• 8 Reasons You Should Attend Ascend 2019 Image

    articleJun 26, 2019 | 4 min. read

    8 Reasons You Should Attend Ascend 2019

    Great news! Ascend— the ultimate business summit for rehab therapists —is back. Last year, the fifth-annual event hit our hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, for two incredibly educational (and incredibly fun) days. This year—September 19–21, to be exact—Ascend is heading to the Land of 10,000 Lakes (that’s Minnesota, don’tcha know!) for another round of rehab therapy’s can’t-miss business conference. Seriously—you’ve gotta be there. Here’s why: 1.) You’ll earn CEUs. In addition to upping their business acumen, physical and …

  • 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 …

  • 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. …

  • Founder Letter: Top 4 Trends for PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2018 Image

    articleJan 3, 2018 | 10 min. read

    Founder Letter: Top 4 Trends for PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2018

    It’s become an annual tradition of mine to look ahead to the new year and forecast the trends that are most likely to impact the rehab therapy industry. While I don’t have a crystal ball—what would be the fun in that?—I’ve gotten pretty good at predicting what’s on our horizon. (You can check out my 2017 post here and my 2016 one here .) There’s nothing on my list for this year that should come as a …

  • The Consolidation Myth: Is the Independent PT Private Practice Really Going Extinct? Image

    articleDec 7, 2017 | 8 min. read

    The Consolidation Myth: Is the Independent PT Private Practice Really Going Extinct?

    All you physical therapy private practice owners and providers can take a collective sigh of relief, because independent PT practices are most definitely not going extinct. There will, in fact, always be a demand—and therefore a thriving market—for private practice PT. However, current trends in physical therapy—as well as the healthcare industry at large—do indicate a shift, and large physical therapy companies are beginning to buy up smaller organizations. As WebPT President Heidi Jannenga explained in this …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • What 500,000 Evaluative Notes Told Us About the New CPT Codes Image

    articleAug 2, 2017 | 7 min. read

    What 500,000 Evaluative Notes Told Us About the New CPT Codes

    Back in January, PTs and OTs experienced a pretty dramatic shift in the way they coded for initial evaluations. As you probably—hopefully—recall, this change required therapists to select evaluation CPT codes based on the complexity of each individual eval. (If this doesn’t sound familiar—or if you want a refresher on the details of the new evaluation code set—then I’d recommend reading this post ASAP.) This was a major change—one that thrust our entire profession into uncharted territory. …

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