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December 2019

What Sets Us Apart From Contract Therapy Companies

What sets Alliance apart from contract therapy companies

By | Blog, Contract Therapy

It’s essential to understand just how much your therapy services program can contribute to your hospital. Most importantly, by starting rehabilitation as early as possible in a patient’s recovery process, they can start to heal and regain function on a more accelerated basis. For your facility, this can translate to everything from increased patient satisfaction to a decrease in costly readmissions. 

What’s more, a well-functioning inpatient therapy department can be a robust source of revenue and make your hospital more competitive in an increasingly crowded health care landscape. However, successful therapy services administration requires highly specialized knowledge resources — which is why so many hospital executives seek out a partner in the form of therapy management services. 

Alliance is more than just contract therapy 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners has been helping hospitals leverage our wealth of industry-specific knowledge and best practices for decades. Administrators who work with us can expect a true partner that offers custom-tailored solutions that scale to your needs, not a one-size-fits-all approach. 

What sets us apart from the contract therapy services field? How about:

  • Culture — Before anything else, we believe in relationship building. Both with patients and our hospital partners, we’re passionate about working to understand what makes your hospital tick so that our solutions represent true collaboration that is right for your facility. 
  • Proprietary systems — From therapy management software to proven systems of work for your staff, Alliance has the experience, knowledge and resources to streamline your department.
  • Solutions for long-term growth — We’re not about quick fixes. Working with Alliance means a strategic partner that will keep you compliant with changing regulations, inform you about new services and treatments that can help your department, and help you develop and retain a high-performing staff. 

Learn more about how we can help you 

We’re proud of the lasting relationships we’ve built with hospital leaders across the United States. Here’s what just one of our satisfied clients 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, former CEO, Mercy Hospital Grayling 

Contact our caring team today to learn more and to schedule an assessment of your therapy services program. 

Occupational Therapy Consultant

Can an occupational therapy consultant help your hospital?

By | Blog, Occupational Therapy Management

As a branch of therapy that helps patients learn and relearn some of the most essential skills needed for daily activities, occupational therapy can be a critical service offering for hospitals. This is especially true for patients who are recovering from issues like strokes as well as auto-related injuries and a whole host of other conditions. Offering inpatient occupational therapy can contribute to improving patient satisfaction, achieving positive outcomes and lowering costly readmissions for patients.  

However, for many hospitals, delivering high-quality occupational therapy on a cost-effective basis can be challenging. For smaller hospitals or any facility with limited resources, especially critical access hospitals, it can be one of the first things on the chopping block if the budget needs to be streamlined. 

How can an occupational therapy consultant help? 

This is where an occupational therapy consultant comes into the picture. By tapping into the knowledge base of an organization that is laser-focused on therapy services, hospitals can run a highly efficient program that keeps patients firmly at the center of the experience. A properly managed therapy department can be a source of revenue and a contributor to operational efficiency and patient satisfaction. An experienced occupational therapy consultant can help with this in the following ways: 

  • Recommend billing practice improvements to help ensure consistent revenue cycles
  • Implement industry-standard workflows associated with operational efficiency and improved patient satisfaction
  • Recommend systems upgrades to keep your program aligned with current standards for electronic medical records
  • Provide access to recruiting networks to help attract top talent

In addition to these areas, it’s also important to find a consultant who aligns with your hospital’s culture and values. 

Alliance — your therapy services partner

If you’re looking for an occupational therapy consultant with more than 50 years of experience in the rehabilitation field, reach out to the dedicated team at Alliance Physical Therapy Partners. Our mission is to help hospitals achieve their goals and develop a viable long-term strategy for their programs. We achieve success not just through our expertise and turnkey solutions but with a personal approach that is based on relationship building and treating partners like family. 

To learn more, contact us today. As a first step, we can help you receive an assessment of your program, including occupational therapy services, to determine how we can assist you.

What Is a Therapy Service Partner?

What is a therapy service partner?

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Therapy management service refers to working with an outside service partner that works with hospitals in several key ways. Since physical therapy is such a highly specialized field, many hospitals, especially those with limited resources, can benefit from leveraging the expertise and resources of a dedicated organization. 

Patients who are in the recovery process for any number of reasons, from surgery to auto injury, require physical therapy no matter what hospital they are admitted to. By working with a therapy service provider, facilities can leverage focused expertise that scales to a wide range of budgetary and operational needs. 

Indicators that a therapy service provider can help you

Compared to other hospital service lines, physical therapy has a unique set of workflows, regulations and billing practices, not to mention patient care methodologies. For hospital administrators, it can be challenging to manage a patient-friendly program on a cost-effective basis. 

If you’re looking to optimize in these following areas, it’s highly likely that a therapy services partner can help: 

  • Achieving regulatory compliance
  • Streamlining systems of work and billing practices
  • Strategic planning and program development
  • Improving patient satisfaction
  • Recruiting and staff development

Therapy services should be about more than outsourcing to another organization; it should be about building a functional, long-term relationship with a partner that understands your program’s needs.

Experience the Alliance difference

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners has developed lasting relationships with hospitals across the United States. With our expertise in the above areas, our proprietary systems and our dedication to patient care, we’ve been helping physical, speech and occupational therapy departments achieve their goals for decades. Don’t take our word for it; here’s what just one of our satisfied partners had to say: 

“Alliance Physical Therapy Partners have proven to be an effective partner in operating and managing the complete portfolio of the therapy services offerings for our hospital. Their unique systems of work provide an unparalleled blend of clinical expertise, technology and reproducible workflows. Our relationship has produced predictable and measurable clinical, operational and financial performance. Our employee engagement scores for Rehab Services are at the top of all of our hospital departments. These people understand the importance of a respectful work environment and practice it every day.” 

— John MacLeod, board member and former CEO, Mercy Hospital Cadillac 

To learn more and schedule an assessment of your facility’s inpatient therapy program, contact us today. 

Physical Therapy Administration and Management

Therapy management — getting the support you need

By | Blog, Contract Therapy

It’s commonly understood among hospital administrators that managing physical, speech and occupational therapy departments comes with a number of unique challenges. However, it’s important to understand the key role that delivering inpatient therapy services can play in ensuring successful patient outcomes. 

What’s more, properly managed and administered therapy departments can be easily overlooked sources of revenue. To help maximize the performance of therapy programs, many hospitals are turning to dedicated partners that specialize in working with hospitals. To help you decide if this course of action is right for your facility, it can be highly beneficial to understand the specific elements that a therapy partner can offer. 

Working with a partner to optimize your therapy management

Hospitals can find the assistance they need in these areas by working with a strategic partner: 

  • Streamlining costs — From reallocating administrative resources to reducing paperwork and minimizing claim denials, the right organization can help you operate on a leaner budget. 
  • Program development — A partner can help identify growth opportunities and service offerings that could be the right fit for your hospital, including adding new service lines and expanding specialty service offerings. 
  • Compliance strength — A therapy administration and management company can offer dedicated resources and knowledge to help you stay compliant in an always-changing regulatory environment. 
  • Staff support — Recruiting, hiring, training and developing a top-quality staff requires industry-specific expertise that can be supplied from a dedicated organization. 

If any of the above areas are opportunities for your hospital’s therapy program, it’s likely you could benefit from assistance with and therapy management services.

50 years of industry-specific experience

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners has built a network of long-lasting hospital partnerships across the United States. We’ll help you develop a winning strategy that keeps an unwavering focus on positive patient outcomes while being right-sized for your operational needs. 

If you want to learn more about what a true therapy administration and management partner can do for your hospital, contact us today. We can schedule a full assessment of your program and offerings to find out we can help.

Four Signs That a Therapy Service Provider Is a Partner

Four signs that a therapy service provider is a partner you can trust

By | Blog, Contract Therapy

If you’re a hospital executive with a stake in your facility’s therapy program, deciding whether you should be working with a dedicated, outside organization is a big decision. While being able to leverage the specialized knowledge and experience of a therapy-focused organization can be of tremendous benefit, it’s also important to make sure that you have the right partner. 

What does this mean? Ideally, a therapy partner should be someone who understands your program and will work with you to develop a long-term strategy for success. What you don’t want is a provider who is only interested in quick fixes and one-size-fits-all.

Look for these signals from a therapy service partner

As you research prospective therapy service partners, therapy partners should provide: 

  1. Clear and quick communication — Any potential therapy services partner should be able to get back to you promptly and with clear answers to your questions. Slow and vague communication early on should be seen as a warning sign.
  2. Transparency — A trustworthy partner should let you know everything they’re doing and why. In the same way that doctors should take time to explain treatments to patients, so should a therapy service organization with a client hospital.  
  3. Honesty — A partner shouldn’t tell you everything you want to hear; otherwise you wouldn’t need them in the first place. However, you also want to be able to know when something is working to avoid being oversold on a product or service. 
  4. Rapport — More than anything, if you’re comfortable and confident with the people you’re working with, it’s easier to get things done. While this quality is harder to quantify, it’s one that is always present in the most successful partnerships. 

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we’ve been building successful relationships with our partners for decades by focusing on these key traits. 

Find out what a partnership with Alliance can do for you 

We’re eager to prove to you that we can build a productive relationship that can achieve your objectives for your physical, speech and occupational therapy departments. Alliance is more than just a therapy service provider, we’re a part of the family for our many hospital partners. 

To learn more, contact us today. We’re always happy to provide a detailed assessment of your program and show you how we can help you and your patients. 

Rehabilitation Consultants for Strategic Partnership

A rehabilitation consultant can be a strategic partner for your hospital

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

As a hospital leader, when you think of a rehabilitation consultant, some of the first areas that come to mind might be functions like hiring and developing staff or helping to increase revenue through better billing practices. These are core functions to be sure, and any dedicated physical therapy consultant should be experienced in these areas. However, if you’re interested in building a long-term relationship with your consultant to help truly grow your department into one that consistently delivers exceptional patient care and streamlined operations, you need a strategic partner. 

By understanding the ways that a consultant can help you develop a winning, growth-oriented strategy for your therapy and rehabilitation services program, you can better focus your search for one that fits your needs. 

Components of a strategic rehabilitation partnership of physical, speech and occupational therapy

Here are some of the ways that a therapy consultant can help your hospital in the area of strategic development: 

  • Expansion of service offerings — By knowing what the latest advances in the field are and what has worked for similar facilities, your consultant can put this insight to work for you. 
  • Internal and external communication — In an increasingly competitive sector, getting your messaging out to patients, and even other service lines, can help your growth efforts. 
  • Staying ahead of regulatory changes — A dedicated therapy consultant has to keep their head permanently in the industry. This specialization can help you be proactive instead of reactive when there are changes in the therapy and rehabilitation field. 
  • Staff development — To stay ahead of the curve, therapists need to receive continual education and support. Consultants can bring proven methods of development to your program. 

The right therapy consultant can help you orient your department to a permanently growth-oriented posture while staying focused on delivering the care your patients deserve. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners brings 50 years of strategic experience

To find out what our therapy consultants can do for your hospital, contact us today. To get started, we’re happy to provide an assessment of your current program to identify strategic opportunities for growth. 

Therapy Department Management Consultants

Three ways a therapy management consultant can help your department

By | Blog, Contract Therapy

Physical, speech and occupational therapy departments are essential components of a fully functioning hospital. Patients who receive therapy services during a hospital stay can get ahead on their recovery process and receive several important benefits. While there are numerous operational challenges that come with administering your program, both inpatient and outpatient therapy can be an important source of revenue if managed properly. 

With that being said, physical therapy is a highly specialized service line and many hospital executives find themselves needing assistance when it comes to running a streamlined and high-performing department. This is where a therapy management consultant can be a resource for your hospital. A qualified consultant with the right background can bring a wealth of knowledge to help you develop a winning strategy for your program. 

Need help in these areas? It might be time to work with a therapy management consultant

Here are three of the common areas where a consultant can help your leadership team develop an effective strategy for your physical, speech and occupational therapy departments: 

  1. Compliance — Just like other service lines, inpatient therapy has a complex and stringent set of regulations that your department needs to comply with. A consultant allows you to leverage their specialized, industry-specific knowledge. 
  2. Proprietary systems — If your department needs systems support, a consultant can help you upgrade everything from software to workflow systems in order to ensure your therapy team is operating at peak efficiency. 
  3. Staffing — Turnover is a challenge that affects many hospital therapy departments. A management consultant should be able to bring access to top recruiting networks and help you attract the best talent.

The veteran therapy management consultants at Alliance Physical Therapy Partners have decades of experience helping numerous hospitals and hospital networks across the country in these and other areas. 

Work with a management consultant you can trust 

Are you ready to reach your department goals with a partner that understands how to help hospital leaders build high-functioning teams? Reach out to us today and we’ll be glad to schedule an assessment of your current program. 

Physical Therapy Management Services

What to look for in a physical therapy management partner

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

For hospitals of all sizes and in all parts of the country, the modern health care landscape can be demanding. If you are a hospital administrator, it can feel like every year you need to do more with less. Expanded service offerings, new compliance guidelines and constant staffing demands are the norm — all while you’re trying to increase patient satisfaction and meet ever-tightening budgetary constraints. 

For anyone who is a stakeholder in their facility’s therapy services program, a physical therapy management partner can be a tremendous asset to your efforts in meeting these challenges. By leveraging the expertise of a dedicated organization, you can help your patients achieve positive outcomes while streamlining your operations. To give your hospital the best chance of reaching its goals, it’s important to find the right partner — and to do that, you need to know what to look for. 

Tips for finding the right physical therapy management partner for you

Above all, the best physical therapy management partner is one that you can build a real relationship with. Communication is key when partnering with a therapy management organization. Here are some indicators that a prospective physical therapy management partner will be able to work with you on this level: 

  • Offers a thorough evaluation of your program
  • Has a proven track record in the industry
  • Has worked with hospitals similar to yours
  • Specializes in the therapy services field
  • Clinical and leadership support 

When determining if a potential partner is right for you and your hospital, your potential partner should take the time to understand your therapy needs. 

The Alliance Physical Therapy Partners difference

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners brings more than 50 years of industry expertise to the table. In this time, we’ve built productive and successful relationships with hospitals large and small, urban and rural, through clear, forthright communication and a commitment to understanding every facility’s unique needs. From compliance support to upgrading health information systems, we’ll only make strategic recommendations that are based on an objective audit of your current therapy service needs. Our goal is to provide customized solutions to help you meet your goals for your therapy department. 

Want to learn more? Contact us today and ask about having an evaluation of your current therapy services program performed.