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  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Physical therapy needed around the world. American PTs come to their aid.

    Amputee victims in Haiti receive physical therapy from volunteer therapist but tracking of these patients becomes nearly impossible. On a Tuesday in March, Mary Anne Kramer-Urner punched "PT Haiti amputee" into an Internet search engine. Three days later she was on her way to the Rehabilitation Clinic at Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschappelles, Haiti, as a representative of Physicians for Peace. A California physical therapist who became expert in amputee care working at a Veterans Affairs hospital, …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Adapting to change can be the key to a PT clinic’s success

    More revenue less effort. Becoming consumer-friendly. Streamline efforts. Mutli-payment options. These terms are becoming increasingly important in medical practices as our health care world continues to change. Are you using outdated reimbursement processes? Time to enter the 21st century Today's technological solutions and claims management services can streamline reimbursement process, thereby capturing more revenue for your practice without adding a single therapist hour or patient visit. The key lies in improving insufficient billing and reimbursement methods, and …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Demand for trained PTs increases

    The demand for Physical Therapist is growing. As baby boomers utilize physical therapy to gain strength and improve physical health, this field will continue to expand. ...According to the U.S. Department of Labor's statistics, physical therapy jobs are expected to increase by 20 percent or more during the next eight years. Additional labor department statistics currently state 60 percent of physical therapists work in hospitals or in offices of other health professionals. By Earl Holland Staff Writer …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Treatment plans for arthritis patients include home exercise programs

    Giving arthritis patients a clear exercise program and monitoring their progress with documented progress notes that include pain ratings, range of motion and overall flexibility can help PTs track overall physical function of these patients. Patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee or hip should stick to physically active lifestyle to improve their physical function and reduce pain, suggests a new study. Maintenance of exercise behavior and physically active lifestyle after discharge of physical therapy improves the …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    From Front Office to Back Office to Therapy Equipment - - Technology is Ever Changing

    Most PTs are adapting technology throughout their practice. Front office management, patient documentation and therapy equipment are improving efficiencies and patient care across the board. Modernizing today’s PT practice with the latest technology is becoming a key differentiator for PT clinics. There seems to be a divide in the physical therapy industry between physical therapists who rely on equipment and those who use manual therapy. The trend in the United States is more toward using equipment, while …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Got a Practice. Need the Patients.

    Therapists are in a unique position. Physician referrals are key to a successful practice. Many PTs did not enter into their careers thinking about the different marketing aspects needed to have a flourishing practice. WebPT has designed referral reports that make it easy to track your top referral sources. Electronic documentation gives referring physicians the professional information they need to feel confident in your care of their patients. Even the most proficient PTs could be twiddling their …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    WebPT Brings You the Latest in Local and Federal Legislation affecting PTs: Doctors hiring PTs

    Should doctors be allowed to hire Physical Therapists for their offices, that is the debate? Physicians argue having the PT in their office allows them better supervision over care. With Electronic Medical Records, referring physicians can have immediate access to complete patient documentation and ongoing care plans. By Alejandra Cancino Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed Friday a Senate bill that would have allowed doctors to legally hire physical therapists because those partnerships, he said, would increase costs for …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Physical Therapy Patients Post Joint Replacement Surgery are Getting Younger

    It is not uncommon to see younger patients opting for joint replacement surgery while they are still in the physical condition to truly improve their physical function. Designing unique recovery and strengthening plans for these younger patients can be critical to their long-term, post surgery success. By MARY JACOBS / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Joint replacement was once the surgery of last resort for elderly folks who'd otherwise end up bedridden. Not anymore. …"It's …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    WebPT Brings You Local and National Legislation Updates: Optional PT services for children under Medicaid

    Physical Therapy is often considered an “optional” service under Medicaid guidelines. Children can often suffer from this the most. APTA has written the following letter on behalf of the PT industry in order to offer legislative recommendations regarding this vital issue. RE: CMS-2480-NC Medicaid Program; Request for Comments on Legislative Changes to Provide Quality of Care to Children Dear Secretary Sebelius: On behalf of the American Physical Therapy Association and our 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Older Workers Bring Unique Workplace Pains

    As our population increases and workers find themselves living with pain caused by repeat behaviors over long periods of time, Physical Therapy needs for this aging workforce grow. Home and office exercise programs to develop new habits for these workers become a part of the documented care plan. The American work force is in the midst of a monumental shift in the age of its workers as baby boomers enter their late 40s to early 60s. Between …

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