Okay, we’ll admit it: it’s probably the worst time of year to go camping. (It may not snow a whole lot in our lovely desert home, but even our December nights have gotten so, so bitterly cold.) But, that didn’t stop Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, WebPT Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, and Rick Gawenda, PT, CEO of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, from hosting an hour-long camping-themed webinar where they talked about ghost stories and s’mores—and a handful of CMS’s 2020 regulatory changes.
In our 2019 State of Rehab Therapy survey, 80% of respondents cited payer requirements as the top reason their organizations require physician referrals as a condition of treatment (even in states with unrestricted direct access).
A WebPT Membership is pretty darn fantastic—just ask this PT clinic or this PT and OT pediatric practice. Because even with a basic membership, you score a whole host of truly web-based, therapy-specific tools and resources that are anything but basic. In fact, they’ll help you be better in business.
Last week, Boston was brimming with more than hot lobstah—er, lobster—rich history, and die-hard sports fans. That’s because thousands of forward-thinking physical therapists joined together to learn, network, and discuss the future of the industry at APTA NEXT.
You’ve completed the necessary coursework to earn your credentials—and you’ve kept up to date on new research in your field through continuing education courses—but if you want to be a highly effective physical therapist, you’ve got to do more than that. PTs who consistently perform at the tip-top of their potential also exercise these seven habits:
The end of PQRS is not a free pass for PTs and OTs to put their data analysis efforts on pause.
On the WebPT Blog, we’ve extensively covered the benefits of tracking and accurately analyzing outcomes data—from why it’s essential for patient safety to why it’s necessary to brand physical therapists as neuromuscular experts. But, as we move toward a pay-for-performance healthcare paradigm, objective outcomes data won’t merely be beneficial to physical therapists; it will be necessary for them to get paid.
Country music stars took over Nashville last week for the CMT Music Awards, but the only celebrities I was looking out for were at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. From Ben Fung and Sharon Dunn to John Childs and Fred Gilbert, the PT industry’s biggest stars gathered in Music City for APTA NEXT, a four-day conference focused on physical therapy education and innovation. If you didn’t have the chance to attend, here’s a look at what’s in store for the PT profession:
The launch of WebPT Outcomes is officially complete—which means every single WebPT clinic now has the ability to collect and track patient outcomes data directly within the EMR. And as you may have heard from our president and founder, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, that’s kind of a big deal. But, as Uncle Ben (Peter Parker’s uncle—not the rice guy) once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
We’d be doing our Members—and the entire healthcare community at large—a huge disservice if we didn’t provide a little guidance on how to use this power responsibly. So, we polled our Members and compiled a wealth of resources based on their questions about outcomes. We’ve even separated it all by role, because we have a “thing” for organization. (It also should make for easier reading and sharing.)
If you’re just looking for the nitty-gritty technical details—like recommended clinic settings or a deep dive into each report—we have a resource for that. (Note: Both of those links require you to log in to WebPT.) Actually, we have more than one resource: We created a comprehensive list of FAQs as well as an introductory webinar.
For Managers and Admins
Having trouble getting your staff on board with outcomes data collection? Lucky for you, we’ve got a number of resources to help you foster clinic-wide buy-in:
- Check out the top three reasons why therapists should care about outcomes.
- Learn how outcomes data can help position rehab therapists as primary care providers.
Need help getting the outcomes ball rolling—and keeping it in motion? Here’s a little guidance on how to add quality data collection into your current workflow and some examples of real-life clinics using outcomes data.
And for those clinics that are already amassing data, we’ve put together some tips on which reports to use for therapists’ performance reviews as well as how to use outcomes data when marketing to physicians or negotiating with payers.
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Looking for more details about the outcomes tools available within WebPT Outcomes? Enter your email address below, and we’ll send you a guide that explains how each tool works as well as how to calculate, interpret, and apply each score.
We respect a healthy dose of nonconformity, but if you’re a therapist who’s still on the fence about outcomes, keep in mind that outcomes data packs a powerful punch when it comes to improving patient care and driving large-scale change across the healthcare industry.
With record attendance—more than 11,000 rehab therapy professionals from all over the US—CSM 2016 in Anaheim, California, was abuzz with energy and enthusiasm. When I wasn’t running around in search of folks wearing “I heart PT” buttons so I could give them prizes (did you catch us on Gene Shirokobrod’s Periscope?), I was busy attending sessions in the Private Practice track.