• articleJun 20, 2013 | 5 min. read

    What Every Small Business Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act

    As a small business owner, it can seem like an uphill battle simply trying to keep everything straight—and with increasing caseloads, regulations, and legislation, you certainly have your hands full. That’s why we here at the WebPT blog have been busy compiling all sorts of useful, actionable information for you—think of us as a much-needed third hand. Today, your third hand is going to tackle the Affordable Care Act. One year ago (June 2012) the Supreme Court …

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    articleJun 4, 2013 | 4 min. read

    My Reaction to AB 1000 Passing

    When I heard that the California legislature not only passed AB 1000, but did so by a landslide vote of 72-0, I was more than a little upset. In fact, I am downright angry—and as a member of the rehab therapy community, you should be, too. Sponsored by the California Physical Therapy Association, this bill essentially trades small gains in direct access for legalization of physician-owned physical therapy services (POPTs). Specifically, it allows patients to independently seek …

  • articleMay 9, 2013 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, May 9

    Once signed by the governor, Missouri Senate Bill 159 will give patients greater access to physical therapy at a lower cost. The Missouri APTA Chapter has been working on pushing this bill through for two years. Great job! Learn more here .  May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Take a few minutes to educate yourself about different communication disorders and the services speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide. Here's some information on school-based SLPs . You can …

  • articleApr 18, 2013 | 4 min. read

    Take a Stand Against SB381

    Today’s blog post comes from WebPT Co-Founder Heidi Jannenga, PT, MPT, ATC/L. 4/18/2013 UPDATE Woohoo! On April 15, 2013, California’s Senate voted against SB381, the bill that would have prevented physical therapists from being able to provide manipulative care. This marks a huge victory for the physical therapists in California and for our industry as a whole. And that deserves some serious celebration. But, even though the bill did not pass, our work is far from over. …

  • articleMar 27, 2013 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News

    Today's blog post comes from WebPT Community Manager, Mark Kats. A robot performing speech and physical therapy? A UMass Amherst study explores the prospect of using a personal humanoid robot to help stroke patients recover by delivering therapy. Think: word retrieval games and arm movement tasks. Check out the full article here. Support AB 1000! PTs in California continue to fight for California patients’ rights to directly access quality, cost-effective, and safe physical therapy services. Get the …

  • articleMar 20, 2013 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News

    Today's post comes from WebPT Community Manager Mark Kats. Several news outlets reported on the recent New England Journal of Medicine study that finds physical therapy to be as effective a treatment for a torn meniscus as knee surgery. This is great news for patients and physical therapists alike. It's also another in a series of great arguments for direct access. Read the full article here . Speaking of direct access, looks like Indiana will join the …

  • articleAug 1, 2012 | 4 min. read

    Holy Autonomy, Batman! It’s Compliance!

    Today’s post comes from WebPT copywriters Charlotte Bohnett and Erica Cohen. 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. For a dictionary definition , autonomy means: “independence or freedom, as of the will or one's actions: the autonomy of the individual.” …

  • articleJul 19, 2012 | 3 min. read

    Land Before Interoperability

      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.  According to “ Ranking 37th — Measuring the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System ,” published in The New England Journal of Medicine , “the conceptual framework underlying the …

  • articleJul 16, 2012 | 4 min. read

    #SolvePT: What’s the Deal with RC 23-12?

    Today’s post comes from WebPT copywriters Charlotte Bohnett and Erica Cohen. 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 . So, when we came across an article written by Amy-Lynn Engelbrecht about …

  • articleSep 10, 2011 | 3 min. read

    Should the Government standardize EMR usability?

    Usability provides the foundation At WebPT, we are glad that the EMR industry is finally realizing that usability is the key to adoption . The widespread use of Electronic Medical Records will not only save money and time for providers, but also for patients. The benefits of full EMR adoption are immense.   Proposed "solution" to increase usability  What is somewhat perplexing is the method that is being proposed to increase usability of existing systems. A recent …

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