Rehab therapy professionals have a lot to keep track of when initiating patient treatment—everything from verifying patient insurance information to building rapport with patients. And that’s in addition to ensuring that if a patient comes in via a physician—or has an insurance plan that requires the oversight of an MD—you’ve covered all things paperwork and signatures.
This year has been a roller coaster of change for PTs—and for healthcare workers in general. Even though we’re only halfway through the year, we’ve seen PTs cycle through all sorts of ups and downs, from shutting down their clinics to widely adopting telehealth…
Three months ago, if you had asked me, “What is the application for telehealth in physical therapy?” I would have answered, “Very limited.” Up until then, I believed that for patients with no other options—like those in the remotest parts of the country—telehealth might be useful. But otherwise, not so much. Physical therapy is by definition physical. For it to be effective, the provider must be physically with the patient. Or so I thought.
We’ve talked at length about nearly every aspect of telehealth as it relates to physical therapy: its advantages, its shortcomings, how to bill for it, how to launch and market it—the list goes on. However, there’s one angle we’ve yet to cover, and it’s perhaps the most important when it comes to the future of telehealth in rehab: the case for telehealth’s continued use and coverage in PT.
Regardless of what you believe to be the societal and social implications of physical distancing, most people have—at least somewhat—adjusted to allowing for six feet of extra space between themselves and others. However, while it may be easy to scoot to one side of a wide sidewalk to let s
With your updated sick leave policy—and the current hypervigilance around preventing the spread of illness—there’s a good chance that you may see more employees using their sick days over the next several months. And that’s a good thing. Whether you send home an employee who has the sniffles, one of your therapists calls out because he or she is keeping a child home from daycare, or someone on your staff needs to self-quarantine for the full 14 days
As the world begins to resume operations, many physical therapy professionals are wondering how they can deliver the best possible care to their patients—without putting anyone at risk of contracting COVID-19 in the process.
The US has never been known for its stellar leave policies. Whether you believe that the responsibility for mandating appropriate employee benefits should fall on the shoulders of the federal government or individual employers, that is a debate for another day. For now—as businesses begin to reopen in the midst of a pandemic—rehab therapy practice leaders have no choice but to ensure that their sick leave policies are up to par.
The pandemic isn’t over, but many rehab therapy clinics are starting to resume operations. Yet, things aren’t—and can’t be—the same as they were before (at least not for the time being), which means in order to move into this next phase, clear communication is paramount.
The coronavirus pandemic was a catalyst for a new wave of regulatory changes that expanded the rehab therapist toolbox almost overnight. Most recently, CMS made telehealth more widely accessible to rehab therapy providers. (Hallelujah!) While the industry has been fighting for this privilege for years, the swift change cast many providers into the uncharted waters of remote care with very little time to prepare.
New patient volume is incredibly important for rehab therapy practices. After all, you’ve likely spent quite a bit of effort marketing directly to patients or referral sources to ensure those patients who could benefit from your services actually do.
In this Q&A, Jaclyn Fulop, MSPT, the owner of Exchange Physical Therapy Group, explains how her practice responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing a telehealth model. Interested in adopting telehealth in your own organization? Be sure to review this comprehensive blog post on leveraging and billing for telehealth in rehab therapy, this FAQ on Medicare’s new e-visit opportunities for rehab therapists, and this free webinar on telehealth and business continuity in the rehab industry. And to keep following what the team at Exchange PT is up to, be sure to check ’em out on Instagram.