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Advocating for those who need us

Providing the best care for our therapy patients has evolved and expanded over the past year. Our roles as therapists have broadened to include advocating for patients as well as providing services for them.

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When is telehealth the right option?

As providers, patients, and payers look for more cost-effective and efficient ways to provide health care, some are turning to telehealth as an option. Telehealth involves using electronic communication to provide healthcare information and services to a remote location. These services can include physical therapy.

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Getting noticed by ACOs

Accountable care organizations were created to promote better care and better health for individuals and populations at a lower cost. They must identify providers that excel in areas not covered by ACOs themselves. In addition, providers must be accountable for their patients’ health, along with ACOs. That means providers have the financial incentives to do only what is absolutely needed.

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Creating buy-in for Triple Aim

Before you can implement policies to help achieve the triple aim, you’re going to need the all-important buy-in from staff. First, let’s look at the triple aim itself and how it benefits consumers.

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Using therapy to improve population health

In my years of working in rehabilitation, I have been in hundreds of independent and assisted living communities that cater to the older generation. I have seen beautiful fitness and pool areas that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars — and next to no use of these fitness centers. What good does this do for older people in our communities?

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Tackling the triple aim of therapy

Creating satisfying experiences for individuals seeking care means focusing on the patient—not the provider. This needs to happen on a level that is system-wide, encompassing organizations, services and health care professionals.

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Therapy is more than revenue and service

How do skilled nursing facilities, clinics and hospitals think about therapy? Focusing on patient satisfaction and revenue is a good start, but it is not enough. As therapy continues to be scrutinized by the government and insurance companies, it’s a good idea for administrators, directors of nursing and compliance staff to become more familiar with therapy operations.

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