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June 2020

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What to expect when your hospital partners with a physical therapy service provider

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Hospitals turn to physical therapy service providers to help manage their therapy programs and stay within operational and budgetary constraints. A properly run and patient-focused physical therapy program can be a positive contributor to your hospital and, more importantly, lead to improved outcomes for the people under your care. The right physical therapy partner can work with you to overcome some of the most common challenges faced by hospital leaders and reach your strategic goals. 

If you’re looking to understand what a hospital partner can do to help your program, read on to learn more. 

A physical therapy provider can help you achieve these key goals

After a thorough assessment of your hospital’s physical therapy department, an experienced partner can help you develop an action plan to achieve the following goals: 

  • Increase patient satisfaction— By removing inefficiencies and focusing on care, your patients can receive a higher level of treatment that promotes their long-term health and functioning. 
  • Improve compliance — Industry regulations change frequently, and a dedicated physical therapy organization has the personnel and resources to help your department stay compliant. 
  • Streamline workflows — Better systems can mean decreased recruiting costs, smoother patient interactions and fewer billing errors. 
  • Increase revenue — Taking steps such as upgrading software combined with greater efficiency can help your hospital increase its reimbursement rate from payers. 
  • Attract and retain the right talent — By gaining access to talent networks and refining recruiting and training programs, you can build a team geared toward long-term success. 

The right solutions vary from hospital to hospital, but physical therapy partners can typically take steps such as expanding service offerings, implementing more efficient workflows, upgrading systems, and optimizing recruiting and staff development practices. Since every program is different and faces different challenges, it’s so important to find a physical therapy service provider you can build a strong relationship with. At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we’re committed to treating our partners like family through clear communication and transparent solutions. 

Reach out to our friendly experts today

Alliance is confident that we have the knowledge and resources that your hospital’s physical therapy program can leverage for success. We’re happy to help you schedule an assessment with one of our consultants to identify the biggest areas of focus for your program. Contact us today to learn more.

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Need help improving your hospital’s physical therapy services? A consultant can help

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Physical therapy is a key part of the patient experience for so many people during a hospital stay. From post-operative recovery to injury rehabilitation, working with a qualified physical therapist gives patients an early opportunity to begin to regain function and mobility. Timely physical therapy is even associated with a decrease in hospital readmissions, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. However, as many hospital administrators are keenly aware, managing a truly patient-centric therapy program on a cost-effective basis can be very difficult. 

No matter the size of your hospital or your budget, a physical therapy consultant is a highly effective solution for improving the quality of your program. By learning about the specific ways a consultant can help identify your biggest opportunities and initiate an action plan, you can make an informed decision about choosing the right one for your hospital. 

A physical therapy consultant can assess your physical therapy service level and offer workable solutions

The first step in working with any consultant should be a thorough fact-finding assessment to determine what is working and what can be improved on in your hospital’s therapy services program. Typically, physical therapy consultants will look at the following areas during an evaluation: 

  • Workflow processes and systems — By leveraging the experience and skills of a consultant, your hospital can improve performance by identifying outdated software and systems of work that are reducing your team’s efficiency.
  • Regulatory compliance — Compliance issues can result in costly fines and missed reimbursement opportunities. A qualified consultant should have a deep understanding of how to help any hospital stay compliant with changing regulations. 
  • Service offerings — Expanding services and offering the latest practices gives your department the opportunity to help more people and improve outcomes. 
  • Strategic development — From planning for the future to better internal communication to external marketing, a consultant can help you find the best strategic opportunities for your hospital.
  • Hiring and training practices — It ultimately comes down to having a great team. Physical therapy consultants can identify ways to attract top talent and how to focus on development to increase retention and decrease turnover. 

Alliance brings 50 years of experience to the table

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners can offer hospitals the highest level of physical therapy consulting to help improve your hospital’s services. We’ve built our reputation on treating our hospital partners like family and providing custom-tailored solutions that scale to any budget. 

Want to find out how we can help? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to schedule an in-depth assessment of your program by one of our expert physical therapy consultants. 

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Three mistakes hospitals make with physical therapy programs

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Running a physical therapy program can be challenging for any hospital executive. Common hurdles include attracting and retaining qualified therapists, staying compliant with regulatory requirements, keeping up with advances in the field and upgrading legacy systems, just to name a few. These challenges can be particularly amplified with smaller hospitals, rural hospitals and hospitals with limited budgets. 

No matter what the situation, though, patients deserve the same level of care no matter what hospital they are admitted to. And physical therapy is an essential part of the treatment and recovery process for so many conditions. Therapy is absolutely critical to helping people heal and regain basic mobility, which can contribute to positive outcomes and long-term health. Fortunately with some help, it’s possible for any hospital executive to build a high-performing physical therapy department that benefits your patients and hospital alike. 

Avoiding these common mistakes is a great foundation for your hospital’s physical therapy program

If you’re looking to improve the overall quality of your hospital’s physical therapy program, here are some pitfalls to avoid: 

  1. Not upgrading systems — Outdated software and processes can be a drain on your productivity and, more importantly, your ability to deliver exceptional patient care. By upgrading and streamlining your department, you can truly do more with less. 
  2. Not focusing on staff retention — Turnover is a fact of life in the health care field, and every field for that matter, but it can cost your hospital in the long run. By attracting the right talent in the first place and focusing on their long-term development, you can ensure continuity in your physical therapy department. 
  3. Not planning for the future — Physical therapy is always changing, and the most successful departments have plans in place to expand service offerings and keep up with the latest developments. While it can seem difficult to even be ready for the next day — let alone the next year — if you don’t stay ahead of the curve, you run the risk of not being able to provide the care your patients expect. 

Avoiding these mistakes can help you not only increase patient satisfaction, but also streamline productivity to help your hospital achieve its operational goals. Choosing an experienced and proven hospital physical therapy partner is an effective option for optimizing your program on a cost-effective basis. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners can help you avoid common therapy department mistakes

From upgrading your systems with industry standard workflows and state-of-the-art management software to attracting the top talent, Alliance has the physical therapy expertise and knowledge you need. For decades, we’ve been helping hospitals build winning physical therapy departments by building long-term relationships built on trust, respect and solid communication. Start your journey with us by contacting our team today to schedule a thorough assessment of your program needs.

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Four reasons it’s important to provide excellent inpatient rehab at your hospital

By | Blog, Contract Therapy

Today, patients have more options than ever before for physical therapy and rehab, including specialized inpatient facilities and outpatient clinics. This means as a hospital leader, it can be increasingly challenging to run a high-performing inpatient physical therapy and rehab program in this competitive environment.

However, excellent inpatient physical therapy provides numerous benefits for both your patients and hospital. This is why so many successful inpatient hospital programs partner with a dedicated organization that supports them with knowledge and resources they need. The right physical therapy and rehab partner can help your hospital deliver the care your patients need.

How inpatient physical therapy and rehab helps your patients and hospital

To help clarify exactly why your hospital’s inpatient physical therapy program is so important, here are four big benefits that the right partner can help you achieve:

  1. It helps the early recovery process — Whether it’s post-surgical rehab or recovering from a stroke, the sooner that patients can begin to regain function and mobility, the better. 
  2. It can increase patient satisfaction Studies show that patients who receive physical therapy are satisfied with their care and outcomes. 
  3. It can lower costly readmissions — In the current regulatory climate, readmissions can be costly for your hospital. There is evidence that physical therapy and rehabilitation can help hospitals lower their readmission rate. 
  4. It can be a positive contributor to your bottom line — An efficiently run physical therapy and rehab department can lead to increased reimbursements and decreased overhead, becoming a positive contributor to your hospital.

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners takes a highly collaborative approach to working with hospitals to deliver exceptional inpatient therapy and rehab that scales to any size hospital and budget. 

A physical therapy and rehabilitation partner you can trust

Alliance has more than 50 years of industry experience that we’re proud to bring to the table. Our approach is built on delivering the highest level of patient care that helps hospital partners get the full benefits that excellent inpatient rehab can offer. Ready to take your program to the next level? Contact us today and schedule an in-depth assessment with our experts. 

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Improving patient satisfaction with a physical therapy partner

By | Blog, Contract Therapy, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

For modern hospitals, patient satisfaction plays a more important role than ever before. Aside from the obvious need to ensure that patients are at the center of the care process and are truly satisfied with their treatment, patient satisfaction ratings are also becoming increasingly important in today’s regulatory and reimbursement environment. Hospital leaders looking to increase patient satisfaction should see measures taken to improve the patient experience as an investment just as much as it is a core part of good health care. 

Having a strong physical therapy program is a key part of improving patient experience. A skilled, experienced and patient-focused therapy team helps promote healing and the restoration of basic functions as early as possible in the treatment process. If you’re a hospital leader who is looking to improve your patient experience, a physical therapy partner can help optimize your program and better position your hospital to improve patient satisfaction. 

How working with a dedicated partner increases patient satisfaction

The right partner can help you take the following steps to improve your hospital’s physical therapy department to the benefit of your patients: 

  • Expand your service offerings — Patients who receive the latest forms of physical therapy can have a better chance of a swift and lasting recovery. A partner can help you expand your treatment offerings to help a wider range of patients. 
  • Work more efficiently — Streamlining your team’s workflow helps you deliver care to more patients and shows that you respect their time and need for treatment. 
  • Increase learning and development — From patient care improvement modules to regulatory compliance, a partner can help ensure that your team is fully trained and patient focused. 
  • Attract the best talent — The right physical therapy partner can help you gain access to top talent networks and build a high-performing team that delivers long-term patient satisfaction. 

When your hospital joins with Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, you can expect an unparalleled commitment to patient satisfaction and a fully custom-tailored plan designed to reach your goals. 

Reach out to the physical therapy patient satisfaction experts today

The experts at Alliance will work with you to identify your hospital’s biggest opportunities to optimize your physical therapy program for higher patient satisfaction. We’re proud of our decades of proven success and long-term relationships with a growing network of hospitals. Contact us today to schedule an assessment with one of our consultants.

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How a physical therapy partner can save money for your hospital

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

It seems like budgets get tighter every year, yet hospitals are expected to help more people and provide a broader array of service than ever before. If you’re a hospital executive, trying to do more with less is the ongoing order of the day. Due to the specialized nature of the field, physical therapy departments can be particularly challenging to manage on a cost-effective basis. 

Yet from lowering hospital readmission rates to improving patient satisfaction, there is ample evidence that providing physical therapy as early as possible in the treatment process is beneficial. The good news is that it is possible to provide high-quality physical therapy while staying within the operational and budgetary constraints of your hospital. One of the ways that many hospitals are able to save money is by working with a dedicated physical therapy management organization. 

Cost-effective physical therapy practices 

By leveraging the operational knowledge, dedicated resources and industry-specific experience of an organization that is fully focused on physical therapy, your hospital can save money in the following ways: 

  • Increased revenue — From higher reimbursements due to reduced billing errors to getting more done by improving efficiency, the right partner can help you put systems in place to meet and exceed your revenue goals. 
  • Decreased expenses — A physical therapy partner can help you decrease administrative costs and reduce the likelihood of costly errors, more than making it a worthy investment. 
  • Compliance support — Industry regulations are always changing, and not keeping up can put you at risk of fines and denied claims from payers. With the help of physical therapy compliance specialists, you can stay on top of the latest updates while devoting significantly less resources. 

With proprietary physical therapy management software, a highly experienced compliance team and workflow systems that have been successfully implemented in hospitals across the country, Alliance Physical Therapy Partners can help your physical therapy program become cost effective. 

Experience the Alliance difference

We help our partners meet their budgetary and operational goals while keeping the focus squarely on exceptional patient care. Alliance understands that each hospital has unique needs, which is why we work closely with you to develop a plan that is scaled to your needs and patients. 

To learn more, contact us today. We’ll be happy to provide a full assessment of your current program to better determine your needs.

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Three reasons your hospital should go with an occupational therapy partner

By | Blog, Occupational Therapy Management

In hospital settings, occupational therapists play an absolutely essential role in the rehabilitation and recovery process. For a wide range of conditions, from traumatic injury to stroke to orthopedic surgery, occupational therapy helps patients start to regain function and learn or relearn the skills necessary for daily living. The sooner that patients can receive this type of care the better, which is why according to the American Occupational Therapy Association, occupational therapy is associated with reduced hospital readmissions

However, occupational therapy is also a highly specialized field that requires expertise and resources for proper management. In many situations, hospital leaders can face significant hurdles to administering a program on a cost-effective basis. To help, hospitals can turn to a dedicated organization with a deep understanding of how to manage occupational therapy in a hospital setting. 

How can an occupational therapy partner help your hospital deliver exceptional care? 

Here are the primary benefits that hospital occupational therapy programs can enjoy from working with a high-quality partner organization:

  1. A better patient experience — The right occupational therapy partner should be as patient focused as your hospital is. From helping you attract the right qualified talent to training and development that helps patient recovery and long-term health, you can get the support and resources you need. 
  2. Compliance support — Like other service lines, occupational therapy has a complex and unique set of regulations that can result in lost revenue and fines if they are not adhered to. An occupational therapy partner should have the operational knowledge to help you stay fully compliant. 
  3. Proven systems of work — The most successful hospital occupational therapy programs have workflows in place that maximize the time of your staff so they can focus on delivering the care your patients need. Efficient workflow also means reduced charting and billing errors, helping you increase revenue and decrease risk exposure. 

Your experienced partner in occupational therapy management

For decades, Alliance Physical Therapy Partners has been helping hospitals across the United States streamline physical, occupational and speech therapy services while maximizing patient experience. We believe in clear communication and treating our partners like family so we can all grow together. We’ll be happy to schedule an assessment of your hospital’s occupational therapy program so we can better identify how we can help you. Contact us today to learn more.

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How a physical therapy partner can help improve your hospital’s rating

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

In today’s health care landscape, hospital ratings are more important than ever before. There are many different ways a hospital can be rated and many organizations that do the ratings, from private insurance companies to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A high rating can lead to more patients coming to your hospital, help you attract better talent and increase reimbursements from payers. 

Among the many contributors necessary for a high rating is a quality physical therapy program. While it may be easy to overlook, key ranking factors such as patient experience and a low readmission rate can be directly impacted by effective physical therapy. That’s why for hospital leaders who are looking to optimize their rating, a physical therapy partner can be an enormous asset.

What is a physical therapy partner and how can they help?

A physical therapy partner is an organization with dedicated knowledge and experience in the physical therapy field. Where many hospitals may not have the specialized knowledge needed to efficiently manage a physical therapy program, these organizations can work with you to leverage resources and expertise on a level that scales to any size hospital. 

Here are just a few of the specific ways a hospital partner can help your hospital improve its rating: 

  • Streamline workflows to provide timely, patient-centric care
  • Provide compliance support to stay in line with industry regulations
  • Implement learning and development programs to promote patient safety and learn the latest best practices
  • Attract and recruit top talent with the right approach to patient care

A physical therapy department firing on all cylinders is an essential part of any high-rated hospital, and the Alliance Physical Therapy Partners team brings more than 50 years of experience to the table for any leader looking to build an effective program. 

Start your action plan with a detailed evaluation 

To identify the key areas of improvement for your hospital’s physical therapy department, contact us today. We’ll be glad to schedule an in-depth evaluation for your program and help you create an action plan to improve your hospital’s rating. 

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A partner for your hospital’s physical therapy and rehabilitation services

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

As a hospital leader, you’re undoubtedly well aware of the difficulties that so often come with administering a physical therapy and rehabilitation program. Staying compliant with ever-changing regulations, keeping up with the latest advances in the field, and recruiting and retaining a high-performing team all require specialized knowledge and dedicated resources. With hospital budgets seeming to get tighter every year, it can feel particularly challenging to provide the care patients need on a cost-effective basis. 

Yet hospital rehab is an extremely important service line that helps patients recover from any number of injuries and conditions. Numerous studies have demonstrated that patients who receive physical therapy can benefit from stronger muscles, improved range of motion and increased blood flow that can all promote a faster recovery and improve long-term health. Receiving rehab in the hospital setting means patients can start to see these gains earlier in the recovery process. 

How a physical therapy and rehab partner can help your hospital

For hospitals that recognize the importance of high-quality physical therapy and rehabilitation, but face hurdles to managing their programs on an efficient basis, the right partner can be a critical ally. By leveraging the experience, concentrated expertise and resources of a dedicated physical therapy and rehab organization, hospitals can get the support they need for their therapy departments. This includes the following areas: 

  • Compliance support —Staying on top of the latest changes in the regulatory environment for physical therapy requires access to experienced professionals who can help you avoid penalties and increase reimbursements.
  • Strategic planning —By assessing your current offerings and patient population, a partner organization can help you expand your services to help more people receive the latest treatments. 
  • Recruiting and staff development — From access to top talent networks to implementing training programs, the right partner can help you build a high-performing team built for long-term success. 

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we’ve been building decades-long relationships with hospitals across the country as we work to develop successful physical therapy and rehabilitation programs. We can help you improve patient experience, lower costs and increase revenue to make your physical therapy department a positive net contributor to your hospital. 

Reach out to learn more

Want to find out how Alliance can help you? Contact us today and schedule a comprehensive assessment of your current program with our experts. 

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Partnering with experience for your hospital’s physical therapy services

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Hospital patients need physical therapy. Whether a person is recovering from major surgery, traumatic injury, or a condition such as a stroke or heart attack, physical therapy helps patients start to heal and regain basic function. Delivering physical therapy while a patient is still under hospital care means starting this process as early as possible in the recovery phase. 

In fact, according to the American Physical Therapy Association, there is strong evidence that physical therapists play a key role in reducing costly hospital readmissions. What is just as true, however, is that there are significant challenges involved in properly managing a hospital physical therapy program and getting the results your patients and hospital require. As is often the case, there is no substitute for experience, which is why so many hospitals are choosing to partner with a dedicated physical therapy organization. 

What benefits can a hospital expect from a physical therapy partner? 

No matter the size, location or budget of a hospital, the patients who are admitted there deserve the same level of care. Successful physical therapy requires dedicated knowledge and resources that many hospital leaders are challenged to find access to. This is where an experienced physical therapy organization can help. 

Experience and expertise can help your hospital’s physical therapy department achieve these benefits: 

  • Efficiency — A larger-scale organization that works with hospitals across the country can develop systems of work that overcome common pain points in the delivery of physical therapy. This gives administrators the ability to help more patients with fewer resources. 
  • Increased revenue — Better care and fewer billing errors can mean increased revenue in the form of more patients helped and higher reimbursement rates. 
  • Decreased risk — Dedicated compliance support and better training and development can shield your hospital from regulatory problems and errors. 
  • More satisfied patients — It all comes down to helping your patients get the care they deserve. An experienced partner can help you hire, train and retain the best people while offering the latest treatments and services. 

Hospitals that work with Alliance Physical Therapy Partners can leverage decades of experience and gain access to industry-leading resources. 

Reach out to the experts in hospital physical therapy

The Alliance team brings more than 50 years of experience to the table, and we’ve been building success relationships with facilities across the United States. We’ve achieved the success we have by treating our partners like family and building unique action plans that scale to the needs of each hospital. 

Contact us today to find out how we can help you. We’ll be happy to schedule an assessment of your current program.