• Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Reducing Readmissions Despite Earlier Discharges Image

    articleAug 18, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Reducing Readmissions Despite Earlier Discharges

    If healthcare reform had a tagline, it’d probably include the phrase, “more for less.” In other words, most reform efforts fall in line with the ubiquitous call for providers across the entire healthcare spectrum to deliver higher-quality care at a lower cost. This have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too approach to change places a heavy burden on the leaders responsible for ensuring their organizations live up to that lofty tagline—and that’s especially true for those leaders at the helm of large hospital …

  • What the New HCAHPS Proposal Means for the Future of Hospital-Based PT  Image

    articleAug 11, 2016 | 3 min. read

    What the New HCAHPS Proposal Means for the Future of Hospital-Based PT

    When a patient is in pain, that patient wants relief—fast. And even if the patient knows medication is only a temporary fix—and a potentially dangerous one, at that—he or she will probably still choose drugs over longer-lasting, less-instant treatment options like physical therapy. For healthcare providers beholden to payment structures that incentivize patient satisfaction, that preference presents a real pickle: give the patient what he or she wants—long-term consequences be damned—or risk lower satisfaction scores (and potentially …

  • Founder Letter: We Are Not a Commodity: The Value of Physical Therapists vs. Physical Therapy Image

    articleAug 9, 2016 | 6 min. read

    Founder Letter: We Are Not a Commodity: The Value of Physical Therapists vs. Physical Therapy

    “I’m going to physical therapy.” Whenever anyone—a friend, a colleague, or even a family member—says this to me, I feel a twinge of disappointment. I know, it sounds crazy coming from me; I am a physical therapist, after all. But that is precisely the reason behind my discontent: I am a physical therapist—a doctorate-level medical professional with the skills and education necessary to diagnose, treat, and coordinate care for my patients. I am not some nameless, faceless …

  • The Case for Specialized Software: Why Your Hospital EHR Hinders Patient Care and Increases Risk Image

    articleJul 28, 2016 | 6 min. read

    The Case for Specialized Software: Why Your Hospital EHR Hinders Patient Care and Increases Risk

    If you Google “hospital EHR,” you’ll initially receive an overwhelming number of search results for the EHR systems themselves—essentially, advertisements and promotions for their software. Wade through those results, though, and you’ll uncover a wealth of articles in which hospital practitioners complain about their technology and how it negatively impacts patient care. Search “private practice EHR,” and you’ll encounter the same thing. And these complaints are, by and large, voiced by physicians—the people for whom these systems …

  • Closing the Loop: Why PTs are Critical to ACO Success Image

    articleJul 21, 2016 | 7 min. read

    Closing the Loop: Why PTs are Critical to ACO Success

    Last year, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its plan to link half of all Medicare fee-for-service payments to alternative payment models by 2018. That’s only a year and a half away, which means the clock is ticking—and the demand for alternative model adoption is increasing. If you work in a large healthcare organization—especially a hospital—you undoubtedly already know about one such model that’s been garnering quite a lot of attention across the …

  • CPT Update: Why the Valuation of the New PT and OT Eval Codes is Problematic Image

    articleJul 19, 2016 | 9 min. read

    CPT Update: Why the Valuation of the New PT and OT Eval Codes is Problematic

    The purpose of any type of reform is to drive change. And that’s certainly true when it comes to healthcare—and healthcare payment—reform. But, change often comes slowly—and in the wake of Medicare’s recently issued proposed physician fee schedule for 2017 , I have to wonder whether it’ll come too slowly for physical and occupational therapists. That’s because, while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) voiced its support for replacing the existing CPT codes for physical …

  • 3 Things That Keep Hospital CEOs Up at Night Image

    articleJul 8, 2016 | 5 min. read

    3 Things That Keep Hospital CEOs Up at Night

    For hospital C’s—C-suite executives, that is—catching some Z’s might seem like an exercise in futility. And understandably so; after all, the growing pressure to simultaneously control costs and improve care quality is enough to turn even the heaviest sleeper into an insomniac. If you work or practice in a hospital setting, you’ve probably noticed—or even been the one to implement—some reform-driven changes to your facility’s operational processes. But, what’s really driving those changes—and is there a better …

  • Go, Go, ACO: Making Sense of Medicare’s New Alternative Payment Rules Image

    articleJun 30, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Go, Go, ACO: Making Sense of Medicare’s New Alternative Payment Rules

    Earlier this month, CMS laid down a final rule that rewrote—or at least revised—the book on accountable care organization (ACO) participation. We’ll dive into the deets in a minute, but the key takeaway here is that this rule represents yet another leap toward the transition to a value-based healthcare payment environment. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: when it comes to pushing the healthcare system to deliver more and spend less, the federal government …

  • Breaking Bad Habits: The Modern PT’s Formula for Success Image

    webinarJun 7, 2016

    Breaking Bad Habits: The Modern PT’s Formula for Success

    Since the dawn of rehab therapy, PTs have been operating in a system of restriction. In some cases, that’s a good thing—after all, therapists pride themselves in treating and healing their patients within the confines of evidence-based practice. But in many ways, the traditional system is broken—and that’s only growing more apparent as we enter a new age of health care: the era of value-based care delivery. For too long, rehab therapists have left it up to …

  • How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Patient Payment Collection Image

    articleMay 16, 2016 | 5 min. read

    How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Patient Payment Collection

    You take the good; you take the bad. You take ’em both, and you have healthcare reform. Like most government-led initiatives, healthcare reform in general—and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in particular—has inspired a lot of passionate debate. And that’s because, while it has expanded health coverage to millions of previously uninsured people (woo-hoo!), it also has given way to some less-than-positive consequences. One such effect: the trend toward increased patient financial responsibility (whomp, whomp). Out-of-Pocket Overload …

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