You might think that transitioning between adult and pediatric telehealth physical therapy is a piece of cake, but I’m here to tell you that you should definitely do some homework before embarking on a virtual journey with littles.
Chances are, you’ve searched for a local business on Google before—whether that be a restaurant or a healthcare provider. If so, then you’ve probably seen the Google Maps local pack, which looks a little something like this.
Despite how challenging this past year has been, there is still a lot to look forward to in terms of where the rehab therapy industry is heading. After all, the pace of innovation isn’t slowing down for anything—not even the novel coronavirus.
With no clear end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, businesses that use technology to provide services have become even more relevant, and it’s become even more important for those businesses to use digital marketing to find new customers. This can put a financial strain on businesses and create complications for businesses like physical therapy clinics, which typically provide services that require in-person interactions.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit the PT industry like a wrecking ball—and now clinics across the nation are beginning to pick up the pieces and learn how to treat patients in this new, virus-laden world. To help PTs navigate this new healthcare landscape, Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, WebPT Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, and Nancy Ham, WebPT CEO hosted an hour-long webinar discussing the impact of the pandemic and strategies for reopening.
Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was slowly gaining traction as a viable mode of service delivery for OTs, PTs, and SLPs. Providers and patients were beginning to appreciate its benefits (especially for patients in rural areas and pediatric patients living on federal land) but adoption was scattered. Some states, such as Georgia, explicitly authorized telehealth in their rehab therapy state practice acts, while others authorized rehab therapy telehealth via a separate, related statute.
In these tumultuous times, it is of the utmost importance that we prioritize the safety of our fellow healthcare workers and patients. That is why many providers are seriously considering changing their business model and reallocating resources to telehealth—especially considering that CMS is beginning to reimburse PTs and OTs for certain telehealth services.
To say that 2020 has been a year marked by change would be an understatement. In a matter of weeks, cities have all but shut down, companies have shifted their entire workforce to a remote environment, and the government has enacted multiple rounds of emergency legislation. In the rehab therapy world,
Nestled in an unassuming business park in Goodyear, Arizona, this Empower Physical Therapy clinic location is quieter than you might expect—but it feels welcoming. One of the front desk workers waves hello, her smiling eyes crinkling each time someone walks through the tall glass entry doors.
In the not-too-distant past, telehealth was unexplored and unfamiliar territory for rehab therapists—long-time advocates of the in-person visit. Yet practically overnight, therapists were forced to dive head-first into the telehealth pool and start providing care via hybrid or fully remote treatment models. And now that many major payers are covering therapy services delivered via telehealth, c
World events have created a boom in all things video conferencing. Kids, teenagers, grandmas, and office workers alike are turning to video services like Zoom or Skype to connect with their friends, family, or colleagues—while staying safe at home.
These are unprecedented times—and the rapidly changing healthcare landscape is leaving many rehab therapists feeling lost, adrift, and concerned about their future. That’s why earlier this week, our in-house experts, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, WebPT Chief Clinical Officer and Co-Founder, John Wallace, PT, MS, WebPT Chief Business Development Officer of Revenue Cycle Management, and Veda Collmer, WebPT