More great stuff from our friends at PutMeBackTogether.com,
"I imagine more of a PT civilian superhero, dressed in khakis and a polo shirt, equipped with outcome measures, soft tissue mobilization tools, needles, the critical thinking of MacGuyver and manual healing powers rivaling Mr. Myagi."
--Paul Killoren PT, DPT on PutMeBackTogether.com
All kidding aside, what is the real state of the PT industry? Paul shares a more pragmatic analysis in his own state of the profession address, which you can read below.
One critical area not discussed in the article is the need for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists to align more closely with Care Transitions initiatives and Accountable Care models. These models, which focus on reducing readmissions, improving patient experiences, and lowering overall costs, will increasingly incfluence more therapy business in the market. Care Transitions programs and Accounable Care providers will act as "aggregators" for many services including (but not limited to) therapy. Aggregators, a term used in many other markets, refers to organizations that have the ability to influence large volumes of business. Therapy and other types of providers have traditionally called these organizations "referral sources." More than just referral sources, these organizations will become even more powerful in directing large numbers of patients to other providers with which they cooperate. They are already seeking to formalize relationships to better manage workflow and understand the "performance" of their partners. Therapy practices should align with these business models by providing exceptional service to patients, running their businesses electronically, and offering ways to make doing business with them easier.
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