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  • Why My Practice Can’t Live Without Outcomes Tracking Image

    articleMar 15, 2017 | 3 min. read

    Why My Practice Can’t Live Without Outcomes Tracking

    If you don’t measure it, you cannot improve it. For a long time, as our business was growing, we operated by feel. And we “felt” we were doing a good job. Once we started tracking our physical therapy outcomes , though, we finally knew. We found out that we were doing a good job—in some areas. In other areas, we found out that we needed more work. The main point is that we were flying blind until …

  • St. Paddy's Day Quiz: What's Your Traditional Irish Medicine Technique? Image

    articleMar 13, 2017 | 1 min. read

    St. Paddy's Day Quiz: What's Your Traditional Irish Medicine Technique?

    Back in the Irish days of yore, there was no such thing as physical therapy. Heck, there were barely even doctors—at least as we know them today. In fact, before the advent of modern medicine, the healing community prescribed some pretty strange remedies to common ailments like headaches and joint pain. So, if you had practiced medicine back in old-timey Ireland, what would have been your go-to treatment? Take this quick 10-question quiz to find out.   …

  • Social Networking with Purpose: A Guide for OTs Image

    articleMar 10, 2017 | 4 min. read

    Social Networking with Purpose: A Guide for OTs

    1.86 billion Facebook users and myself agree: online networking platforms represent one of the best technological advances in recent years. If you aren’t leveraging the online sphere to grow your occupational therapy network, you may be missing out. However, we all know by now that the online world can be a rabbit hole of dead ends and misadventures. It is, therefore, critical to approach social networking with purpose.  Here are three steps to help you do just …

  • Stay Sharp: Using Data to Up-Skill Your Clinical Staff Image

    articleMar 9, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Stay Sharp: Using Data to Up-Skill Your Clinical Staff

    As more private payers join the value-based reimbursement movement, rehab therapy providers may want to take a good, hard look in the mirror to determine whether their data-collection efforts are up to par—and for good reason. Payment throughout the entire healthcare continuum will soon be tied to value, rather than volume . And to prove the efficacy of their treatment—and thus, ensure success in the long term—PTs must not only collect outcomes data, but also develop a …

  • Founder Letter: Innovate, Don't Automate: The Slippery Slope of Clinical Support Software Image

    articleMar 7, 2017 | 8 min. read

    Founder Letter: Innovate, Don't Automate: The Slippery Slope of Clinical Support Software

    Today, most of us depend on technology to help us tackle some of the more mundane tasks that would otherwise require time and space on our already-too-full schedules. We text instead of call. We order gifts, groceries, and gadgets online instead of waiting in line at the store. And we deposit checks using our phones—if we ever even receive a check (hello, Square Cash and online bill pay)—instead of trekking over to the bank. In essence, we’ve …

  • Evaluation Exam: Do You Know How to Use the New PT and OT Eval Codes? [Quiz] Image

    articleMar 3, 2017 | 1 min. read

    Evaluation Exam: Do You Know How to Use the New PT and OT Eval Codes? [Quiz]

    On January 1, 2017, new CPT codes went into effect for PT and OT evaluations and reevaluations. To use these new codes correctly, PTs and OTs must determine—and code for—the correct level of complexity associated with each patient evaluation. As with anything new, the implementation of these codes stirred up quite a few tough questions. Think you know how to use them? Test your skills on this quiz to be sure. After all, incorrect code selection could …

  • 8 Tips for Selling Your Boss on the Software You Need Image

    articleMar 1, 2017 | 7 min. read

    8 Tips for Selling Your Boss on the Software You Need

    Most of us have to have tough, frank conversations with our bosses from time to time, but none may be quite as daunting as “the pitch”—you know, when you have a great idea, but you have to convince your supervisor it's a winner before it’ll see the light of day. This is not the time to “wing it”—no, before entering this type of discussion, it’s important to do your homework. If you’re pitching your boss on a …

  • WebPT Member Q&A: Why PTs Absolutely Must Track Outcomes Image

    articleFeb 27, 2017 | 7 min. read

    WebPT Member Q&A: Why PTs Absolutely Must Track Outcomes

    Brian Rodriguez, PT, DPT, OCS, is the owner of Utah Physical Therapy Specialists in West Jordan, Utah. There, he treats a variety of orthopedic conditions, specializing in sports injuries, spine problems, headaches, auto accident cases, geriatric problems, and work injuries. A WebPT Member since 2012, Brian’s clinic was one of the first to put WebPT Outcomes to work. In this interview-style post, Brian provides his two-cents on the importance of outcomes tracking , explains how he built …

  • Suppressing Sticker Shock: How to Handle Your Patients’ High-Deductible Health Plans Image

    webinarFeb 23, 2017

    Suppressing Sticker Shock: How to Handle Your Patients’ High-Deductible Health Plans

    Copayments, coinsurances, unresolved balances—oh my! Any one of these can cause headaches for healthcare providers, but as healthcare reform efforts shift more and more financial burden to insurance beneficiaries, today’s practitioners are increasingly facing all three. And these challenges are not only hurting their patient acquisition and retention rates, but also their bottom lines. Tired of spending time verifying benefits only to lose those patients to copay sticker shock? Stuck in a constant cycle of pursuing past-due …

  • Sharpen Your Saw: My Top 3 Takeaways from CSM 2017 Image

    articleFeb 23, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Sharpen Your Saw: My Top 3 Takeaways from CSM 2017

    Sometimes you have to take a break from the “work” of your work to hone your skills and take your game to the next level. After returning home from this year’s APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in San Antonio, I feel like that statement rings particularly true; after all, it takes stepping outside your office—and the comfort zone you’ve created inside those walls—to learn new ideas and approaches that will help you become more effective and efficient …

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