• Body Talk: 4 Ways Your Patients Are Communicating Nonverbally Image

    articleMar 2, 2018 | 6 min. read

    Body Talk: 4 Ways Your Patients Are Communicating Nonverbally

    It may sound cliché, but it’s true: actions often speak louder than words. Don’t get me wrong, strong verbal communication skills are essential to the success of any relationship, including the one between a patient and his or her provider. However, there are times when a patient’s actions will tell you one thing while his or her words tell you another—and therein lies the importance of nonverbal communication in health care. It’s not that patients are intentionally …

  • Hidden Connection: How Online Reviews Impact Patient Retention Image

    articleFeb 28, 2018 | 5 min. read

    Hidden Connection: How Online Reviews Impact Patient Retention

    While your current patient retention strategies may center on improving the patient experience—and that’s certainly the best place to start—you may also want to consider upping your online review game . That’s because a plethora of positive online reviews can actually set the tone for the entire patient experience, winning you more new patients and helping you keep the ones you already have. Plus, even critical online reviews can be a valuable source of information you can …

  • From Last Resort to First Choice: Why the Skyrocketing Cost of Health Care is Good for PTs Image

    articleFeb 21, 2018 | 6 min. read

    From Last Resort to First Choice: Why the Skyrocketing Cost of Health Care is Good for PTs

    As high-deductible health plans —and other factors contributing to rising healthcare costs—become a mainstay in the US healthcare system, patients are being saddled with a greater portion of their healthcare bills than ever before. As a result, these patients are displaying many more consumer-like behaviors. After all, they’re more conscious about the dollar-for-dollar value of the services they’re receiving. So, instead of taking their physicians’ recommendations at face value, these patient-consumers are doing their own research to …

  • 6 Icebreakers for New PT, OT, and SLP Patients Image

    articleFeb 16, 2018 | 6 min. read

    6 Icebreakers for New PT, OT, and SLP Patients

    While beginning a new patient’s first appointment by asking why that patient is seeking your services may be the most efficient route to developing his or her treatment plan, such a direct approach can leave your patients feeling brushed off. Now, more than ever, patients want to feel connected to their healthcare providers, and that requires excellent patient communication skills on your part—communication skills that you’ll need to apply before you jump into the clinical stuff. Think …

  • 7 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Patients Image

    articleFeb 13, 2018 | 7 min. read

    7 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Patients

    Everyone has an off day every now and again, but some patients seem almost impossible to please—or to motivate. And unhappy, unmotivated patients aren’t going to get the most out of therapy—or do your practice any favors in the word-of-mouth referral department . So, what’s a conscientious provider to do? Of course, you want your patients to be engaged in their care —and thus, more willing to cooperate. But, that’s not always the easiest feat to accomplish. …

  • Knock Out Patient Dropout: 8 Ways to Increase Retention and Revenue Image

    webinarFeb 12, 2018

    Knock Out Patient Dropout: 8 Ways to Increase Retention and Revenue

    In one corner, we have a highly skilled rehab therapy provider known for delivering amazing clinical outcomes through noninvasive, movement-based treatment. And in the other corner, we have a discouraged, disengaged patient whose quality of life has taken a major hit due to musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

      If you’re a rehab therapy provider, you’ve probably seen this battle play out more times than you can count—and we’re betting that more often than not, your therapy …

  • Bridge Over Troubled Water: 6 Ways PTs, OTs, and SLPs Differ from Physicians Image

    articleFeb 9, 2018 | 7 min. read

    Bridge Over Troubled Water: 6 Ways PTs, OTs, and SLPs Differ from Physicians

    Simon and Garfunkel; Abbott and Costello; rehab therapists and physicians. What do these famous pairs all have in common? Despite being essential to one another’s success, the members of these dynamic duos have plenty of differences. And sometimes, those differences can spark some undue friction—especially if the parties lack a mutual understanding of one another. In the case of therapists and physicians, though, it’s the patients who ultimately pay the price for that friction. After all, when …

  • Common Questions from Our Stalled Patient Progress Webinar Image

    articleFeb 7, 2018 | 9 min. read

    Common Questions from Our Stalled Patient Progress Webinar

    Earlier this week, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, the president and co-founder of WebPT, teamed up with Charlotte Bohnett, WebPT’s director of demand generation, to host a webinar on common barriers to patient progress —and strategies for overcoming them. During the question-and-answer portion of the presentation, we received quite a few audience questions on the nuances of fostering patient engagement and moving patients toward their therapy goals as efficiently as possible. We’ve compiled the most frequently …

  • Straight to the Source: How to Get Employers On Board with Population Health Image

    articleJan 31, 2018 | 6 min. read

    Straight to the Source: How to Get Employers On Board with Population Health

    Healthcare spending has always been a touchy subject—and that might be truer now than ever before. Despite the fact that the United States spends more money on health care than any other country, that massive expenditure hasn’t necessarily translated into better health outcomes. Clearly, something needs to change, which is why many healthcare providers—including physical therapists—are fundamentally shifting the way health care is managed. Specifically, they are starting to explore care delivery models that allow them to …

  • Don't Speak: 5 Things You Should Never Say to a Patient Image

    articleJan 29, 2018 | 5 min. read

    Don't Speak: 5 Things You Should Never Say to a Patient

    Communication is wildly important to the patient-provider relationship, and the things you do say matter just as much as the things you don’t. We’ve already covered the conversations you should be having with your patients . Today, let’s talk about the conversations you shouldn’t be having. Here are five phrases you should steer clear of when communicating with patients—if you want to keep them coming back, that is: 1. “ The popliteus originates from the lateral femoral …

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