Resources: Blog: Patients In Practice2021-12-06T17:47:36-05:00

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Navigating your therapy practice can be difficult. AC Health’s Blog is here to help. We are here to offer you information on the latest in patient engagement, research the business of running a clinic, and more. We not only will give you the facts, but help you understand them in today’s world where headlines are changing every day.

Top 10 Patient Engagement Apps for 2022

Rehab professionals are constantly battling to keep their patients involved and engaged in their prescribed therapy, a common source of frustration and burn-out among clinicians (link to “Stopping PT” piece). Today, we’ll consider several novel strategies to better engage patients by leveraging the technologyalready at their fingertips – their smartphones. We’ll discuss three primary categories of apps that can help boost patient engagement with their plan of care and your practice: patient education apps, home exercise program apps, and specialty apps for specific rehab populations.

Remote Therapeutic Monitoring: Your Guide for Coding Changes in 2022

CMS intends to debut five new Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RPM) codes in January 2022, allowing physical therapists and possibly other rehabilitation providers to bill for the time they spend monitoring and analyzing patient data collected from in-home medical devices. These new codes have the potential to expand telehealth and hybrid care offerings in the rehabilitation space, increasing the accessibility and convenience of rehab services for patients and maximizing revenue for outpatient practices. Learn how remote therapeutic monitoring can improve patient adherence and outcomes in your practice.

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Patient Adherence in Physical Therapy

In this feature, we’ll investigate common PT opinions on this final point of frustration. We’ll examine how current research supports some of these sentiments about why many patients don’t adhere to their therapist’s plan of care. Let’s consider four frequently cited reasons for this lack of adherence.

4 Ways Technology Must Improve Post-Pandemic Class Communication

Covid-19 accelerated the adoption of technology within the school system at large — that much is clear to everyone. What isn’t clear, however, is how well that technology managed the vital, human communication necessary for effective education in the absence of face-to-face contact. Read on for what the latest reviewed research says your next communication platform must have to jumpstart a true hybrid education solution for schools and students everywhere — without the panic of a pandemic!

Valid Reasons to Terminate a Patient from your PT Practice

Elsewhere on the blog, we’ve discussed the practical and clinical reasons to suggest that a patient should pause or stop physical therapy in 5 Reasons to Stop PT. However, we haven’t yet considered the darker side of this conversation: what happens when a patient’s behavior makes you and your colleagues feel unsafe? In this article, we’ll discuss several situations in which you may need to terminate a patient and the steps to take in this process.

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An Essential Checklist for Starting Your Cash Pay Practice

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding cash-pay, particularly in rehab spaces, and with good reason: insurance reimbursements are decreasing and therapists in private practice are increasingly forced to see more patients in less time to compensate for these cuts. The stress of increasing patient loads has many providers across all realms of healthcare feeling burnt-out and dissatisfied at work. Many are now considering the cash model of practice as a way to treat their patients in a more holistic fashion without breaking the bank.

How to Reduce Cancellations & No-Shows in Your Clinic

There’s nothing like an hour-long gap in the middle of your morning to completely throw off your flow. While no-shows and cancellations are annoying for providers, these missed appointments also have larger impacts on the clinic’s bottom line and the healthcare system as a whole. In this article, we’ll discuss the cost of cancels and no-shows to providers, patients, and the healthcare system and how to improve patient attendance.

New Telehealth Research: Best Use Cases and Current Limitations [2021]

The increased use of tele-health services during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to an explosion of research on the topic, with some providers, including rehabilitation professionals, questioning its efficacy and feasibility. (1) Today, we’ll delve into the currently available research to consider what telehealth in 2021 can and can’t do for providers and patients in the rehab realm.

How to Integrate Medtech With Human Touch for the Best Patient Experience

As the world around us becomes increasingly influenced by and reliant on technology, it’s only natural to seeing this influence extending into healthcare. Medtech can (and does!) improve patient outcomes, reduce human error, and improve overall efficiency. However, many patients remain skeptical of the idea of relinquishing control of their care to a robot or an impersonal medtech device, even if it is more accurate and better performing than a human provider.

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6 Ways Missed Patient Appointments Cost You More Than Money

We can all agree that missed patient appointments definitely cost every healthcare practice a ton of money. But, the impact of missed patient appointments doesn’t stop at the immediate loss of revenue. In fact, here are six more ways in which missed patients appointments are slowly but surely destroying your practice’s bottom line — including half a month of your time, decreased morale and productivity, and an increased risk of permanent patient drop-off.

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