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Patient care is a particularly hot topic in this era of value-based care. Thanks to new metrics that focus on outcomes and readmission rates, post-acute care facility administrators are scrutinizing their current policies and procedures and implementing new plans.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has several changes in store for Medicaid that will affect post-acute care and skilled nursing care facilities in 2018. Familiarizing yourself with these three changes will help your facility make adjustments to.

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Expected to grow 10 percent between 2016 and 2026, chiropractic is becoming far more popular among athletes, injured people, and other patient populations. The American Chiropractic Association also estimates there will be 80,000 chiropractors in the US by 2020,.

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As hospitals look for ways to reduce readmissions and avoid costly reimbursement penalties, many are reevaluating their relationships with post-acute care facilities. Facilities with poor metrics or inefficient communication methods are likely to find themselves.

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Nov 21, 2017

9 Tips for Evaluating Athletic Training Equipment

As your school’s sports programs grow, and as your current equipment suffers wear and tear, you’ll eventually need to invest in new pieces for your athletic training facility. With a tight budget, limited space, and a variety of needs; however,...

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Nov 14, 2017

8 Ways to Connect with the Community & Grow Your Chiropractic Practice

Chiropractic is the most sought-after health profession for complementary and alternative care in the United States. Even so, there are plenty of misconceptions about the chiropractor’s role and scope of practice.

Fortunately, patient education...

Nov 7, 2017

4 Ways Chiropractors Can Increase Positive Online Reviews

Whether consumers are researching dishwashers or choosing a chiropractor, online reviews play an important role in the decision-making process. In fact, 92 percent of consumers read online reviews, and 40 percent form an opinion of the business...

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Oct 31, 2017

4 Ways Post-Acute Care Providers Can Create a Culture of Engagement

When your staff is happy, your patients are much more likely to be pleased with the care they receive. Unfortunately, lack of engagement is a problem in many workplaces, including post-acute care facilities. Only 33 percent of U.S. employees...

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Oct 17, 2017

7 Ways Hospital Rehab Leaders can Attract Top Talent

Every rehab department wants to hire the best-of-the-best physical therapists, clinicians who will improve patient care, profits and the hospital’s reputation. As the healthcare industry becomes more competitive, however – and as skilled...

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Oct 3, 2017

Should I Add Nutritional Supplements to My Physical Therapy Practice?

It’s no secret nutrition can significantly affect patients’ physical therapy outcomes. Soreness and inflammation are influenced by the nutrients we consume, and proper nutrition is key to performing well in and out of the clinic, particularly for...

Sep 26, 2017

5 Questions to Ask a Post-Acute Care Rehab Equipment Provider

As a leader in the long-term post-acute care space, you know the value of maintaining a good reputation. After all, you’re competing with dozens of other facilities in your region and you know referral hospitals only want to work with the best of...

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Sep 19, 2017

4 Ways Your Physical Therapy Practice Can Improve Brand Recognition

A strong brand is essential to the success of any physical therapy practice. Practices that fail to distinguish themselves from the competition, no matter how high the quality of services they provide, will struggle to retain existing patients,...

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Aug 8, 2017

Opening a Physical Therapy Private Practice? Get This Equipment

Quality equipment is essential to any good physical therapy practice. Up-to-date, well-maintained equipment projects an air of professionalism, and it makes treatments more effective for your patients and easier on your body.

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Aug 1, 2017

8 Key Marketing Tips for Chiropractic Clinics

In today’s competitive healthcare environment, offering top-of-the-line service isn’t always enough. Chiropractors and other rehab specialists are opening up shop left and right, and patients can’t possibly sample them all.

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Jul 6, 2017

8 Things Top Hospital Physical Therapy Departments Invest In

In the increasingly competitive world of hospital-based rehab, quality patient care sets the best physical therapy departments apart from the rest. Still, it only helps to invest in great technology, equipment, and human resources — and...

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Jul 5, 2017

10 Things You’ll Find In the Top Chiropractic Clinics

Today’s patients are more discerning than ever. With more people taking control of their own health, most chiropractors get more walk-ins than physician referrals, and patients are quick to compare the clinics in their locales. Word-of-mouth...

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Jun 29, 2017

9 Ways Overworked Athletic Trainers Can Avoid Burnout

From doctors to nurses to PTs and athletic trainers, burnout is all too common among medical professionals. The combination of long hours, weekends, and a lack of personal time can lead to diminished interest among even the most dedicated...

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Jun 27, 2017

How to Keep Patients Committed to Their Physical Therapy Plan

Research shows that as few as 35 percent of physical therapy patients adhere to their prescribed home exercise program. You know the work patients put in at home is just as important, if not more, than the work they put in at your clinic. Factors...

Jun 22, 2017

How Much Should Families Be Involved in Post-Acute Care Plans?

Not so long ago, the patient was the only one affected if he or she didn’t adhere to the post-acute care plan. Today, everyone suffers. Hospitals’ reimbursement rates decline if the re-hospitalization rate rises. When post-acute care facilities...

Jun 20, 2017

How to Prepare for Value-Based Care

Change isn’t always easy, particularly when the change is as major as the switch from fee-for-service to value-based care. If you fail to meet metrics and benchmarks set by the Centers for Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurers — your bottom...

Jun 15, 2017

9 Truths About Physical Therapy Patients Often Misunderstand

As respected and in-demand as physical therapy has become, patients still hold more than a few misconceptions about what PTs do — and what good physical therapy actually involves. Many people believe physical therapy is only for rehabilitating...

Jun 13, 2017

7 Athletic Training Trends You Need to Know Now

March was National Athletic Training Month, and the NATA once again did a great job building awareness of emerging trends and innovations in our field. Now more than ever, medical professionals and laypeople alike recognize the tremendous role...

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Jun 8, 2017

What is Spinal Hygiene and Why Do Chiropractors Love It?

Do your patients brush their teeth, floss, and visit their dentist once or twice each year? You’d sure hope so! Oral hygiene has become part and parcel of modern life, and we’re all the better for it. Where tooth decay and gum disease were once...

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Jun 7, 2017

Using Technology to Attract and Keep Physical Therapists

In just seven short years, the demand for physical therapists is expected to increase dramatically. This is due in part to the greater number of baby boomers staying active later in life and it means that physical therapists — especially those...

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May 25, 2017

10 Time-Savers for Busy Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers know time is their most precious resource. Whether you’re treating an athlete on the sidelines or taping an ankle in the training room, every minute counts. And, even when you’re not in the middle of a game or treatment,...

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May 23, 2017

The 7 Best Physical Therapy Methods Explained

While every clinic has a few go-to treatments, great physical therapy professionals are always on the hunt for new methods that will improve outcomes and increase clinic efficiency. From traditional exercises to cutting-edge modalities, PTs know...

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May 18, 2017

3 Things That Threaten Hospital Physical Therapy Department Efficiency

It’s often the little and sometimes unexpected things that disrupt the flow in a hospital physical therapy department. A misplaced cart or difficulty accessing a patient’s electronic health record (EHR) can throw off the schedule for the entire...

May 16, 2017

What Does the Future of Post-Acute Care Look Like?

Keeping up with changes that affect the future of post-acute care is almost a full-time job these days. Although there are certainly challenges ahead, your post-acute care facility can thrive and grow if you’re willing to embrace new ideas and...

May 11, 2017

5 of the Most Popular Trends for Chiropractors in 2017

As a chiropractor, you know the industry is constantly evolving and changing. Just as you’ve fully implemented one new treatment style or philosophy into your practice, the industry is abuzz with another cutting-edge trend. But while some...

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May 9, 2017

4 Productivity Hacks Used by Top Athletic Trainers

Whether you’re taping up an injury on the sidelines or working with an athlete to regain range of motion after they’ve healed, as an athletic trainer you know every minute counts. Being productive, efficient, and effective are the keys to...

May 4, 2017

Rehab Equipment that Top Post-Acute Care Facilities Use Most

In the competitive healthcare marketplace, it’s more important than ever to ensure your post-acute care facility outpaces other facilities in your area. If you don’t have the latest rehab equipment, you may lose prospective patients and notice a...

May 2, 2017

7 Chronic Pain Treatments All PTs Should Know

Chronic pain can be one of the most difficult and frustrating conditions to treat, and it presents unique challenges to both patients and therapists. Affecting an estimated 116 million Americans per year, it costs the United States over $5 billion

Apr 20, 2017

4 Ways to Improve Your Hospital Rehab Census

It’s not always easy to please both hospital administration and your employees. In an effort to increase productivity, administrators may recommend patient census goals that are difficult to meet on a daily basis. Unfortunately, both patients and...

Apr 18, 2017

3 Tips for Making the Best Athletic Training Equipment Investments

We’re a few months into 2017, and successful athletic trainers like you are ironing out your budget for the rest of the year. This is the time of year you’re finalizing big purchases and determining the investments you’ll need to make to keep...

Apr 12, 2017

How Can Physical Therapy Practices Increase Profitability in 2017?

If your No. 1 goal is to help your clients experience better outcomes, your second objective is to increase your practice’s profitability. After all, decreasing costs while increasing revenue allows you the budget wiggle room to make better...

Apr 6, 2017

Top 6 Cutting-Edge Rehab Equipment Trends to Know in 2017

The rehab equipment industry has changed drastically in the last few years. Some tools have gained popularity, others are on the decline and the market is brimming with new products designed to improve patient care and make therapists’ lives...

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8 Common Pitfalls Medical Product Distributors Should Avoid

Having trouble closing sales? More often than not, there’s a good reason why a salesperson can call contacts, set up meetings and consistently fall short when it comes time to seal the deal. A bad product is rarely to blame, however, and in fact,...

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Mar 28, 2017

How to Make Your Hospital Rehab Department More Efficient

Is your hospital rehab department as efficient as it can be? Boosting efficiency improves patient outcomes and satisfaction and can even have a positive effect on reimbursements. In many cases, increasing efficiency only involves making a few...

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Mar 23, 2017

How Post-Acute Care Professionals Can Excel in Transitional Care

Poor transitions can affect every aspect of patient care and lead to medication errors, falls, infections and other problems that could jeopardize the future of your facility. If transition problems are severe and ongoing, hospitals may soon...

Mar 16, 2017

7 Sports Injury Recovery Myths All PTs Want to Bust

Despite a growing abundance of good resources related to injury prevention, sports injury rehab and proper movement, there are still far too many well-accepted myths related to sports injury recovery. These myths often give physical therapy...

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7 Athletic Facility Mistakes that Drive Staff Crazy

Any training facility is only as effective as the staff it employs. When it comes to athletic training, however, administrators make blunders that drive great trainers out the door. To retain top talent and improve your facility, avoid these...

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8 Things the Best Post-Acute Care Facilities Do

Post-acute rehab is an increasingly competitive field, and today’s providers have to work extra hard to stay on top. Fortunately for patients, this level of competition has created a more patient-centered market where service and outcomes are...

Mar 2, 2017

How Can Medical Product Dealers Improve Customer Support?

It only takes one bad experience for your customers to decide that dealing with your company is more trouble than it’s worth. In fact, 60 percent of consumers have decided not to conduct a business transaction or make a purchase based on poor...

Feb 28, 2017

7 Signs It's Time to Invest in New Rehab Equipment

Just as top athletes want great weight rooms, stadiums and fields when they're choosing their schools, they also expect top-of-the-line training rooms. And coaches, strength coaches and other athletic trainers are looking for the same.

...

Feb 23, 2017

5 Ways Hospital Rehab Departments Can Improve Patient Outcomes

In an ideal world, every patient who enters rehab emerges stronger and healthier, fully healed and never returns for the same issue again. Although that’s the case for a large number of patients, some continue to struggle — despite the high level...

Feb 21, 2017

How Busy Physical Therapists Can Avoid Professional Burnout

Physical therapy is both a challenging and rewarding practice, and that’s precisely why you chose to pursue it as your career. You enjoy a good challenge, love the work you do and care deeply about the outcome of each and every patient. But this...

Feb 16, 2017

College Athletic Trainers: Boost Your Program's Reputation

Marketing and promotion hasn’t always been a top priority for college and university athletic training programs, but times are changing. Today’s prospective college athletes want top-notch training facilities and are willing to move on to the...

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How Post-Acute Care Facilities Can Drive Better Outcomes

Many hospitals are reevaluating their relationships with post-acute care facilities in light of Medicare regulations that reduce reimbursements if there are too many readmissions within 30 days of patient discharge. Facilities that can’t meet...

Feb 2, 2017

4 Things Healthcare CEOs Want Medical Product Dealers to Know

How confident are you that you could walk into the office of the CEO of one of the top healthcare organizations in your region and walk out with a sale? Sure, you’re a successful dealer with an outstanding reputation and an innate ability to ...

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3 Things You'll Find in Successful Chiropractic Clinics

It’s often the little things that convince people to choose one chiropractic clinic over another. An unpleasant conversation with a brusque receptionist, a negative online review or concerns about dated equipment can be all it takes for a patient...

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Jan 25, 2017

9 Types of Physical Therapy Modalities Explained

In addition to therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and other common treatment methods, rehabilitation specialists use a variety of modalities to reduce pain, facilitate healing and restore function. Following are nine types of physical therapy...

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4 Things Every Hospital Rehab Department Needs in 2017

As you’ve likely noticed, hospital-based rehabilitation is becoming a more and more competitive space. Given fluctuating reimbursement rates, massive health system mergers and an increasingly educated patient pool, rehab departments must work...

Jan 12, 2017

What’s the Difference Between Laser and LED Light Therapy?

For many years, the healthcare industry has used laser therapy for several applications. Healthcare professionals use lasers for a multitude of applications, including wound care, plaque ablation, the reduction of pain and inflammation and even...

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Jan 10, 2017

4 Ways Post-Acute Care Providers Can Raise Hospital Referrals

Keeping referral rates steady and healthy is particularly important in the increasingly competitive healthcare marketplace. Hospitals are under intense pressure to reduce their 30-day rehospitalization rates or face reductions in reimbursements....

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Jan 4, 2017

How to Build Relationships with Post-Acute Care Leaders

As a healthcare equipment dealer, you know relationships are everything. It takes time to build trust and earn the confidence of your contacts and, often, it can take multiple visits, emails and phone calls before you achieve a single sale. The...

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Dec 29, 2016

Physical Therapy Recruiting: How to Attract Rock Star PTs

With a 10-year projected growth rate of 34 percent, physical therapy is one of healthcare’s most in-demand fields. The APTA has also predicted that despite growing numbers of graduates, increased insurance coverage will lead to an even greater...

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Dec 7, 2016

6 Things Patients Expect from their Physical Therapist

Healthcare has become the fastest growing and largest employment sector, and physical therapy is one of the specialities leading this growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, PTs, PTAs and PT aides are all in the top 10 fastest...

Nov 2, 2016

3 Things to Remember When Buying Modality Equipment

Whether you’re overseeing a hospital department or a private clinic, your ultimate goal is to offer the best and most efficient care to as many people as possible. There are few more gratifying feelings than dedicating yourself to quality care...

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Oct 19, 2016

How Hospital Rehab Leaders Can Increase Patient Satisfaction Scores

Is improving patient satisfaction scores one of your greatest challenges? You’re not alone. In 2002, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) partnered with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop and test the...

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Oct 12, 2016

What is Light Therapy?

Light therapy has gained significant ground since it was approved by the FDA in 2002, following a study in which laser treatment alleviated severe carpal tunnel pain. Today, the modality is used to treat chronic pain, and many professionals are...

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