• Our Comfort Zone is Killing Us: Top Takeaways from the 2018 Graham Sessions Image

    articleJan 17, 2018 | 15 min. read

    Our Comfort Zone is Killing Us: Top Takeaways from the 2018 Graham Sessions

    Most of the time, when I attend a conference—whether that be a physical therapy, healthcare technology, business, or leadership conference—I do so because I want to connect with, and learn from, others in my field. I want to take in and absorb their knowledge to supplement and expand the depth of my own expertise. And most of the conferences I attend—including the Graham Sessions —allow me to do just that. But, this year’s Graham Sessions were different. …

  • Will PTs, OTs, and SLPs Ever Have to Participate in MIPS? Image

    articleNov 29, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Will PTs, OTs, and SLPs Ever Have to Participate in MIPS?

    Despite the fact that earlier this year CMS sent confusing letters to numerous rehab therapy clinics about their participation status in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) , physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists are still not eligible to officially participate in this quality reporting initiative. (You can double check your eligibility status by entering your NPI in the form here .) According to the APTA, though, “it's almost a given that PTs will be mandatorily …

  • Putting the PT in Hospital: Direct Access in Acute Care Image

    articleNov 2, 2017 | 8 min. read

    Putting the PT in Hospital: Direct Access in Acute Care

    Physical therapy is a relatively new profession—although its origins can be traced back to Hippocrates in 460 BC . And it has quite the interesting history. In the US, many healthcare practitioners used physical therapy techniques to help patients during the polio epidemic of 1916. Then, according to this US Army Medical Department page and this slide deck by Aaron Keil, PT, DPT, OCS, it was World War I—which the US entered in 1917—that really propelled the …

  • Think Big, Think Differently: 6 Bits of Inspiration from Ascend 2017 Image

    articleOct 5, 2017 | 11 min. read

    Think Big, Think Differently: 6 Bits of Inspiration from Ascend 2017

    The overarching theme of Ascend 2017 —the fourth-annual installment of rehab therapy’s premier business summit—was, quite simply, “Think big.” But, based on what we learned from our esteemed group of speakers over the course of two inspiration-filled days in Washington, DC, a more accurate tagline for this year’s conference might have been, “Think differently.” After all, in a field as complex as health care, grand aspirations are not enough. To solve the problems plaguing this industry, we …

  • Dialogue after Discharge: The Importance of Post-Treatment Follow-Up Image

    articleAug 23, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Dialogue after Discharge: The Importance of Post-Treatment Follow-Up

    Long-distance relationships are tough. Between juggling the hectic day-to-day and maintaining connections with all the other people in your life, it can be challenging to devote time to someone who resides outside your immediate geographic vicinity. Fortunately, as technology progresses, it’s helping bridge the gap between people and their faraway loved ones. Thanks to technological advances like text messaging, email, video chat, and social media, it’s easier than ever for those separated by land and sea to …

  • Why Physical Therapists Should Support the CONNECT for Health Act 2017 Image

    articleAug 14, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Why Physical Therapists Should Support the CONNECT for Health Act 2017

    The US Senate recently introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act 2017 (S.1016) . If passed, the CONNECT for Health Act would remove several barriers to utilizing telehealth with Medicare patients—which would present a valuable opportunity to the physical therapy profession. Here’s why PTs should strongly consider supporting it: It will allow PTs to deliver, and receive reimbursement for, physical therapy telehealth services. As it stands, Medicare only provides …

  • From Rx to UX: How Cloud-Based EMR Platforms Improve Patient Satisfaction Image

    articleAug 11, 2017 | 6 min. read

    From Rx to UX: How Cloud-Based EMR Platforms Improve Patient Satisfaction

    Years ago—maybe even decades now—patient satisfaction in health care was simply icing on the cake. Today, it’s the icing, the cake, and the serving platter. In fact, keeping your patients satisfied is the only way to ensure you receive payment in this new pay-for-performance era—not to mention, it’s the absolute best way to improve word-of-mouth referrals and boost your practice’s presence online . In other words, patient satisfaction is pretty darn important, and if you’re using a …

  • The PT’s Guide to Patient-Centered Marketing Image

    articleJul 24, 2017 | 7 min. read

    The PT’s Guide to Patient-Centered Marketing

    We write a lot about patient-centered care , which makes sense, because it is the care model of the future. In this paradigm, patients are—as they should be—front and center when it comes to making decisions about their health care. Of course, this type of shift requires providers to change the way they deliver their services—you know, more collaboration , greater transparency , and widespread use of technology that fosters seamless health data exchange . But it …

  • Collaborate or Bye: Why Patients Want Connected Care Teams Image

    articleJul 13, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Collaborate or Bye: Why Patients Want Connected Care Teams

    Once upon a time—actually, not all that long ago—patients were patients. They sought health care from a trusted provider—in most cases, from their family’s primary care physician, who referred them to a specialist if necessary—and that provider scribbled illegible notes about their care on a paper chart that took up space in an overflowing file cabinet somewhere in a cluttered office. If another provider needed to see those notes, then the physician would have to fax over …

  • How to Stay in Business in this Uncertain Healthcare Environment Image

    articleJun 29, 2017 | 17 min. read

    How to Stay in Business in this Uncertain Healthcare Environment

    Health care as we know it is changing. But that’s nothing new, right? Health care has been in a state of flux for a while now—what with ever-changing payer regulations and the steady push toward more patient-centric, value-based collaborative care. And while putting patients first is surely good for everyone, increasing regulations—and decreasing reimbursements—can make it challenging for providers to keep up, let alone keep the lights on. That’s why we’ve spent much of this quarter discussing …

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