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July 2019

Being a Successful Physical Therapy Manager

Being a successful physical therapy manager

By | Blog, Contract Therapy, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Many clinicians can find themselves thrown into the role of being a physical therapy and rehabilitation manager even if they don’t have a business or management background. As so many facilities, especially critical access hospitals, find themselves doing more with less, therapy services can sometimes fall by the wayside. However, timely therapy interventions can be highly associated with successful patient outcomes and positive patient experiences. 

What’s more, successful physical therapy managers can also see their programs become a significant revenue stream for their facility and contribute to strategic growth. If you’re looking to achieve this, we’re sharing the following guide to the qualities that are found in many top therapy program leaders. 

What traits do successful physical therapy managers share? 

Physical therapy and rehabilitation units do have many unique operational needs, but they should also be focusing on the same care fundamentals as other service lines and interfacing with them smoothly. To balance all of this, any physical therapy manager should keep the following priorities in mind:

  • Patient advocacy and always keeping the patient’s best interest at the center of any interactions
  • Clear communication with other medical personnel and departments to ensure continuity of care
  • Operational expertise and deep knowledge of best practices for regulatory compliance and reimbursement for payers
  • Understanding of proper staffing levels and how to recruit therapists with the right mix of experience and patient focus

The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone if you’re a physical therapy manager who is challenged to meet these goals. Many of the most successful leaders have a partner in the form of contract therapy providers who can help address some or all of the opportunities in the above areas. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners can help you find management success   

For decades, Alliance has been helping hospitals across the United States manage their therapy programs for better patient care, more efficient operations and strong strategic growth. We believe in building strong and lasting partnerships with each facility we work with, not taking a one-size-fits-all approach to contract therapy. With our recruiting network, proprietary therapy software, compliance support and marketing services, we can custom-build a solution that fits nearly any budget and scale. 

To learn more and receive an assessment of your current program and opportunities for growth, contact our dedicated team today. 

Physical Therapy Administration and Management

Improving physical therapy administration and management

By | Blog, Contract Therapy

Health care leadership is under more pressure than ever before to deliver higher levels of patient care on seemingly ever-tightening budgets. Hospitals that are facing challenges administering core service lines can find particular difficulties in successfully managing a physical therapy unit. With unique practices, training, regulations and documentation requirements, health care managers can easily find themselves lacking the specialized knowledge and resources required to have an efficient program that meets the needs of patients while remaining cost effective. 

Fortunately, there are effective solutions to these hurdles, including working with a contract therapy services provider. We’re sharing the following guide to highlight some of the specific problems that hospital therapy programs face and how a contract services provider can help with physical therapy administration and management.  

Challenges facing hospital physical therapy programs

If you are a hospital administrator who has any oversight over a physical therapy program, you have probably dealt with some or all of the following challenges:

  • Recruiting and staffing — It can be hard to hire and retain qualified talent, particularly if your hospital is a smaller or critical access facility in a rural area.
  • Performance management — Hospital managers can struggle to supervise therapists and keep them up to date with the latest practices, particularly if leadership doesn’t have a physical therapy and rehabilitation background. 
  • Compliance — Similarly, therapy has unique regulatory and documentation requirements that can take valuable time and resources to stay on top of. 
  • Marketing — Making patients, and even your own staff, aware of the physical therapy services you offer is yet another challenge that hospital leaders face. 

Proper physical therapy administration and management can help overcome these challenges and turn your program into a contributor both in terms of patient satisfaction and revenue. With the right partner, not only can your therapy unit be an efficient part of your facility, but it can also be growth oriented and help you achieve your strategic goals. 

How Alliance can help with physical therapy administration and management

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners provides contract services that hospitals of any size, location and budget can leverage to build or improve their therapy program. We can give you access to top therapy talent, strategic planning support, turnkey compliance and documentation solutions, and marketing expertise. Alliance is also proud to provide proprietary performance management software that interfaces with all major health information systems and provides real-time analytics for process improvement.

To learn more about how we can help with your physical therapy management needs, contact our team today. We can provide an assessment of your current program and identify performance opportunities.

5 Things to Look for in Physical Therapy Consultant

Five things to look for in a physical therapy consultant

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Hospitals can use physical therapy consultants to analyze their therapy programs and make strategic recommendations for more efficient operations and better patient experience. Many hospital leaders, especially in smaller and more remotely located facilities, face challenges managing physical therapy departments due to the specialized knowledge and needs required of them. With growing competition from outside therapy providers, many hospitals can start to question the degree they are able to provide these services on a cost-effective basis. 

However, any clinician will tell you that the sooner physical therapy can be started after sustaining an injury or recovering from surgery, the better. Timely intervention can result in better patient outcomes and a lower rate of costly readmissions. For hospitals looking to achieve these results, physical therapy consultants can help leaders make the necessary improvements to their service offerings. 

What are the most important qualities a physical therapy consultant should have? 

It’s important to choose a physical therapy consultant who not only has the right credentials, but who can also build a productive relationship with your facility. While some of these qualities are intangible, many more of them are objective, including: 

  1. Experience — A consultant with a long record of successful experience in the industry has seen a wider variety of situations and can be more likely to know how to solve your particular problems. 
  2. Operational expertise — Physical therapy consultants should work with an organization that focuses exclusively on therapy services to ensure they have the focused expertise that your department requires. 
  3. Communication skills — Experience and expertise can only take you so far. Your consultant needs to be able to effectively interact with your leadership and medical staff in order to truly help your facility. 
  4. Reputation — What do other hospitals that have worked with this consultant have to say? Do your research and try to find a good sampling of feedback regarding any prospective physical therapy consultants and their organization. 
  5. Solutions — It’s critical for a consultant to identify any opportunities for improvement and development in your physical therapy program, but to capitalize on this information you also need to be able to make the needed changes. Is your physical therapy consultant able to offer turnkey solutions to help you reach your goals?

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners are the consultants you can trust

Our physical therapy consultants are backed by more than 50 years of experience in the therapy services industry. We also understand how important it is to build a strong relationship. This is why we work to develop a deep understanding of the individual needs of all of our hospital partners and offer effective solutions. Alliance can help you properly staff, streamline and grow your therapy department into a profitable unit that more importantly keeps patients and their well-being as the absolute focus of care. 

To learn more, contact us today. Our consultants can provide a full assessment of your program to determine how we can help.

Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Can physical therapy consulting services help your hospital?

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

In the modern health care landscape, hospital administrators are more challenged than ever before. With rising costs, growing patient populations, changing regulations and new treatment offerings, it can be difficult enough managing primary service lines, let alone more specialized areas like physical therapy.

This is where a physical therapy consulting service can help. Consultants working with a contract therapy service can provide hospitals with knowledge and expertise that only a highly specialized physical therapy organization can provide. By implementing recommended changes, hospitals can better provide the physical therapy services that patients deserve on a scale that fits their budget, size and location. 

How do physical therapy consultants work with hospitals? 

When a physical therapy consultant works with a hospital, the first step is typically to assess the performance of the current program. During this assessment, the following areas are usually analyzed so recommendations can be made: 

  • Recruiting practices
  • Staffing levels
  • Efficiency of service and documentation 
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Communication and interfacing with other service lines
  • Strategic planning and awareness
  • Billing and reimbursement with payers 
  • Internal and external marketing opportunities 

From there, the consultant can make strategic recommendations on how to streamline, improve or implement new processes. Physical therapy consultants will typically work with a contract therapy service that can offer turnkey solutions to the opportunities highlighted and will continue to work with the hospital to ensure successful implementation. Working with the right contract therapy service and consultant can help facilities better help patients, increase revenue, expand services and have a growth-oriented plan for the future.

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners offers expert consulting services

We are industry-leading physical therapy experts with more than 50 years of focused experience in this field. Our consultants understand the unique requirements that therapy units in hospitals face and work to identify the opportunities that can best help your program. Alliance can offer custom-tailored solutions that fit your needs and budget, including proprietary performance management software that interfaces with all major health information systems. 

We would be happy to assess your current needs to determine how our consultants can help. Contact us to learn more.

What Is Contract Therapy?

What is contract therapy?

By | Blog, Contract Therapy, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Whether it’s delivering physical therapy to a person recovering from an auto injury, occupational therapy in the aftermath of a stroke or post-surgical rehabilitation after a major operation, hospitals are expected to deliver a wide range of therapy services to patients under their care. While there are challenges to managing therapy programs, it is a critical part of patient care. Delivering effective physical therapy and rehabilitation can help improve patient satisfaction and lower the likelihood of costly readmissions. 

Contract therapy can help hospitals overcome the administrative challenges associated with overseeing an in-house therapy unit. Dedicated contract therapy providers are organizations that can provide outsourced services that fit the scale and budget of any sized hospital. 

Why do hospitals use contract therapy? 

Therapy services have unique administrative and logistical needs compared to other hospital service lines. Hospital leaders, especially in smaller and more remotely located facilities, are often challenged to properly manage these departments. By working with a contract therapy service, these hospitals can leverage the following:

  • Industry expertise
  • Access to recruiting resources
  • Established systems of work
  • Streamlined documentation and billing systems
  • Strategic guidance for new service offerings

Through finding the right contract therapy provider, hospitals can provide a better patient experience while streamlining costs and maximizing revenue streams. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners is an industry leader in contract therapy  

Alliance and our team of contract therapy experts bring more than 50 years of experience to better serve our hospital partners across the United States. We offer turnkey solutions designed to streamline and improve your therapy programs, including proprietary performance management software that interfaces with all major EMR systems. This application is designed to increase efficiency with documentation, decrease denials and improve productivity while producing real-time reporting metrics for detailed analysis. 

You will also have access to a recruiting network of top therapy talent and strategic planning consultants who can help you develop innovative ways to grow your market share and add the latest therapy services. Alliance is passionate about being a collaborative partner with each hospital that joins our team, and it is our goal to build strong, lasting relationships that keep patients at the absolute center of care. 

To learn more, contact Alliance today. Our team is happy to provide an assessment of your current program so we can better determine the right services for your needs.

What Is a Therapy Management Corporation?

What is a therapy management corporation?

By | Blog, Contract Therapy, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

To help provide patients with the therapy and rehabilitation services they need during a hospital stay, hospital administrators can turn to a therapy management corporation. This is any incorporated business that is dedicated to providing outsourced therapy management services. 

Hospital leadership knows that while physical therapy, rehabilitation and other therapy services are absolutely critical to positive outcomes and patient satisfaction, there are many obstacles to effectively managing these programs. By turning to an organization with a highly specialized focus, hospitals can leverage the operational knowledge and resources of a therapy management corporation to better serve patients while staying within budgetary constraints. 

How can a therapy management corporation improve your therapy programs?

Hospitals of all sizes, particularly smaller critical access facilities in rural areas, often have difficulties maintaining their program. This includes meeting required staffing levels, keeping up with the latest developments in service offerings, staying compliant with regulations and many other nuances required of a physical therapy program. Therapy management corporations can help overcome these hurdles with services that include:

  • Recruiting 
  • Staffing support
  • Strategic planning
  • Marketing 
  • Compliance support

 In today’s ever-changing and rapidly growing health care field, hospitals can benefit more than ever before from a partnership with an industry expert in this specialized sector. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners 

For a therapy management corporation that can build a lasting, growth-oriented partnership for your facility, turn to Alliance Physical Therapy Partners. We can bring successful and tested workflow systems, proprietary software programs, a high-quality recruiting network and strategic expertise to work for you. Hospitals that join us can expect a partner who will be with them every step of the way in building a successful therapy program that always keeps patients at the center of care where they belong. 

You don’t have to take our word for it either; here’s what just one of our satisfied hospital partners had to say: 

“Alliance Physical Therapy Partners has been our rehab provider for over 25 years. During that time, our program has seen exceptional growth, good cost management, and excellent leadership. Alliance’s service is priceless when it comes to quality and the added value they bring to our program. Alliance is committed to the success of our rehab program.”

— Stephanie Riemer-Matusak, CEO, Mercy Hospital Grayling

Contact us today to learn more. We’re glad to perform an assessment of your current therapy services to better assist you. 

Learn how working with a contract physical therapy company can help your hospital achieve efficiency in this critical sector.

Find efficiency with a physical therapy contracting company

By | Blog, Contract Therapy, Occupational Therapy Management

Running a physical therapy unit efficiently is a challenge that many hospitals face today. During a hospital stay, patients can require physical therapy and rehabilitation services for a wide range of reasons, from traumatic injury to recovering from a surgery. And receiving this care in a timely manner can have a positive effect on patient outcomes and experience. However, due to the specialized management needs that therapy departments typically have, hospital leaders can feel pressure delivering the right level of care on a cost-effective basis. 

This is why more and more hospitals are turning to physical therapy contracting companies to achieve efficiency in this important sector. The following information can help you determine if working with a contract provider is the right choice for achieving your operational and patient care goals for your therapy programs. 

How contract physical therapy can help achieve efficiency 

Here are the services a physical therapy contracting company can offer to help streamline operations for hospitals: 

  • Reduced labor costs — Contract therapy creates opportunity to reduce other administrative positions and improve the productivity of your staff. 
  • Performance management — Physical therapy programs can often benefit from the dedicated expertise of a contract provider who can help implement workflow systems that help therapists deliver efficient care and better focus on patient needs. 
  • Compliance and documentation — Physical therapy contracting companies can help hospitals better document services and stay compliant with regulatory updates. 

When seeking a physical therapy contract provider, it’s important to find a partner who can offer a collaborative relationship and provide services at the right scale for your facility. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners offers streamlined and efficient contract services

At Alliance, we bring over 50 years of experience in the physical therapy field to the table. This means decades of collective expertise and proven systems that help hospitals large and small achieve efficiency without sacrificing exceptional patient care. From implementing our proprietary physical therapy EMR software to sharing access to a top-tier recruiting network, our team can create a custom-designed solution to your hospital’s therapy needs. 

Contact us today to learn more. We’re happy to provide an assessment of your current programs and physical therapy needs to better determine how we can help. 

A Guide to Contract Therapy Providers

A guide to contract therapy providers

By | Blog, Contract Therapy

Contract therapy refers to the outsourcing of therapy and rehabilitation services to a third party on a contract basis. By working with a company that is dedicated to this sector of health care, hospitals can gain resources, experience and expertise that they may not otherwise have had access to. Contract therapy providers can deliver a wide range of services to hospitals of all sizes and geographic locations at a scale that can match budgetary and operational requirements. 

Working with the right contract therapy provider can help your facility improve patient outcomes and satisfaction while meeting compliance and reimbursement goals. To help you determine if contract services are right for you, and better understand what they can offer, we’ve prepared the following guide.  

What specific services can a contract therapy provider offer your hospital?

Hospitals that work with a contract therapy service typically receive assistance and support in the following areas: 

  • Recruiting and hiring — A dedicated therapy and rehabilitation provider will have access to personnel networks that can help bring in top talent. 
  • Performance management — Therapy and rehabilitation units often have unique operational needs that hospital administration can have trouble coaching and developing. Contract therapy providers have the specialized skills and workflow systems to streamline and improve service. 
  • Compliance support — A contract service has the resources to stay abreast of the latest regulatory changes and billing practices to ensure proper documentation and reimbursement of the services being performed in your facility. 
  • Strategic planning and marketing — The industry expertise of a contract therapy provider means they can provide recommendations for expanded services and marketing to keep your therapy program growth oriented. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners is a contract therapy provider you can trust

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners is proud to offer our services to a growing number of hospitals across the United States. For decades, we’ve been putting our leadership and experience in the therapy field to work for hospitals looking to provide patients the care they need. We can help your facility attract, retain and develop top talent and implement proven workflow systems designed to increase operational efficiency and revenue. 

To learn more about how we can help you achieve your therapy service goals, contact us today. We can perform an assessment of your current program and your potential service needs.

Three Signs You Need Contract Physical Therapy

Three signs your hospital needs contract physical therapy

By | Blog, Contract Therapy

Modern hospitals face an increasingly large number of challenges in meeting the needs of patients while staying within budgetary and administrative constraints. Despite how important it is, physical therapy is a particularly difficult service for hospitals to deliver to patients. This is because physical therapy units have unique staffing, compliance and performance management needs. 

Contract physical therapy can help hospitals overcome these obstacles to deliver the therapy and rehabilitation services that patients deserve on a cost-effective basis. By leveraging the resources and expertise of an organization that is dedicated to physical therapy, hospitals can provide a better quality of care that is scaled to their operational requirements. 

If you’re a hospital leader trying to determine if contract physical therapy can work for your facility, we’re sharing this guide to the common signs that many of the facilities who can benefit from this service have in common. 

Here are three indicators that contract physical therapy can help your facility

If one or more of the following apply to your hospital, there’s a good chance that contract physical therapy can help you meet your needs: 

  1. You are a critical access facility — Smaller hospitals serving rural areas are among the most budgetarily challenged facilities in the country. Yet the patients they serve deserve the same level of care as larger and more well-funded hospitals. By using contract services, critical access facilities can provide a high-quality therapy service. 
  2. You have difficulty meeting staffing levels — Finding qualified physical therapists can be a major hurdle in an increasingly competitive job market. Contract physical therapy can offer recruiting assistance and access to top talent. 
  3. You have compliance and documentation challenges — The busier your hospital gets, the harder it is to find the time to stay up to date with regulations and to properly document the services being delivered. Contract therapy services can offer assistance with proven systems of work that can increase compliance and help with reimbursements from payers. 

Finding a contract physical therapy partner who is right for you

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners is a contract therapy provider with decades of experience in this field. Working with us means receiving a comprehensive suite of services, including staffing support, performance management, proprietary EMR systems and strategic planning. Instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach for contract physical therapy, we believe in building true partnerships and designing custom-built solutions to help your hospital achieve its patient care goals while staying within your budgetary constraints. 

If you’d like to learn more and receive an assessment of your current therapy services, please contact us today.