeks to get prepared and begin the process in January of 2013. Why? Let’s start with the fact that physical therapy documentation is coming under greater scrutiny …

  • articleNov 12, 2012 | 5 min. read

    Details and Discussion on the $3,700 Threshold Update

    Today's post comes from Tom Ambury, PT and compliance officer at  PT Compliance Group , based off this month’s “Compliance Chat” blog post . We are now well into the exception process associated with the $3,700 threshold. The clinics that I’ve been working with have done fairly well in that they have not received any outright denials of services. But let's look at the responses we have received: The responses from the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have …

  • articleOct 30, 2012 | 4 min. read

    Documentation Sucks, but WebPT Rocks!

    Today’s blog post comes from  Ann Wendel ,  PT.  Ann is the owner of  PranaPT , a member of WebPT, and an active social media participant (@PranaPT). Thanks, Ann! I love the Documentation Sucks campaign! The slogan is attention-grabbing, succinct, and effective because it hooks us through emotion. I know that some people initially took issue with using the word “sucks” in a professional marketing campaign; but WebPT founder Heidi Jannenga did a great job of explaining …

  • articleOct 15, 2012 | 2 min. read

    Documentation Sucks (A Poem)

    By Jack Sparacio (@SparacioPT), MSPT, COMT, CFMT, and owner of   PT Marketing Consultants   and   Sparacio Physical Therapy in New York. Ditch the pen and paper is the message of this poem. I’m not staying in this office; I’m not taking one chart home. Ditch the pen and paper, handwriting is a strain. All these lengthy SOAP notes are causing my hand pain. Ditch the pen and paper. Where the heck is that chart? I …

  • articleOct 4, 2012 | 4 min. read

    Why I Ditched the Pen & Paper

    Today’s post comes from WebPT Member Mike Taylor, PT, MBA, OCS, from OrthoSport Physical Therapy . Thanks, Mike! I remember how excited I was in 1989 to legally be able to sign my notes with “PT” after my name. All the schooling and training was finally over, I was really proud and very happy to sign that signature. Writing a SOAP note? My pleasure. Discharge Summary? No problem. Oh, how times have changed for me after 23 …

  • articleSep 28, 2012 | 4 min. read

    Modern Marketing: A Waste of Time or Time Well Spent?

    Today's blog post comes from Jack Sparacio , MSPT, COMT, CFMT, and owner of PT Marketing Consultants and Sparacio Physical Therapy . Like many of you, I am a private practice owner and the dedicated marketing director of my company.  Over the last few years, with the continuous evolution of social media and web development, companies are changing their approach to marketing. Modern digital strategies are replacing more traditional, “old school” marketing. Unless you have been living …

  • articleSep 26, 2012 | 5 min. read

    Seven Tips for a Successful Physical Therapy Website

    Today’s blog post comes from David Straight, PT, DPT, OCS, and President of E-rehab  Millions of Americans search for solutions to their movement disorders every year—and most don’t even consider physical therapy an option. Physical therapy, in most states, is still a referral-based business. In fact, a recent article in Spine stated that less than ten percent of the 32,000 back patients studied actually saw a physical therapist. However, physical therapy websites have seen a steady increase …

  • articleSep 24, 2012 | 5 min. read

    Marketing the PT Profession

    Today’s blog post comes from  Ann Wendel ,  PT.  Ann is the owner of PranaPT , a member of WebPT, and an active social media participant (@PranaPT). Thanks, Ann! In keeping with this month’s theme of marketing physical therapy as a profession, I wanted to share the three things that I believe lead to success with any endeavor. There are many different ways to market, but if you want your campaign to have impact, you need to …

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