The physical therapy profession has grown incredibly over the years—and it has evolved quite a bit in the process. From the early days of working with polio-stricken children and war survivors to the vast landscape of clinical and non-clinical positions that PTs hold today, the truth is that modern physical therapy would not be what it is without staunch advocates pushing us toward excellence along the way.
According to one 2020 Graham Sessions attendee, the PT field is facing a pretty grim future. “We have a pretty dire landscape,” he said. “It costs more to earn less.” PTs struggle, he argued, because we know what we’re worth—but that value is totally at odds with how the market values us.
The front desk of a PT, OT, or SLP practice is pretty much its control tower. When front office operations break down—and clinics fail to promptly return patient phone calls, schedule appointments at optimal intervals, check patients in and out, verify patient insurance information, or collect payment—then the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire organization suffers.
No matter where you are in your career—from bright-eyed new grad to experienced clinical leader—it’s natural to want to shine in your job. There are many ways to make a positive impact at work, from spreading good cheer to going above and beyond outside of your normal clinical duties.
How familiar are you with the Medicare guidelines for physical therapy documentation? What about for occupational therapy documentation? If you’re a PT or OT—and you’re anything less than 100% confident in your knowledge of the Medicare documentation rules that apply to your specialty—then you’ve come to the right place.
What if I told you that no single policy or engagement plan would be enough to motivate all of your employees—no matter how good it is? I hope you’re comfortable with your answer to that question, because that’s exactly what I’m telling you.
Wondering which PT specialty is right for you? Check out this post on the nine board-certified PT clinical specializations.
Many physical therapists dream of owning their own practice one day. While some clinicians wait until they’ve been working for years before they take the plunge, more and more new graduates are opting for clinic ownership right out of school. Regardless of when the timing feels right, one of the biggest decisions facing an aspiring clinic owner is whether to buy an existing PT practice or start one from scratch. Many folks wind up purchasing existing practices so they don’t have to build a patient load from the ground up or worry about forging relationships with referral sources.
Finding a balance between gut instinct and data analysis is the key to optimizing your business decision-making process.
“Productivity” is one of the most controversial terms in the physical therapy world these days. The vast majority of staff therapists are judged, to some extent, by their productivity numbers—and many are held to unrealistic standards that allow no margin of error to account for bathroom breaks, patient refusals, or even conferring with other medical team members regarding a patient’s care plan.