• Suppressing Sticker Shock: How to Handle Your Patients’ High-Deductible Health Plans Image

    webinarFeb 23, 2017

    Suppressing Sticker Shock: How to Handle Your Patients’ High-Deductible Health Plans

    Copayments, coinsurances, unresolved balances—oh my! Any one of these can cause headaches for healthcare providers, but as healthcare reform efforts shift more and more financial burden to insurance beneficiaries, today’s practitioners are increasingly facing all three. And these challenges are not only hurting their patient acquisition and retention rates, but also their bottom lines. Tired of spending time verifying benefits only to lose those patients to copay sticker shock? Stuck in a constant cycle of pursuing past-due …

  • CSM After-Party: Keeping an Eye on Trending Healthcare Reform Topics Image

    articleFeb 21, 2017 | 5 min. read

    CSM After-Party: Keeping an Eye on Trending Healthcare Reform Topics

    Rehab therapists have always had to keep a close eye on the healthcare policy developments emanating from our nation’s capitol. And the need for vigilance on the reform front will certainly continue into 2017—and beyond. From the move to a value-based payment system and adoption of alternative payment models to possible changes to the Affordable Care Act , these real—and potential—developments will no doubt affect how PTs deliver patient care and the manner in which they get …

  • Pry Before You Buy: 10 Crucial Questions to Ask a Software Salesperson  Image

    articleFeb 16, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Pry Before You Buy: 10 Crucial Questions to Ask a Software Salesperson

    If your current EMR isn’t holding its own, you’re undoubtedly looking for one that will. But that’s not always an easy task. After all, there are plenty of EMRs on the market—but which one is right for you? To find out, you’ve got to not only shop around , but also ask the right questions when you do—questions like, “Is this EMR truly web-based?” And, “How does this vendor handle EMR security?” Only then will you be …

  • 5 Ways Value-Based Payment will Change the Face of Rehab Therapy Image

    articleFeb 8, 2017 | 7 min. read

    5 Ways Value-Based Payment will Change the Face of Rehab Therapy

    As greek philosopher Heraclitus observed long ago, “Change is the only constant in life.” And there may be no better quote to sum up life in health care. After all, everything is changing—all the time. It can certainly feel that way, at least: ICD-10 , new eval codes , CJR , MACRA , MIPS —I could go on naming recent industry changes, but you get the idea. Today, we’re talking specifically about the shift toward value-based payment …

  • Fight for Your Right to PT: 10 To-Dos from the 10th Annual Graham Sessions Image

    articleJan 24, 2017 | 17 min. read

    Fight for Your Right to PT: 10 To-Dos from the 10th Annual Graham Sessions

    The first rule of the Graham Sessions is that you don’t talk about the Graham Sessions. Well, sort of. This annual “think tank” event isn’t quite as clandestine as Fight Club, but the rules are definitely a bit different than those associated with any other PT industry conference. After all, the point of this meeting is, quite simply, to talk—to have real, open, honest conversations about the controversial issues facing the physical therapy community. And to ensure …

  • 4 Strategies for Proving the ROI of Outcomes Data Collection Image

    articleJan 19, 2017 | 5 min. read

    4 Strategies for Proving the ROI of Outcomes Data Collection

    You already know that outcomes data is important —and it’s becoming more important by the day as our healthcare system continues to shift from a fee-for-service model to a pay-for-performance one. And if you’ve read this post , this one , or this one , you already know the best ways to implement outcomes data collection in your practice. But, do you know how to use your outcomes data to your advantage—to ensure you’re getting the very …

  • Why PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Get a Seat on the Telehealth Train Image

    articleJan 9, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Why PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Get a Seat on the Telehealth Train

    Technology continues to play a key role in furthering health care’s reach—and remote, virtual care delivery is the latest trend in the overarching push to improve patients’ access to care. In fact, as we’ve previously reported , an estimated 1.8 million health consumers are expected to take part in some form of telehealth —or telemedicine—by year’s end, with the biggest market share coming from post-acute care patients. That’s great news for patients looking for alternate ways to …

  • Founder Letter: 4 Predictions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2017 Image

    articleJan 5, 2017 | 15 min. read

    Founder Letter: 4 Predictions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2017

    Last year, I laid out a handful of predictions for 2016 —and what do you know? Most of them were spot on. In fact, much of what I covered—think interoperability, the importance of data collection, payment reform, and the push toward private practice consolidation—are all holding strong and will surely continue into 2017 (well, barring any unforeseeable curveballs to the state of health care as we know it, that is). In the meantime, though, here’s what I …

  • Analyze This: How to Make Data Collection Worth Your While Image

    articleJan 4, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Analyze This: How to Make Data Collection Worth Your While

    In an era of seemingly limitless data , knowing which points have any practical application or significance can make all the difference in critical decision-making—including the choices that impact patient care. And as the rehab therapy industry moves toward a pay-for-performance system , therapists will want to wear data as a badge of honor —and make sure the information they collect has value in a patient-centric healthcare world. That’s because, in the near future, PTs, OTs, and …

  • The State of Interoperability in Outpatient Rehab Therapy  Image

    articleJan 2, 2017 | 6 min. read

    The State of Interoperability in Outpatient Rehab Therapy

    We’ve been talking about the importance of interoperability in health care for a while now—in articles like this one , this one , and this one . And while the idea of open, seamless data exchange among healthcare systems and providers always seemed like a great thing to have, it’s quickly becoming much more of a must-have. That’s because a collaborative-care, pay-for-performance healthcare model requires that providers from all disciplines actually communicate with one another in real-time …

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