• How to Have a Better Patient Care Experience in Your Practice Image

    articleSep 12, 2019 | 6 min. read

    How to Have a Better Patient Care Experience in Your Practice

    This post comes from Ascend 2019 speaker Brian Gallagher, PT, the owner and CEO of MEG Business Management . Want to see Brian speak about building a winning front desk management system in your practice? Register for Ascend here . Curious about the rest of the speaker lineup? Check it out here . Ready to provide a better patient care experience ?  Well, look no further than your front desk team . Recently, I suffered a prolapsed …

  • 6 TEDTalks to Inspire Rehab Therapists Image

    articleSep 4, 2019 | 4 min. read

    6 TEDTalks to Inspire Rehab Therapists

    Right now, our office is buzzing with excitement: in less than a month, we’ll gather in Minneapolis for our sixth annual Ascend business summit . And if Ascends of years past were any indication, we’re in for some seriously inspiring sessions and motivating discussions. This inspired me—avid watcher of TEDTalks—to put together a list of TED videos that should raise the spirits of any physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech-language pathologist. Here are some faves: 1. How …

  • Physical Therapy Specialties Every PT Should Know About Image

    articleAug 30, 2019 | 12 min. read

    Physical Therapy Specialties Every PT Should Know About

    One of the best parts about being a physical therapist is that we have endless opportunities to niche down . From working with developmentally challenged infants to focusing on seniors with Parkinson’s disease, we can take our passion for helping others and apply it in countless ways. But, while there are tons of certifications out there, there are only a handful of sanctioned, board-certified clinical specializations for physical therapists.  We did some digging to explore what these …

  • The Roaring 2020s: Why We’re Entering Rehab Therapy’s Greatest Era Image

    articleAug 27, 2019 | 5 min. read

    The Roaring 2020s: Why We’re Entering Rehab Therapy’s Greatest Era

    High out-of-pocket costs. Inefficient care paths. Market Consolidation. Unfair payer and government policy. I could probably draw out this list for several paragraphs, but you get the idea—there’s a lot that we, as rehab therapists, are up against. And most of it is seemingly out of our control. If you pay attention to politics—and with the next election cycle already taking over national news headlines, it’s kind of hard not to—then you know that debate over healthcare …

  • The State of Rehab Therapy in 2019 Image

    downloadJun 17, 2019

    The State of Rehab Therapy in 2019

    Each year, we survey thousands of rehab therapy professionals on the metrics, strategies, and complicating factors that influence success in the current healthcare market. In 2019, we received more than 6,000 responses from individuals in a variety of settings, specialties, and geographic regions—and we’ve compiled all that data into the single most comprehensive annual report on the state of the rehab therapy industry.  This report features insights on everything from demographics and financial metrics to regulatory challenges …

  • 20 SLP GIFs to Get Pumped for Better Hearing and Speech Month 2019 Image

    articleMay 2, 2019 | 2 min. read

    20 SLP GIFs to Get Pumped for Better Hearing and Speech Month 2019

    It’s May, which means it’s time to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month—and to appreciate the difference SLPs make in the world! SLPs are wonderful, patient people with a penchant for kindness... ( Source: Tenor ) ...and the drive to make the world better, one patient at a time. ( Source: Tenor ) After all, you’re in the people business, and you give your all to each and every patient... ( Source: Tenor ) ...even after waking …

  • 5 Legit Reasons to Fire a PT Patient (and How to Do It) Image

    articleApr 26, 2019 | 10 min. read

    5 Legit Reasons to Fire a PT Patient (and How to Do It)

    One of the greatest joys of being a physical therapist is interacting with patients. There is truly no feeling in the world like helping someone improve his or her mobility and independence. But, as enjoyable as patient care can be, it’s not always sunshine and roses. There’s no guarantee that every patient will treat us with respect. In fact, some even act in a threatening way toward us. And while most therapists have some war stories, it’s …

  • 6 Stress Reduction Tips for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleApr 12, 2019 | 6 min. read

    6 Stress Reduction Tips for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    When you work as a rehab therapist, no two days are the same. And while that can be exciting (who enjoys monotony?), it can also create a lot of stress. Add in the fact that you’re working with patients who may be frustrated, in pain, or just generally grumpy, and you’ve got a whole lot to handle day-in and day-out. This holds especially true if you’re feeling overworked and under-supported, which can often happen in a busy …

  • 3 Emerging Trends in OT Telehealth and Technology Image

    articleMar 15, 2019 | 10 min. read

    3 Emerging Trends in OT Telehealth and Technology

    If you’ve been to Ascend —or any business-related rehab therapy event—you’ve certainly heard this common complaint: “There are so many patients who would benefit from OT, PT, and SLP—but they aren't making it into our clinics.” To make matters worse, we therapy professionals aren't very good at retaining the patients who do come to see us. And, of the few patients who complete an entire course of therapy, many don’t comply with their home exercise programs (HEPs) …

  • 4 Things We Must Do to Save PT From Certain Death (as Told at the 2019 Graham Sessions) Image

    articleMar 11, 2019 | 23 min. read

    4 Things We Must Do to Save PT From Certain Death (as Told at the 2019 Graham Sessions)

    In one of the last talks at the 2019 Graham Sessions, a young physical therapist boldly stated that in focusing solely on survival, we are actually killing the PT profession. We are clinging to a reactive—rather than proactive—mode of operation, and in doing so, we are surrendering the millions of patients we could be helping to other, less-skilled professionals. And that means we are failing them. In essence, we are standing idle, content with the status quo …

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