Autonomy, direct access, and respect. We all know the fight—in fact, at this point these three words have become more like a rehab therapist mantra. But we get the sneaking suspicion that not everyone really understands what these words means. Today, let’s tackle autonomy.
Politics and party lines aside, it’s tough to debate the need for improvement in the current state of US healthcare. After all, the World Health Report 2000, Health Systems: Improving Performance, did rank the US health care system as 37th. In the world. Trending downward.
As you probably already figured out, we have two passions in life―well, maybe more, but for the purposes of this discussion let’s stick with top two―physical therapy and technology. That’s why we like to keep a close eye on everything that happens in the space where our two passions collide. We’re talkin’ #solvePT.
Anyone who is active in social media in the field of physical therapy knows that these are exciting times. PT’s are interacting in the public forum about practice issues affecting the current and future state of the profession. As more PT’s begin blogging, Tweeting, and connecting on LinkedIn groups, increasing opportunities exist to explore the role of communication.
By now, everyone is aware of the financial incentives available for clinicians who switch to Electronic Medical Records. The incentives are supposed to help clinics offset their costs while they digitize their entire office, including getting rid of those awful filing cabinets.
Before too much excitement sets in, you should also be aware that while Rehab professionals (Occupational and Physical Therapists) are required to make the switch under the mandate, they are not eligible for the financial incentives. The reasons for this exclusion are confusing, but we will save that for another blog post.
The lack of funds for Physical Therapists highlights a big factor in all of this. The EMR system they choose to put in place must increase profits or save the clinic money. The system must add productivity and lower costs without having a large start up investment. Most Therapists don’t have a large capital reserve to put up $30,000 to $60,0000 to get up and running with a new system.
A great article from Plus91, recently put forth some practical ways an EMR can drive up clinic revenues:
1,000 Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, and Physical Therapy Students gather at Capitol Hill to bring the issues surrounding the Rehab and Therapy community to the center of the political policy making arena. Congratulations to all who participated.
The California Physical Therapy Association is celebrating the failure of a bill they claimed would limit patient choice and provide a conflict of interest in regards to Physical Therapy treatment.
Support physical therapists to assist in treatment of head injuries sustained by student athletes in AZ
SB 1521 too narrowly defines health care providers and limits capable and knowledgeable Physical Therapists from assisting in such injury cases. Contact a representative today to ammned the bill.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Comission recently met with APTA to discuss a series of 4 recommendations. They urged the comission to reconsider a self-referral law that typically encourages physician owned physical therapy practices. You can find the full article below.
Visit APTA’s Issue in Focus to get handouts highlighting how health care reform will affect PT’s.
House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The legislation now will move to the Senate. It is likely that the bill will not even be brought to the floor for consideration.