• When Patients Can't Pay: The How and Why of Financing Programs Image

    articleMar 13, 2019 | 5 min. read

    When Patients Can't Pay: The How and Why of Financing Programs

    Most patients— especially those with whom your practice has a good rapport —want to pay their bills. Unfortunately, with the rise of high-deductible healthcare plans , patients are now responsible for a larger portion of their healthcare bills (in addition to insurance plan premiums). As a result, many well-intentioned people are simply unable to cover the cost of the care they need. This problem is exacerbated for specialities like rehab therapy, because patients typically need to attend …

  • 5 Signs You're Not Ready to Sell Your Practice Image

    articleMar 11, 2019 | 8 min. read

    5 Signs You're Not Ready to Sell Your Practice

    Rehab therapy market consolidation is a hot topic that’s only gotten hotter over the last few years . But when large companies start to absorb your local competition faster than you can blink, that hot topic suddenly becomes uncomfortably close—and you may feel pressured to consider a voluntary sale before you’re swallowed up by the flames. I mean, why resign to getting gobbled when you can form a mutually beneficial partnership, right? But what happens if—after going …

  • What's a Landing Page, and Why Should I Use One? Image

    articleFeb 26, 2019 | 4 min. read

    What's a Landing Page, and Why Should I Use One?

    It’s no surprise that patients turn to the Web for health information . (Dr. Google, anyone?) And when folks hit up the Internet for solutions to what ails them, you want them to know rehab therapy is the ideal option. (After all, as we mention here , only about 10% of patients who could benefit from seeing a PT actually end up doing so.) That’s where tools like Google Ads come into play (e.g., targeting advertisements to …

  • 4 Weird Ways Patients Are Finding Your Practice Image

    articleFeb 25, 2019 | 6 min. read

    4 Weird Ways Patients Are Finding Your Practice

    Attracting patients can be a big struggle—one that, especially in smaller clinics, often leaves therapists and practice owners wondering exactly how to get more business. And although we’ve talked a lot about some common strategies you can use to lure in new patients (and retain old ones ), there are some less-visible forces that could be pulling in a small portion of your patient pool. So today, we’re going to step away from more conventional digital marketing …

  • 2019 MIPS Quality Measures for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    downloadFeb 22, 2019

    2019 MIPS Quality Measures for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    There are boatloads of information floating around about MIPS and its requirements—and considering how complex it is , there’s little question as to why. Certain parts of the program bear the brunt of the intricate legalese, though—one of which being the Quality category. A descendent of the defunct PQRS program, the Quality category has more than 250 measures—each with unique reporting requirements. Of those measures, the final rule listed the following 11 as specifically applicable to PTs …

  • Make Google Do It: How to Use the Internet to Win More Patients  Image

    webinarFeb 20, 2019

    Make Google Do It: How to Use the Internet to Win More Patients

    A quiet day in the clinic can be nice every once in a while, but if you’re constantly scrambling to fill your schedule, staying profitable is going to be tough. After all, you’ve got bills to pay, and to bring in revenue, you’ve gotta bring in patients. But, how do you find them? It might sound a little strange, but the best place to look for patients is exactly where they’re looking for you: online. Chances are, …

  • 5 MIPS Lies You've Been Told—But Should Not Believe Image

    articleFeb 20, 2019 | 7 min. read

    5 MIPS Lies You've Been Told—But Should Not Believe

    WebPT is a purpose-driven company that’s gained the trust of its Members by prioritizing integrity, which, by definition , requires honesty and strong principles. As a company executive—and also as a consumer—I know that being lied to is the worst, especially when a person or company does it in order to benefit at my expense. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of this going on in our industry right now when it comes to Medicare's Merit-Based …

  • Can't Buy Loyalty: Why Patient Reviews Should be Your Number-One Marketing Priority Image

    articleFeb 19, 2019 | 5 min. read

    Can't Buy Loyalty: Why Patient Reviews Should be Your Number-One Marketing Priority

    I’ll let you in on a little secret: digital ads shouldn’t be the end all, be all of marketing your outpatient practice. Don’t get me wrong—digital ads are important. But when it comes to driving new patients through your front door, online reviews are your best friend. That’s because online reviews are essentially the modern equivalent to word-of-mouth, which many would argue is the most effective type of marketing. And as we mention in this post on …

  • The Pros and Cons of Opting into MIPS Image

    articleFeb 18, 2019 | 8 min. read

    The Pros and Cons of Opting into MIPS

    I’ve spent an enormous amount of time researching MIPS —from digging through the 2,000-odd pages of the final rule and decoding line upon line of legalese, to participating in hour-long discussions (and dozens of email chains) with WebPT’s compliance experts. After all that researching, I feel pretty comfortable with the ins and outs of the program—as well as its benefits and drawbacks. So, let’s talk shop. Here are the pros and cons of MIPS participation : Pros …

  • Max Your Margin: How to Stay Profitable Amid Falling Reimbursements Image

    articleFeb 13, 2019 | 6 min. read

    Max Your Margin: How to Stay Profitable Amid Falling Reimbursements

    Last year, at WebPT’s fifth annual Ascend business summit for rehab therapists, the WebPT team hosted a focus group to learn more about the needs of private practice PTs, OTs, and SLPs. One of the themes that came up repeatedly during that conversation was the ever-present struggle with decreasing reimbursements, which makes sense considering how challenging it can be to earn enough revenue to provide exceptional care to patients in the current healthcare climate. As more studies—like …

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