Many physical therapy professionals are eager to begin using telehealth services to provide healthcare consultations. Telehealth services hold great promise for increasing patient access to physical and occupational therapy, as well as speech language pathology services.  However, as with any new technology, rules are still being written to determine how to best regulate this new industry….

Save Rural Hospitals

America’s Rural Hospital Crisis – #SaveRural #RuralHealth  How is the health of your closest hospital?  If you live in a rural area, it might be in trouble. Worse yet, if you’re a physical or occupational therapist or a speech language pathologist who lives and work in a rural area, you might be worrying about losing your PT,…

According to the 74 Home Health Physical Therapists we surveyed*, the following 3 factors were critically important or very important in choosing to work in the home health setting. Reasons Physical Therapists Choose to work in the Home Health Setting: 81% – a better life-work balance 64% – higher salary 57% – better benefits *myPTsolutions Therapist Employment Preference…

When deciding where to work, Physical and Occupational Therapists and Assistants, as well as Speech Language Pathologists are blessed with multiple options from which to choose: Outpatient Clinics, Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Homes, Schools, Industrial Settings, Specialized Rehabilitation Hospitals, and Pediatric Clinics are just a few. In addition, Physical and Occupational Therapists and their Assistants, as…

17% Americans who say how long they have to wait in the waiting room to be seen by a health care provider is extremely important in their choice of a health care provider. 44% say it is very important. Only 15% say waiting time is not important Reference: Finding Quality Doctors: How Americans evaluate provider…

October is National Physical Therapy Month, and the APTA has developed various ways for employers to recognize their PT’s this month.  But did you know that there is a national observance for every type of rehabilitation professional? Take a look our 2017 Therapist Appreciation Calendar below. Some of these events have less exposure than others; in fact there…

Physical and Occupational Therapists and their Assistants are some of the hardest to fill jobs in the nation. With physical therapists experiencing only a 1.2% unemployment rate, finding your next therapist usually involves an expensive and time consuming search process. With the current shortage of therapy professionals, your therapists are bound to be approached by…

Referrals

Since today’s healthcare consumers often “shop” online for rehab options, rehabilitation providers that have a robust online and social media presence have a significant advantage when it comes to generating referrals. However, maintaining an online presence take time and expert know-how.  If you can afford it, outsourcing your digital marketing makes sense. At the very…

burnout

Does the current state of government regulation and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems contribute to physician burnout? According to the AMA President, Steve Stack, MD, the requirement to demonstrate “meaningful use” as part of the CMS EHR Incentive Programs is an example of a regulatory issue that can force physicians to put in frustrating, extraneous…

EHR

Since the January 2009 passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH)—a $30 billion effort to transform healthcare delivery through widespread use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology, rehabilitation providers have slowly but surely been switching from charting on paper to using electronic devices. Any therapist who has lived thru…

data

With the adoption of the electronic health record and mandatory reporting to regulatory agencies, healthcare research that uses “Big Data” is quickly becoming something every healthcare professional needs to understand. “Big Data” refers to enormous data sets comprised of numerous variables. For example, the Medicare and Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project includes over 100 million observations….

Millennial

As the youngest members of the workforce, millennials (employees born between 1980 and 2000) are the future of your facility. And like every generation that has come before them, they may be a little misunderstood. But the work ethic and contributions of your millennial staff are just as valuable as any other generation — and…

boomerang

How much effort do you put into recruiting and hiring former employees? Keeping in touch with former employees takes extra effort, but as a hiring manager, this effort definitely pays off when a former employee returns. Hiring past employees is called “boomerang” employment and as the demand for rehabilitation professionals continues to grow, this trend…

apps

Smart Phone Apps are changing the way that America does business. Popular “sharing” interfaces like Uber and BnB are just a few examples of how disruptive these apps can be to an industry. But what about the healthcare industry? Will smart phone apps lead to increased efficiency and maybe even better outcomes in physical therapy,…

Online Reputation

What your patients say about your therapy clinic online is very important. In today’s climate of high deductible insurance, more and more healthcare consumers are shopping online before they sign up for services. Did you know 90 percent of patients are influenced in their decision whether or not to make an appointment by positive online…

rehab hospital

Where’s the best place for patients to go for rehab services? And if you’re a therapist looking for a new job, which hospitals have the best reputation in the industry? Every year, U.S. News and World Report reviews more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals and generates a list featuring the best of the best. Their list…

culture

Understanding and articulating your company culture is the first step to hiring great employees. A recent study by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) revealed that hires that don’t fit the company culture can lead to employee turnover, costing an organization between 50-60 percent of that person’s salary. So it’s important to pay attention…

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The current healthcare marketplace is an environment of savvy consumers. Due to high-deductible health plans and patients taking responsibility for a larger chunk of the cost of their care, smart shopping has become a must. Online pricing comparison websites are a growing trend. These sites help consumers comparison shop for healthcare products and services based…

If you’ve experienced difficulty finding rehabilitation professionals to fill your open job opportunities, you’re not alone. According to the American Staffing Association’s skills gap index released in June 2015, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists fall within the top 10 hardest-to-fill positions for employers and staffing firms.  In fact, occupational therapists ranked as…

Telehealth is growing in popularity. This up-and-coming care delivery model uses electronic communications to provide medical assessment and care to patients remotely. According to the World Market of Telehealth, this method of care delivery is projected to reach 1.8 million users worldwide by 2017. With the recent push to switch to Electronic Health Medical Records,…

Do you wish that you had therapists knocking on your door, asking to work for you?  Starting a mentorship program is a step in the right direction. Therapists are looking to connect with clinics that allow them to continue learning and developing thru a mentorship program. As young therapists begin their careers, a mentorship program offers an intermediate step…

Medicare seeks to reward long-term care facilities for providing both efficient and high-quality care. In fact, the government organization provided skilled nursing facilities with $28.8 billion in funding in 2013. But what is the best way to measure care delivery? A recent article in the Wall Street Journal brought to light Medicare’s current incentive system,…

Wouldn’t it be great if therapists grew on trees? Unfortunately for the 9.7million people who live in medically underserved areas , that’s not the case. In fact, according to the American Staffing Association’s March 2015 Skills Gap Index Report, allied health professionals are some of the top ten hardest jobs in the country to fill….

Paper medical records are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Electronic Health Records (EHR), also known as Electronic Medical Records (EMR), are required by the ACA and provide an efficient method for members of a diverse healthcare team to track patients’ treatments and progress. Still, the transition from paper charting to electronic charting can…

October 1, 2015, marks the deadline for transition of ICD-9 codes to the ICD-10 code set. By this date, the United States Department of Health and Human services is requiring all HIPAA-covered entities to implement ICD-10 coding. The ICD-10 code set expands ICD-9 codes to allow for more specific documentation of health conditions and treatments….

assessments

Rehab managers, who are often required to hire new therapists in a shortage or crisis mode, may be in such a hurry to find their next therapist that they rush thru the hiring process. However, taking time to go beyond a typical resume review and phone or personal interview may reveal problems that they will…

reputation

Your clinic’s reputation can make or break your ability to find and onboard new therapists into your practice. That’s why it’s critical to the success of your facility to take steps to protect your reputation in the industry, and within your community. Consider the following statistics from a recent survey of American workers: 76 percent…

burnout

The American Physical Therapy Association defines job burnout as, “a feeling of emotional and physical exhaustion, coupled with a sense of frustration and failure.” Caused by workplace stress, burnout gets in the way of therapists’ productivity and can lead to a high turnover rate at your facility. And, unfortunately, burned-out therapists are less equipped to…

New therapist graduates need an employer who can help them get settled into their first job but also continue learning. Physical and occupational therapists and speech language pathologists will need a first position that provides plenty of training, mentorship and support — the building blocks that will mold them into successful therapy professionals. As an…

internal marketing

Therapy is an important step on a patient’s road to recovery. However, since rehabilitation doesn’t generate as much revenue, as for example- a surgery center, it may be necessary to remind senior management of the value that your department contributes to your facility. For this reason, Rehabilitation Managers and Directors of Rehabilitation must be well…

Budget Management 101

As the manager of the rehabilitation department, it is your responsibility to make sure the budget balances each year. To do this, you’ll need to track revenue, labor costs and expenses, and adjust accordingly during the course of the year. Important budgetary tools, reports and best practices help keep everything in the black. Here’s how….

10 Best Hospitals (According to US News and World Report)

The U.S. News and World Report recently released their Top 10 Hospitals for Rehabilitation in the U.S. for 2014/2015. Making the list gives the rehabilitation facilities below a platform to promote their services, and highlight their accomplishments. What does the best hospitals ranking really mean? Making the list means that a rehabilitation hospital has a…

marketing essentials

To keep a full schedule of appointments, patients need to know that your clinic exists and what services you offer. Of course, your first priority with your practice is delivering the best care. However, great care and customer service no longer automatically lead to a full caseload. Insurance coverage and physician referrals have the most…

essential qualities

Maintaining a fully staffed rehabilitation department presents huge challenges for every Rehabilitation Director.  Employee turnover and a shortage of specialized talent make for a perfect storm when it comes to filling openings and covering short term leaves. Most Directors of Rehabilitation wear many hats and don’t have time to focus solely on recruiting their next…

Recruiting Physical Therapists

Have you ever placed a classified ad for a physical therapist and had no response? That’s because 98 percent of licensed physical therapists are currently employed!  Your ad is competing for the attention of the 2 percent of physical therapists who are looking for work. What can you do to make sure your job posting…

Productivity

Managing productivity requires walking a tight rope between meeting the needs of your patients and maintaining the financial stability of your facility. Changes in reimbursement and referral sources have most rehabilitation providers trying to do more with less. To maintain a successful practice, physical and occupational therapists and their assistants, as well as speech language…

Efficient onboarding is vital to the productivity of your temporary travel employees. With proper training right from the start, your travel therapists will be able to join your workforce as seamlessly as possible. You’ll help prevent the hiccups that can be associated with a lack of training for new staff members, including confusion, frustration, and…

How engaged are your employees? The term employee engagement relates to how focused, motivated and productive your workers are while on the job. An engaged employee can mean the difference between simply coming to work versus delivering superior patient care. This is vital to how satisfied your patients are with the treatment they receive, and…

Many outpatient therapy clinics struggle with cancellations and no-shows. Sources report that most clinics face a standard cancellation rate of 2%–4%. However, if your clinic is experiencing cancellations or no-shows on 12%–15% of appointments, your business may be in jeopardy. Regardless of your current situation, every clinic can take steps to help ensure more stable,…

Wellness programs can help you encourage good health habits in your organization. And that is key for healthier employees, fewer illnesses and related healthcare costs, and potential savings on employee benefits. Still, many employers look for guidance when it comes to implementing a wellness program: What activities should be included? Do incentives work? How effective…

Thanksgiving is just around the corner…and most Directors of Rehabilitation are thinking about thanking their staffing team. But why limit giving thanks to once a year? According to Jon Gordon, the author of the Soup – A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture, the number one reason why people leave their jobs is because…

Maybe you’ve heard about the generation gap in reference to parenting, but did you know that it affects your workforce, as well? Right now, healthcare workers span four generations. Each generation has a different work ethic, values, skills and experience. A better understanding of what makes each generation unique can help you manage your staff…

healthcare staff happy

Happy workers are also known as “engaged” workers.  Engagement in the workforce has a direct correlation to productivity.  Engaged employees are less likely to leave your facility in search of a new position. For the sake of your patients and your facility’s reputation, it’s always a good idea to take steps to keep your employees…

Social Media Help

You’ve heard the saying… If you want to catch fish… you have to go where the fish are. But the question is, “Are therapists using social media to look for jobs and, If I invest in developing a social media presence, will that help me find my next therapist?” Well, social media has become a…

Rewarding employees for a healthy lifestyle is something that every employer wants to do, but no matter how great your program, low participation may cause you to give up and become discouraged. Incentives fall flat or are quickly forgotten. Making time for wellness in the midst of productivity expectations and full schedule of patient evaluations…

Every state’s licensing board has different continuing education requirements for physical, occupational, and speech therapists. Some states require proof of this coursework to be submitted with the paperwork for renewing the therapist’s license. A great variety of companies supply these courses.   When deciding which course to take, most therapists take into consideration the following factors:…

Gaining the trust and respect of both your superiors and your subordinates is critical to any management position. Directors of Rehabilitation play the important role of bridging the gap between the employees and the administration of their facility. Their job is to communicate their company’s vision in such a way as to inspire their rehab…

Within the rehabilitation industry, the aging of the baby boomer population has created a large demand for therapy services. However, the high employment rate of therapists makes these positions difficult to fill, especially in rural locations. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), physical therapists are now experiencing the best employment conditions since 1997,…

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