• Ditch the Carrots and Sticks: 4 Ways to Motivate Your Patients Image

    articleMay 25, 2018 | 4 min. read

    Ditch the Carrots and Sticks: 4 Ways to Motivate Your Patients

    For most patients, physical therapy takes a long time—much longer than many other types of care. Improvements happen slowly, and progress isn’t always immediately noticeable. So, how do you keep patients engaged enough to continue working hard—inside and outside of the clinic—when they start to question the effectiveness of your treatment? Well, you ditch the carrots and sticks in favor of motivation techniques that really work. Here are four strategies you can implement today to better motivate …

  • 5 Times When It's Okay to Lose a PT Patient Image

    articleMay 22, 2018 | 6 min. read

    5 Times When It's Okay to Lose a PT Patient

    Goodbyes are never easy, especially when they’re directed at patients who haven’t yet reached their physical therapy goals. Even if you’re dealing with a difficult patient, cutting him or her loose goes against everything you’ve been taught as a healthcare provider. And if you’re a practice owner, losing a patient probably seems contradictory to your business goals. After all, more patients equal more money, right? Not necessarily. Unfortunately, this belief—no matter how well-intentioned—can result in wasted time, …

  • 6 Signs It's Time to Expand Your Rehab Therapy Practice Image

    articleMay 14, 2018 | 6 min. read

    6 Signs It's Time to Expand Your Rehab Therapy Practice

    So, you’ve started a physical therapy clinic —and grown it into a thriving, successful business. Is it time to expand further—to bring in a partner to complement your service offerings , hire additional employees to round out your schedule, or even open up another location (or maybe a few)? While it may be tempting to expand as soon as you start turning a profit, there’s a good reason to make this next decision carefully. After all, overexpansion …

  • You've Got Mail: Email Marketing Basics for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleMay 11, 2018 | 7 min. read

    You've Got Mail: Email Marketing Basics for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    If there’s one sound that elicits instant nostalgia for the 1990s, it’s the fuzzy whirring and techy chirps of a dial-up modem . To an entire generation, this sound heralded the dawn of a new age and connected people over all over the world through email. By the late ’90s, many businesses had gotten on the email bandwagon, which provided them a speedy and effective way to connect with their target consumers—and it didn’t take long for …

  • What’s Wrong With Physical Therapy Marketing Today Image

    articleMay 7, 2018 | 7 min. read

    What’s Wrong With Physical Therapy Marketing Today

    There’s a lot at stake when it comes to successfully marketing your physical therapy practice —as well as your profession. But unfortunately, many physical therapists avoid the topic altogether. After all, marketing is closely related to sales—and sales often gets a bad rap. But, we’re not about the hard-ball, cringe-worthy, manipulative sales tactics that make us all uncomfortable; instead, we’re all about positioning your value in such a way that your audience can actually relate to it—and …

  • Founder Letter: Why You Must Sell Yourself as a PT—Just Not the Way You Might Think Image

    articleMay 2, 2018 | 11 min. read

    Founder Letter: Why You Must Sell Yourself as a PT—Just Not the Way You Might Think

    I recently came across this PPS Impact Magazine article in which author Paul Gough, BSC (HONS), MCSP, SRP, HPC, makes the case for why physical therapists should never sell themselves—but instead “turn this notion on its head and make the ‘selling conversation’ about [patients] and the destination that they want to get to.” In other words, instead of selling your credentials, CEUs, years of experience, and awards, Gough recommends that you focus your “selling” energy on helping …

  • PT or PTA: Who to Hire—and When Image

    articleApr 18, 2018 | 6 min. read

    PT or PTA: Who to Hire—and When

    If your staff is feeling overworked and overwhelmed, then it’s high-time to make a change—and that change may very well entail adding to your headcount (and your payroll ). But, a smart practice—and a smart leader—will want to maximize those dollars by making the right hire. Do you really need another full-time therapist? Maybe—but maybe not. Instead, perhaps you need a per diem therapist —or a PTA. Before you post that job description , take a look …

  • Playing for Keeps: The How and Why of Patient Loyalty Image

    articleApr 13, 2018 | 9 min. read

    Playing for Keeps: The How and Why of Patient Loyalty

    I have a confession to make: I have a not-so-secret “thing” for epic tales. King Arthur? Love it. Lord of the Rings? Yes, please. Game of Thrones? You betcha. If it has swords, wizards, and a medieval setting, then you can count me in. While I find it difficult to pinpoint a single reason for my fondness of these stories, one thing that draws me in is the loyalty and devotion their heroes have to a chosen …

  • We Can't Take Direct Access Patients—and Other Lies That are Killing Your PT Practice Image

    articleApr 10, 2018 | 7 min. read

    We Can't Take Direct Access Patients—and Other Lies That are Killing Your PT Practice

    Running a successful practice can be challenging—especially given the current payment climate. Add in the potential pitfalls of making a bad hire and the staggeringly high percentage of patients who drop out of therapy before completing their course of care, and you have a veritable minefield to traverse. So, don’t make it harder than it has to be by convincing yourself (or your staff) that you can’t take direct access patients in your state. As it stands, …

  • More Than a Number: Personalizing Patient Care in Your Growing Therapy Practice Image

    articleMar 28, 2018 | 4 min. read

    More Than a Number: Personalizing Patient Care in Your Growing Therapy Practice

    Many small private practices achieve success because of the stellar one-on-one care they provide—and amazing patient experiences they create. After all, what better way to foster patient loyalty and garner word-of-mouth referrals to ultimately boost revenue as well as your reputation? Unfortunately, though, that level of attention can be difficult to maintain as your practice grows—and patients can end up falling through the proverbial cracks as providers’ calendars become increasingly jam-packed. That is, of course, unless you …

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