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Let’s put women’s physical therapy in the spotlight

By | Blog

Did you know that there are physical therapists who specialize in treating conditions that affect women? This is an important area of specialty because there are several conditions that women are more prone to than men. Women should have access to specialty services across the broad spectrum of health care, and physical therapy is no exception.

At Alliance, our team of physical therapy clinics across the country are proud to have specialists who provide physical therapy for women’s health needs. Let’s explore more into what they can do for you.

What can women’s physical therapy treat?

Men and women have different physiological builds. As a result, women are more prone to certain conditions than men, including:

  • Pelvic pain — The pelvic region contains a group of muscles known as the pelvic floor muscles. Chronic conditions, injuries, and tense or weak muscles can cause pain in this area. Often, this makes it difficult to perform daily tasks that involve movement and can cause discomfort during sexual intercourse.
  • Urinary incontinence — Your bladder movements are controlled by the pelvic floor muscles. When the muscles are weakened or injured, you may experience urinary incontinence as a side effect.
  • Osteoporosis — Osteoporosis is a condition that causes the bones to become more brittle and vulnerable to fractures or injury. It develops when the body draws calcium and nutrients out of the bones quicker than they can be replaced. This is common in women due to calcium deficiency that is common as women age, which means the bones struggle to replace any calcium they lose.

These are but a few of the conditions that women’s physical therapy helps to treat. Specialists in women’s physical therapy also help with:

  • Pregnancy-related issues
  • Abdominal pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Cancer
  • Lymphedema
  • Post-mastectomy and post-hysterectomy therapy

What can you expect from women’s physical therapy?

Physical therapists approach each treatment with a case-by-case process. Women who work with an Alliance physical therapist can always expect a personalized treatment that focuses on their needs. With us, you will never receive a cookie-cutter treatment.

As part of the treatment process, your physical therapist will examine your condition to identify the source of your pain. Then they will review other relevant information, such as age, weight and medical history. With everything they learn during their assessment, your physical therapist will be able to develop a personalized treatment routine to help you reach your recovery goals. 

What is involved with each treatment varies depending on your needs and individual factors, but you can generally expect some form of: 

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Gentle stretches
  • Posture guidance
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Joint mobilization
  • Patient education

Contact an Alliance physical therapist today for women’s physical therapy

Do you want help from a physical therapist who understands your specific needs as a woman? Our team at Alliance has you covered. We have specialists across the nation who are ready to work with you to help you reduce your pain and reach your recovery goals. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.

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Episode 6: Basics of a Compliance Program

By | Podcacst

This episode discusses the basic building blocks of a robust compliance program for outpatient therapy clinics and the likely changes in the regulatory environment in the future. Richard speaks to Tiffany Warden, the clinical compliance officer for Alliance Physical Therapy Partners. Richard and Tiffany discuss:

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Episode 5: Managing COVID in the Outpatient Therapy Setting

By | Podcacst

This podcast focuses on the current situation as it pertains to the effects of Covid on outpatient therapy services and the likely future  impact.  There have been a large number of webinars and presentations looking at the impact of Covid on therapy services in 2020, but this podcast focuses our attention to the here and now.  One can only influence the future.  The past is the past.

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Episode 4: Recruiting Talent – Keys To Success

By | Podcacst

This episode discusses with Anne Frederick, M.A., CCC/SLP, the role of a talent acquisition, common recruiting  questions and the impact of Covid on the hiring of clinicians.  Anne Frederick has been recruiting healthcare professionals for 15+ years and is the owner of RehabResources.   Anne can be contacted at Anne@RehabResource.com

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What is a hospital therapy services partner? Why it may be better to work with a full-service provider

By | Blog, Contract Therapy

In therapy services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, a hospital therapy services partner is an outside provider that works closely with a facility to deliver these key services to patients. There can be advantages and disadvantages to this. Advantages include flexibility and reduced overhead, with one of the most common concerns being a lack of investment in the organization and facility. 

This is why it’s so important to find a provider that is truly a partner, not just “hired help.” This kind of partner can bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them and take a more vested interest in growing your department. 

Advantages for hospital leaders

Here are some of the areas that a comprehensive hospital therapy services partner can help with: 

  • Compliance — Regulatory compliance for therapy services is highly specialized. A therapy-focused organization can help you increase revenue and avoid costly fines. 
  • Program development — A partner can help identify new service offerings that would be a good fit for your facility while streamlining outmoded practices. 
  • Upgrading systems — Obsolete and incompatible software may be slowing you down. By implementing new systems, you can do more with the people and resources you already have. 
  • Staffing support — From training to development, leveraging the resources of a therapy services partner can help you build a high-performing, patient-focused team. 

Top providers don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach and should instead work to develop individualized action plans with their hospital partners. Instead of plugging holes on a short-term basis, a full-service partner can help you achieve your long-term objectives. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners is dedicated to collaboration

We’ve been in this industry for decades and have built a network of highly satisfied hospital therapy service partners across the United States. By working with us, you can expect support in all of the above areas and, more importantly, a genuine relationship with people who are committed to the success of your therapy program. 

Want to learn more? Contact us today and find out how to receive an in-depth assessment of your department and recommendations to take it to the next level.

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Hospital Compliance With Deborah Lakin | Podcast | Alliance Physical Therapy Partners

By | Uncategorized

Upcoming podcast — A Hospital Compliance Conversation with Deborah Lakin

If you’re a hospital leader with any stake in your facility’s therapy services program, then you probably have an understanding of the huge role that compliance plays in its success. While this is true of all service lines, it can be particularly challenging for therapy services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, due to the unique regulations and operational requirements involved. To better navigate these waters, hospitals can benefit from leveraging the knowledge and experience of experts in the field.

That’s why we’re excited to share that one of Alliance Physical Therapy Partners’ dedicated leaders will be appearing on the Rural Health Leadership Radio podcast hosted by Bill Auxier on February 25, 2020. The wide-ranging conversation will cover topics important to the regulatory landscape for hospitals in the upcoming year with a specific focus on the needs of facilities in rural areas.

About Deborah and her hospital compliance expertise

Deborah Lakin is an occupational therapist who started her career in the Veterans Administration system. Currently, she is vice president of hospital contracts for Alliance Physical Therapy Partners. Deborah is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Business Administration from Webster University, in St. Louis, Missouri. She is proud of her more than 17 years of hospital rehabilitation leadership experience at various hospitals across the country, including critical access hospitals. Deborah has demonstrated success managing both rehabilitation and ancillary services.

Topics you can expect to hear discussed in depth in this interview include:

  • Hospital compliance and best practices for success
  • Choosing rural health care as a focus
  • Definitions of leadership and the need for a people-centric approach
  • How occupational therapy fits into the overall therapy services field
  • How an organization like Alliance can assess the needs of hospital therapy programs and provide custom-tailored solutions

For any hospital, from urban to rural, the information contained in this informative and friendly discussion can be a great first step on your journey to compliance success this year.

Learn more about how Alliance can work for you

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners has helped hospitals of all kinds across the country achieve success and positive outcomes with their therapy services programs. With more than 50 years of industry experience, we can work closely with you to understand and identify your unique needs and opportunities and develop a fully customized action plan.

To learn more, contact us today. We’ll help you schedule an in-depth assessment of your program with one of our experts.

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Compliance Updates for Therapy in 2020 | Webinar | Alliance Physical Therapy Partners

By | Uncategorized

In today’s regulatory environment, ensuring that your hospital’s therapy services program stays compliant is more important than ever. In addition to helping you avoid costly penalties and fines, having a strong focus on compliance can improve staff morale, departmental communication, productivity and your reputation in the industry. However, in this highly specialized field, many hospitals are encountering new and unforeseen hurdles to staying fully compliant.

This is where the expertise and resources of an organization with a dedicated focus on compliance in the therapy field can step in. Alliance Physical Therapy Partners will be holding a live webinar in association with the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. CST. By attending this webinar, you’ll be able to gain key insights into the most important compliance updates for therapy in 2020.

What you need to know to stay compliant in 2020

This webinar will be hosted by Deborah Lakin, OT/L, MBA, Vice President of Hospital Contracts, Tiffany Warden, CPC, CPCO, Clinical Compliance Officer, and Christa Bringas, PT, Auditing and Education Manager for Alliance. The execution of compliance strategies and clinical expertise will further assist hospitals to maintain a strong operational foundation.

As we explore what you’ll need to know for the upcoming year, our compliance experts will be covering these important topics:

  • The need for proprietary EMR systems built to regulatory standards
  • Unit calculation updates
  • Training and education components for 2020
  • Policies and procedures you need to know
  • Accreditation maintenance and finding a partner you can trust

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners has the expertise and experience your program needs

Staying ahead of the compliance curve is not something you need to do alone as a hospital executive. Alliance Physical Therapy Partners brings more than 50 years of industry-leading expertise to the table. We believe in developing strong relationships and treating our partners like family. When you view our webinar, we hope you’ll not only get the information you need but also gain an understanding of the warmth and friendliness that helps set Alliance apart. You can learn more about attending and viewing this webinar here.

We also welcome you to contact us at any time to learn more about the solutions we can provide and how to schedule an assessment of your current program.

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Providing inpatient physical therapy in a competitive marketplace

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Inpatient physical therapy can help patients start the recovery process as early as possible, which can help promote better patient outcomes. However, the marketplace for physical therapy providers, even inpatient therapy, is more competitive than ever. Patients recently discharged from hospitals with serious injuries and conditions are increasingly seeking physical, speech, and occupational therapy services.

For hospitals that are challenged to provide quality services on a level that meets perpetually tight administrative budgets, it may even seem expedient to refer patients to an off-site facility. However, by working with the right partner, it’s possible to provide inpatient therapy that delivers an exceptional patient experience, improves outcomes and contributes to the profitability of your hospital. Inpatient therapy offerings can include speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

How a specialized inpatient therapy partner can help you reach more people

The fact is that patients receiving therapy services at your facility instead of going to inpatient physical therapy facilities near them can potentially result in the following advantages: 

  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Increased patient satisfaction
  • Decreased risk of costly readmissions
  • Increased revenue streams

With the assistance that a highly specialized and experienced contract therapy provider offers, hospitals can streamline their services while improving the quality of care. Specific service offerings can range from recruiting support to strategic planning and program development assistance. 

Turn to the experts at Alliance

If you’re looking to make your inpatient therapy departments more competitive, profitable and patient-friendly, Alliance Physical Therapy Partners can help. We can perform a full audit of your therapy program and deliver recommendations on the services that will better help the patients near you. Alliance brings more than 50 years of proven physical therapy experience to the table, and we’ve successfully grown a network of satisfied hospital partners across the United States. We offer proven workflows, a top-rate talent network and proprietary software that is compatible with most major electronic medical records systems. 

Want to find out how we can help your hospital? Contact our team today to learn more and to schedule a meeting with the experts at Alliance.