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Physical Therapy Consulting Services

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. 

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. 

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. 

Benefits of Contracting for Therapy Services

Three major benefits you enjoy when you partner for therapy services

By | Blog, Contract Therapy, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Deciding to outsource elements of your therapy services program to a contract provider is a big decision. While the instinct to keep your department administration “in-house” is a natural one, every hospital leader knows that therapy departments have a number of unique requirements that can make managing them challenging. Partnering with a therapy provider gives you the ability to leverage the resources and experience of an organization that is solely focused on therapy services. 

To give you a better idea of the specific benefits that hospital executives can take advantage of when they partner for therapy services, we’ve prepared the following guide. 

Benefits of contract therapy services

Finding and working with the right partner to contract for therapy services with can mean the following for your program: 

  1. Reduced labor costs By working with a partner to outsource your labor, you can streamline your operations and reallocate your administrative personnel to other areas.
  2. Dedicated industry expertise — Contract therapy services spend all their time keeping up with changes in the field, from regulations to best practices, allowing you to take advantage of this work at a fraction of the cost. 
  3. More satisfied patients — From bringing in top talent to implementing more efficient systems of work, it all adds up to better care and outcomes for patients in your facility. 

To fully realize the potential of these benefits, it’s important to contract with a partner that your administrative team can build a close and productive relationship with. Among all the advantages we can offer, Alliance Physical Therapy is built on valuing relationships to ensure hospitals feel that their partnership for therapy services feel like an extension of their internal team. 

Experience the Alliance difference 

We have decades of experience in helping hospitals across the United States with our unparalleled expertise and state-of-the-art resources. Here is what just one of our satisfied clients had to say: 

“Alliance Physical Therapy Partners have 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 

To learn more and schedule an assessment of your current program, contact us today. 

Upgrade Your Physical Therapy Software

Four reasons to upgrade your physical therapy software

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

For any physical therapy department, there’s no substitute for a high-performing team of qualified therapists who are passionate about delivering patient-centered care. Having the right people can drive efficiency and patient satisfaction like nothing else. In this context, physical therapy management software is a tool that can help your team do their job even better. The right tool can make a great team even better, helping with retention and making your department more attractive in recruiting the right talent. 

Unfortunately, many facilities are saddled with outdated software that is more of a hindrance than a productivity booster. Some administrators find themselves in a situation where even the best team is slowed down by buggy software that therapists are constantly having to find workarounds for. 

How can a physical therapy software upgrade help? 

Along with other service offerings, many contract therapy management providers, including Alliance, offer proprietary physical therapy management software. To help you better understand the potential advantages of upgrading your physical therapy software, we’re sharing the following benefits: 

  1. Compatibility with other systems — As other hospital software continues to evolve, older physical therapy software can suffer from compatibility and interfacing issues. At Alliance, our proprietary electronic medical records (EMR) software is designed to be compatible with all major health information systems (HIS). 
  2. Increased revenue — Physical therapy-specific software helps therapists properly document services performed for billing purposes. This leads to fewer billing errors and more accepted claims from payers. 
  3. Increased patient satisfaction — A smoother-running department means therapists can spend more time doing what they’re supposed to: delivering excellent patient care that leads to better outcomes. 
  4. Reduced costs — Increased efficiency can mean fewer payroll hours spent for the same level of care, fewer compliance issues and even reduced staff turnover. 

Our proprietary physical therapy software was created by clinicians for clinicians and is designed to easily integrate with all major EMR systems.

Physical Therapy Administration and Management

Finding a partner for physical therapy administration and management

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

The goal of physical therapy is to use a combination of targeted techniques to improve function and relieve pain related to a number of conditions. In a hospital setting, physical therapy has an important role in helping patients start the recovery process. By promptly receiving treatment that helps with strengthening weak and injured muscles and extending range of motion, patients can have a higher likelihood of a positive outcome. 

However, as most hospital executives know, physical therapy administration and management for in-house departments has a number of unique requirements that differentiate it from other service lines. This is why so many facilities are choosing to work with a contract services partner to help manage their therapy programs. These organizations focus exclusively on the physical therapy field, which means they have highly specialized knowledge and resources that hospitals of any size and with any budget can leverage. 

Qualities to look for in a physical therapy management partner

If you’re considering working with a contract therapy service provider to assist your team with the administration and management of your physical therapy department, here are some important qualities to look for:

  • Experience — While it’s not the only indicator you should look at, an organization that has been around for a long time demonstrates dependability and stability. 
  • Reputation — What do other hospital clients have to say about this provider? Make sure they have an established base of satisfied clients. 
  • Expertise — Don’t be afraid to ask for the credentials of any consultant or contact you work with. Look for dedicated qualifications in the field of physical therapy management. 
  • Proven resources and solutions — Even if an organization is able to identify inefficiencies and opportunities in your department, what kinds of solutions can they offer? A good partner should enable you to build a successful physical therapy department. 

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we’re confident that we can demonstrate these qualities to any partner who chooses our physical therapy administration and management services. 

Decades of experience and proven solutions

We’ve been in the physical therapy field for more than 50 years, and during this time we’ve built a network of satisfied hospitals across the United States. Our goal is to work with you to develop a strategy that fits the unique needs of your facility and your physical therapy department. 

To learn more and schedule an evaluation of your current program, contact our dedicated team today.

Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Three signs your hospital could benefit from physical therapy consulting services

By | Blog, Contract Therapy, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Physical therapy is widely considered to be an essential component of a successful recovery for hospital patients — and rightfully so. Patients who have undergone treatment for a wide variety of conditions require the targeted exercises and manual therapies that only a physical therapist can provide in order to regain functioning. If left alone too long, muscles can begin to atrophy and blood flow can be constricted to the area, slowing down the healing process. 

While therapy delivered during a hospital stay has the potential to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction, hospital executives are often faced with a department that has a number of unique management concerns. In addition to overcoming the complexities of meeting required staffing levels, staying compliant with ever-shifting regulations and ensuring integrity during revenue cycles, leadership must do this on a tight budget with limited resources. 

However, not only are your physical, speech, and occupational therapy departments important to delivering exceptional patient care, they can also be a positive contributor to your hospital’s revenues and operations. Working with a therapy consultant can help you identify the areas of opportunity in your program while recommending solutions that are right-sized for your needs. 

How to tell if it’s time to make the call to a therapy services consultant

Three common indicators that often cause hospitals to turn to a physical therapy consultant are: 

  1. Outdated systems — Slow-moving and outdated software can be a huge impediment to efficient physical therapy services. This can be especially true if other health information systems have been upgraded that are interfacing with older, but still necessary rehabilitation management programs. 
  2. Staffing shortages — Finding and retaining qualified therapists is another hurdle to a smooth-running department. A consultant can identify pain points in your hiring process and recommend solutions and recruiting strategies. 
  3. Stagnant growth — Many departments are paralyzed by a need to grow and offer new services but don’t know the right ones to invest in. By leveraging the knowledge of physical therapy consulting services, hospitals can receive personalized strategic guidance. 

Choosing the right physical therapy consulting service can be the beginning of a relationship that helps your department achieve its goals and contribute to the success of your entire organization.

Choose the industry expertise of Alliance Physical Therapy Partners

From physical therapy consulting services to outsourced therapy solutions, Alliance has the experience, resources and industry-leading expertise to help your program achieve operational efficiency while meeting the needs of your patients. 

Our consultants will be glad to perform an evaluation of your therapy program to identify the solutions that can work best for your facility. Contact us today.

Physical Therapy Inpatient Rehab

Five benefits of a contract therapy partnership for inpatient rehab

By | Blog, Contract Therapy, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Patients undergoing a hospital stay for nearly any reason can benefit from receiving inpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation services. In addition to the convenience of not having to go to an off-site inpatient rehab facility near them, patients can also benefit by getting a jump-start on the healing process while they’re still under your care. 

To help deliver this important part of the treatment picture, many hospitals are working with a contract therapy service provider. By leveraging the industry-specific knowledge of a dedicated organization, hospitals can offer patients the care they deserve on a cost-effective basis, helping patients avoid the need to go to another physical therapy and rehabilitation facility. 

Key advantages of partnering with a therapy provider

Five of the core benefits that a contract therapy provider can offer to a hospital’s physical therapy inpatient rehab program include: 

  1. Workflow improvement — A therapy service can help streamline therapist workflows to the benefit of patients, staff and leadership alike.
  2. Training and development — Inpatient physical therapy and rehab has very specific best practices that are constantly changing. A dedicated organization can help keep your team up to date. 
  3. Strategic support — From adding new services to refining patient-facing messaging for your program, a contract therapy partner can give you the guidance you need. 
  4. Regulatory compliance — Therapy providers are required to keep up with the constantly shifting physical therapy regulatory environment. This allows hospital executives to leverage this knowledge on a level that scales to their budgets. 
  5. Proprietary systems — Inpatient physical therapy and rehab can benefit from specialized program management software developed by an organization with a deep understanding of the unique needs of therapy services. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners helps hospitals achieve these and other goals on a daily basis to increase patient experience and department profitability

Reach out to our caring team today

We’re proud to hold more than 50 years of combined experience in the physical therapy services field. We believe in forging relationships that are like family because real relationships are the best way to understand your needs and deliver effective solutions. For an exploratory evaluation of your inpatient therapy services, contact our team today. 

Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility

Delivering exceptional inpatient rehabilitation at your facility

By | Blog, Contract Therapy, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Hospitals large and small, rural and urban, are facing more challenges than ever before. Patient populations continue to age, new health crises continually emerge, treatment methods are always evolving and regulations are ever-changing. Executives must make important decisions across all service lines to enable the level of care that patients deserve on a budget that is sustainable on a long-term basis. 

Among these often-competing values are the inpatient rehabilitation services that your facility provides. Patients recovering from surgery, auto injuries, stroke, and other serious injuries and conditions need the assistance of a trained therapist in order to maximize the potential for a positive outcome. The quicker patients can get moving and promote healing and a return to functioning, the better — and inpatient rehabilitation is essential. 

If you’re a hospital leader who is trying to deliver cost-effective therapy services while competing with other inpatient rehabilitation facilities, a contract services provider can be an essential partner. Read on to learn more about the areas a potential contract rehabilitation partner can assess and make recommendations about to ensure the best level of care from your facility. 

Evaluating inpatient rehabilitation facilities

The first step toward working with a partner to maximize the potential of your inpatient rehabilitation department is an evaluation of your current performance levels in the following areas: 

  • Communication, training and workflow efficiency
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Billing and reimbursement practices
  • Program development and marketing
  • Recruiting and staffing

From there, an inpatient rehabilitation consultant can make custom-tailored recommendations regarding the solutions that can work best for your facility. 

Inpatient rehabilitation facility expertise 

Built on more than 50 years of physical therapy industry expertise, Alliance Physical Therapy Services has the solutions that can help your rehabilitation program contribute — both to your bottom line and to patient satisfaction. We value our relationships and have built partnerships with hospitals and hospital systems of all sizes across the United States. 

To learn more about our full range of services and how we can help you, contact us today. Our team will be glad to help you schedule an evaluation of your current program.

Inpatient Rehabilitation at the Hospital

The importance of inpatient rehabilitation in a hospital setting

By | Blog, Contract Therapy, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Patients dealing with any number of conditions, ranging from heart attack to stroke to spinal cord injury, can benefit from intensive inpatient rehabilitation during a hospital stay. Whether primary treatment involved intensive care, surgery or other measures, the sooner that patients can begin the recovery process, the better — and rehabilitation services are an essential part of that. 

Becoming overly sedentary during a hospital stay can have a negative effect on overall health, which is why the help of skilled therapists are needed to help injured patients get moving again safely. Additionally, many patients also need assistance in relearning basic functions that have been affected by their condition, whether it means getting dressed or using a fork and knife. 

Challenges facing inpatient rehabilitation departments

While no hospital administrator is going to deny the substantial benefits offered by inpatient rehabilitation, they are also well aware of the challenges that comes with running these services. Typical issues facing inpatient rehabilitation departments range from staffing shortages, billing and reimbursement inefficiencies, and outdated systems. 

In a health care environment where leaders work hard to meet the requirements of basic service lines while meeting tight budgetary constraints, therapy and rehabilitation services can easily fall by the wayside. 

This is where a rehabilitation partnership can help. A highly dedicated team that focuses exclusively on the unique needs of this industry can provide turnkey solutions that scale to any size facility and budget. A partnership with a therapy and rehabilitation provider can streamline your inpatient rehabilitation department with: 

  • Training and development support to improve patient experience and staff morale
  • Billing and compliance assistance to help maximize revenue
  • Proven workflows to create efficiencies and lower costs

To truly reap the benefits you need to succeed, work with a partner who not only has the experience you need, but also understands successful relationships. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners is here to help

We’ve been able to stay in this industry as long as we have and help hospitals achieve their goals by combining industry expertise with an unwavering commitment to patient care. Through understanding your needs and delivering effective solutions, we want to help you keep your focus right where it belongs — helping people heal. 

To learn more about how we can help, contact us today. We’re happy to provide a thorough evaluation of your current service offerings to determine the best course of action for your facility.