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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Inpatient Physical Therapy Assistance

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.