Losing Patients? How to Increase Patient Retention at Your Physical Therapy Practice | myPTsolutions

Getting patients in the door of your physical therapy clinic and providing excellent care is fantastic. However, it is not enough. You must retain those patients, and simply treating them is not enough to bring patients back to your facility. Therefore, establishing a patient retention program is key to the continued growth of your practice….

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3 Ways to Increase Diversity and Inclusivity in Your Allied Health Practice | myPTsolutions

Health care is expanding and changing constantly. Therefore, maintaining an inclusive environment within your allied health practice is essential for success. In addition, increasing diversity and inclusivity within your practice will bring more ideas from people with varying perspectives and backgrounds that will help your health organization reach its full innovative potential. Therefore, it is…

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Is Telehealth Here to Stay? A Look Into the Future of Physical Therapy

The pandemic is dramatically changing how and where individuals connect, and telehealth is becoming a vital resource for medical professionals to continue caring for patients. Telehealth has a tremendous impact on physical therapy. Last year, half of all physical therapy sessions were virtual. As the pandemic wanes and multiple vaccines for COVID-19 become available, it…

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3 Tips for Better Physical Therapist Onboarding Process

Physical therapists are the lifeblood of your organization, and with technology consistently changing, therapists are approaching the hiring process differently than in the past. Gone are paper applications, multiple in-person interviews, and lengthy staffing processes. Physical therapists now expect a seamless experience with simple applications, immediate feedback, and a fast onboarding process. Your organization needs…

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Don-t Let Your Physical Therapy Staff Burnout as the Weather Warms Up

Burnout is common in physical therapy. Following are four of the most frequent reasons for burnout, along with suggestions on how you can avoid burnout and create an excellent work environment for your physical therapy team. How to Prevent the 3 Main Causes of Burnout in Physical Therapists Student Debt A report suggests that more…

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How Hiring Newly Graduated Physical Therapists Can Improve Your Business

From technical aptitude to adaptability, there are many reasons for you to hire a new graduate physical therapist. Of course, there are consequences associated with hiring those with less professional experience; however, the benefits are substantial. The hire can be a win-win for the candidate and your organization. 5 Benefits of Hiring Recent Physical Therapy…

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May 9th through the 15th is Skilled Nursing Care Center week. Skilled Nursing Care Center week offers an excellent opportunity for you to consider ways to improve your staff’s working conditions, leading to better patient care and employee retention. Show your appreciation for your skilled nursing staff by creating a better work culture, listening to…

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Spend to Save: Why You Should Partner With A Physical Therapy Staffing Agency | myPTsolutions

We know how hard it can be to quickly find quality physical therapy job candidates. In fact, it is why we got started in the first place. MyPTsolutions started in 2007 when two physical therapists began offering their services on a contract basis throughout West Michigan. Soon, other therapists started asking if they would manage…

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Overwhelmed Staff? 3 Ways To Help Your PTs Manage a Patient Load | myPTsolutions

There are multiple challenges these days in health care involving the balance of efficiency and providing the best possible care. Facilities are emphasizing productivity metrics which are sending patient throughput demands through the roof. Therapists are worrying that the quality of care suffers when they are required to do more continually. The pressure on your…

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Occupational Therapist Month: How to Celebrate With Your Staff myPTsolutions

Your team of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants is part of a vitally essential profession that helps people of all ages. These professionals utilize a holistic approach to evaluating, intervening, and measuring outcomes for children with disabilities, people recovering from accidents, and helping older adults stay independent. April is occupational therapy month, and it…

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The Future of Allied Health- Tips for Hiring Top Healthcare Talent in 2021 | myPTsolutions

There are over 78 million baby boomers who will be older than 65 years of age by 2030. For the healthcare industry, this means that many of the current highly skilled healthcare workers will be moving toward retirement. The need for this aged population’s healthcare services will increase, creating a challenge for physical therapy and…

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What Skills to Look for When Hiring a Speech Pathologist | myPTsolutions

When hiring a speech-language pathologist, you may want to know what personal characteristics and attributes a speech-language pathologist job candidate needs to succeed. The right candidate will not only possess the required knowledge and skills specifically for the job, but they will also include skills such as the following: Practical oral and written communication skills…

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5 Ways To Keep Your Home Health Team Safe In Any Location myPTsolutions

Home health care is a booming industry, and it is growing much faster than many other occupations. The profession is fulfilling, with new challenges at every home. However, workers in this unique field do face risks. The hazards can include anything from overexertion to car accidents to hostile pets. The unpredictability of this profession does…

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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…

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In the latest myPTpodcast, Devin interviews Adam Fujita PT, DPT, CAFS, and Scott Hadley, PhD, DPT, private practice physical therapists. They openly discuss the challenges and struggles Covid-19 has had on their businesses and how it’s fostering them to evaluate to provide better, more accessible, more flexible services to their patients. Click here to download…

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Telehealth Rehabilitation

This blog article focuses on how telehealth is impacting two independent physical therapy clinics. I recently had the privilege of interviewing two physical therapy private practice owners, Emily Wilson, New Seasons PT, and Leonard Van Gelder, Dynamic Movement and Recovery. To watch a recording of my interview on our YouTube channel, click here. Emily and…

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Devin DeBoer, PT, and co-owner of myPTsolutions, talks with owners of physical therapy private practices, Emily Wilson and Leonard Van Gelder. They openly discuss the challenges and struggles they’ve experienced from the Covid-19 pandemic. They also shed light on how the current crisis is fostering them to evaluate to provide better, more accessible, more flexible…

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

The U.S. News and World Report recently released an updated list of their Top 10 Hospitals for Rehabilitation in the U.S. for 2018/2019. 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…

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  Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is on the horizon. Listen to Trisha Hoffman, PT, and home health rehabilitation manager, as she talks about the new payment system set for January 2020. She provides helpful suggestions for how to best prepare for the change. To listen, click here and select Episode 14.   Patient-Driven Groupings Model…

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Most of you who choose to read this blog have been preparing for the CMS Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) for a long time. Rehabilitation Manager Matt Williams’ preparation started over a year ago. I sat down with Matt to dive into the reality of PDPM. Matt also joined me for a myPTpodcast.  To listen, click…

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Staffing School Therapists

Understanding School Therapists and How they Differ from Teachers  To simplify communication and avoid unwanted stigma of being pulled out of class for remedial instruction; administrators, teachers, and parents, often refer to Speech Language Pathologists who work in a school setting as the “speech teacher.”  Although this is helpful for young students, it often leads…

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Staffing School Therapists

Creative Ways to Retain Your School Therapists The challenge for many school administrators who are looking to retain school therapists is to lead in such a way that the many positives of working in school setting outweigh the potential negatives. Many of the factors that affect a school therapist’s morale are beyond the control of…

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Communicating Respect for School Therapists

School administrators are used to thinking about how to communicate respect to their teaching staff, but they may not know how to best communicate respect for their school therapist staff members.  The communication of respect is important, because respect maintains employee morale under difficult circumstances. And as every administrator knows, a multitude of factors make…

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Retaining School Therapists

Although Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists make up a tiny part of a school’s total staff and often provide coverage for more than one building in a district- staffing school therapists can be a challenge that requires a great deal of an administrator’s time. Some school districts supply pediatric PT, OT, and…

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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….

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 through…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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 with positive online…

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10 Best Rehabilitation Hospitals

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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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 through a mentorship program. As young therapists begin their careers, a mentorship program offers an intermediate step…

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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,…

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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….

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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…

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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 through the hiring process. However, taking time to go beyond a typical resume review and phone or personal interview may reveal problems that they will…

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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…

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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…

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