August 4, 2016, 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT
Since the dawn of rehab therapy, PTs have been operating in a system of restriction. In some cases, that’s a good thing—after all, therapists pride themselves in treating and healing their patients within the confines of evidence-based practice. But in many ways, the traditional system is broken—and that’s only growing more apparent as we enter a new age of health care: the era of value-based care delivery.
For too long, rehab therapists have left it up to the healthcare powers that be to define their value. They’ve pigeonholed themselves as adjunct providers who depend on others for patients, permission, and payments. But, it’s not too late for PTs to break free and take matters into their own hands—to be the ones who knock. In fact, the status quo has never been more ripe for disruption.
In this webinar, Dr. Heidi Jannenga and Charlotte Bohnett will:
- Pinpoint the ways in which the traditional paradigm of practice is hindering physical therapists—especially in the face of healthcare reform.
- Cover new-school strategies for success in a value-driven healthcare world.
- Explain how therapists can use data to break the cycle of commoditization, rise to their potential as primary care providers, and achieve optimal business and patient outcomes.
Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L President and Co-Founder
Charlotte Bohnett Director of Demand Generation
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