New Orleans is known for its killer parties, so we’re super excited to host this year’s Private Practice Section (PPS) after-party at the 8 Block Kitchen & Bar (located in the Hyatt Regency) on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Join us for live entertainment, complimentary food and drinks, and plenty of great conversation, all starting at 6:00 PM Central.
Last week WebPT descended upon Las Vegas for PPS 2012, ready to talk EMR, technology, cloud computing, marketing, social media, and all things PT. In addition to rocking one of the coolest booths on the tradeshow floor, we thoroughly enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces and befriending new folks, too. Our After Party was a huge hit, and Brad and Heidi got a lot of great questions at their “Taking Your Practice Into the Cloud” presentation. Visit our Facebook page to view photos from PPS 2012.
Paper documentation ain’t warm and fuzzy with rainbows and sunshine. It’s cumbersome and bang-your-head-against-a-wall frustrating. That’s why we want you to get real with your documentation. Ditch the pen and paper and get WebPT, the ultimate EMR solution for rehab therapists.
If you read my blog or follow me on Twitter (@PranaPT) you know that I have a thing for Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog). His writing is full of wisdom, shared in clear, short, relevant messages. I just finished reading his book Linchpin and was struck by his definition of the word “art.”
Today’s post is brought to us by Tim Beury, Operations Manager with Medical Resource Association. Thanks for sharing this information Tim!
If you are a physical or occupational therapist in the United States that has been in private practice the you have surely experienced the anxiety filled hour (or two!) of working out a good plan of action to effectively increase your referrals. You are undoubtedly familiar with the work it takes to be viewed in your community as a cut above the rest or at least above your competition around the corner. If you have not experienced this phenomenon then I urge you to stop reading and pick up the phone to call me and immediately let me in on your secret!
For all of the rest of us who do experience a certain level of this “anxiety” or “stress” from trying to pay the bills month to month, I have a recomendation for you. We know that therapists are constantly reaching and striving for the ultimate in patient care and perfection at their clinics without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. May I suggest introducing Durable Medical Supplies into your practice?
When I was a physical therapy student, I always knew that one day I would open up my own private practice. My initial perceptions were only about the money, deliriously thinking that in private practice I’d make big bucks while at the same time doing what I love practicing physical therapy. Selfish, I know. Well I’ve grown much wiser since then. I’ve learned that such a reality, while not entirely impossible, is not the way I’d want to live my life. The focus on only monetary values leads to pretty unsightly results.
Our blog post today was written by WebPT member, Dr. Sam Esterson, PT, MA, MBA, DScPT. He is the owner of Esterson and Associates Physical Therapy. He is also the author of a well-received book written in 2003, entitled Starting & Managing Your Own Physical Therapy Practice: A Guide for the Rookie Entrepreneur. Dr. Esterson will be a featured guest on this month’s webinar. Learn more here. Thanks to Sam for his wise words.
Those forward thinking and self-motivated therapists who possess a powerful drive to grow, are goal-directed, and have low blood pressure are ones who may be the best candidates to jump in, full throttle, and consider opening up a practice “on their own.” Sure, there’s much to consider and plan, but, if you are a therapist working in an environment where you are constantly thinking, “Gee, I sure could do this better, easier, more creatively, and/or more cost-effectively,” then, you may have “the itch.” The people who generally have this spirit are called “entrepreneurs.” An entrepreneur is one who organizes, manages and assumes the risks of an enterprise. The term comes from the French, entreprendre, meaning, to undertake. Entrepreneurs demand as much of themselves as they do of others. They have a passion for their dreams and do not easily take “no” for an answer. Entrepreneurs see opportunity when others see potential failure. They see the proverbial glass half-full while others perceive the glass half-empty.
There are some therapists who may think that by opening their own practice, they will become their own boss and not have to take orders from others ever again. This concept cannot be further from the truth. In fact, once you open your own business, you will have many bosses, including the referring practitioners who have clinical demands on you, insurance companies who direct your care by virtue of how they reimburse you for services rendered, patients who have a knack for manipulating your time and efforts, and even your staff who place constraints on you in many ways.
The WebPT Sales Team had a rocking time in Seattle, WA last week at the APTA Private Practice Show. While it was a little cooler in Seattle than we’re used to in Phoenix, we enjoyed the fall colors and even a little rain! Thanks to all of our members who stopped by to talk with us. We love the opportunity to put faces with names. One of our members, Darla Whitehead of Be Active Physical Therapy in Pearisburg, VA had a quick message to share with us (and all of you). You can watch the video below. Thanks Darla!
When it comes to social media marketing (SMM) for physical therapy practices, many wonder if it is worth the time and effort. When asked, how much business they have received from their social media efforts, the typical answer is, “I am not sure.” Some go as far as saying that they don’t get any patients from it at all.