• America’s Next Top Payment Model: The Move to Pay-for-Quality Image

    articleMay 11, 2015 | 9 min. read

    America’s Next Top Payment Model: The Move to Pay-for-Quality

    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to provide higher-quality care at a lower cost. With the healthcare industry’s fast-moving transition to value-based —rather than service-based—payment systems, that’s the challenge many providers are facing. And while that mission may very well seem impossible, the truth is that rehab therapists and their peers in other medical fields don’t really have much of a choice as to whether they’ll accept it.

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  • Past, Present, and Possibility: The Progression of Pay-for-Performance Image

    articleMay 7, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Past, Present, and Possibility: The Progression of Pay-for-Performance

    For decades, healthcare leaders have searched for a way to balance the interests of providers, patients, and payers. The pay-for-performance paradigm has emerged as a front-runner in the race to drive down healthcare costs while simultaneously raising the quality of care and increasing patient satisfaction. But what, exactly, does this buzz term mean? Defining Pay-for-Performance As this Health Affairs article explains, the pay-for-performance umbrella encompasses any “initiatives aimed at improving the quality, efficiency, and overall value of …

  • Evidence-Based Payment: Why Data is the Key to Pay-for-Performance Success Image

    articleMay 5, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Evidence-Based Payment: Why Data is the Key to Pay-for-Performance Success

    If I challenged you to find a rehab therapist who didn’t believe in the power of evidence, you’d be searching for a while—forever, hopefully. After all, PTs, OTs, and SLPs are steadfastly dedicated to evidence-based clinical practice, because they know it gives their patients the best possible chances for success. On the business side of therapy practice, however, the application of evidence—a.k.a. data—is something many rehab therapists have yet to fully embrace. Payers, on the other hand, …

  • The Pay-for-Performance Puzzle: 3 Ways PTs Can Get a Piece Image

    webinarMay 1, 2015

    The Pay-for-Performance Puzzle: 3 Ways PTs Can Get a Piece

    There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to payment reform: better access, lower cost, and improved accountability. And when you put ’em all together, you have a model that rewards quality over quantity, which is a great thing for PTs—if they know how to see the big picture and prepare accordingly. In this webinar, hosts Heidi Jannenga and Charlotte Bohnett will assemble the pay-for-performance puzzle and detail three things PTs can do to get …

  • Getting the Value Conversation Right in Occupational Therapy Image

    articleApr 27, 2015 | 6 min. read

    Getting the Value Conversation Right in Occupational Therapy

    “Value” is a buzzword in health care right now. Unlike most buzzwords, though, this one isn’t buzzing off anytime soon. As value-based reimbursement models gain momentum in our country and our patients become more savvy customers, the value of your occupational therapy services may come into question. Proving your value may sound extremely daunting, but it doesn't have to be. You don’t need to speak to the value of the whole occupational therapy profession. You just need …

  • This Week in PT News, February 27 Image

    articleFeb 27, 2015 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, February 27

    PTs Receive Millions in Funding for Outcomes Research Five APTA members recently received $64.1 million in funding thanks to the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pragmatic Clinical Funding Initiative . Researchers will use these funds to conduct comparative effectiveness research studies that will help fill critical evidence gaps as well as produce results PTs can use in clinical practice. Find out more about this groundbreaking initiative and what it means for physical therapists here . Reintroduced …

  • Final Thoughts from CSM: Outcomes, Payment Reform, and—Purple Cows? Image

    articleFeb 9, 2015 | 19 min. read

    Final Thoughts from CSM: Outcomes, Payment Reform, and—Purple Cows?

    By Saturday morning, attendees of the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) were moving with a little less pep in their step—and a couple extra shots of espresso in their morning coffee. Still, the educational sessions on the final day of CSM were chock full of eager learners looking to eat up a few more morsels of wisdom before catching their planes home from Indy. Here are some highlights from day three’s informational smorgasbord (check out recaps from …

  • Live from CSM: Leading the Way in Healthcare Reform and Women’s Empowerment Image

    articleFeb 6, 2015 | 15 min. read

    Live from CSM: Leading the Way in Healthcare Reform and Women’s Empowerment

    Temperatures here in Indianapolis have finally broken the freezing mark, with today’s predicted high at a balmy 40 degrees. But that warming trend isn’t limited to the brisk Midwest air. Things also are heating up inside of the Indiana Convention Center, where thousands of physical therapy professionals and students have converged for the APTA’s 2015 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). There’s no shortage of hot issues on the radar for the physical therapy industry this year—and CSM’s jam-packed …

  • Live from CSM: Changing Perspectives on Prevention and Direct Access Image

    articleFeb 5, 2015 | 10 min. read

    Live from CSM: Changing Perspectives on Prevention and Direct Access

    With snow boots cinched and hot coffees in hand, thousands of physical therapy professionals and students have descended upon chilly Indianapolis, Indiana, for the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) annual Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). In addition to checking out the latest and greatest PT tools and technologies—including, ahem, certain cloud-based EMR software —on the trade show floor, attendees will spend the next few days filling their brains with all of the latest and greatest PT news and …

  • 5 OT Trends You Can Influence in 2015 Image

    articleFeb 4, 2015 | 4 min. read

    5 OT Trends You Can Influence in 2015

    When it comes to improving the value we bring to our clients, there’s no time like the present. These five trends will help our profession grow in 2015. These trends are in motion, but not etched in stone. To bring them to fruition in the OT world, we all have to make an effort. 1. Numbers We need to focus on objectively demonstrating the effectiveness of our care—not only in the interest of increasing reimbursements, but also …

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