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Physical therapy management consultants .....

Five benefits of partnering with a physical therapy management consultant

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Hospitals are faced with more challenges than ever before in a rapidly changing health care landscape. From growing patient populations to aging patient populations to a wider array of competing options, hospital executives are increasingly being put in a position of having to do more with less year over year. It can be enough of a strain just focusing on your core service lines that you may worry that allied health services like physical therapy aren’t getting the attention they deserve. 

This is where a physical therapy management consultant can be a powerful ally. By working with a seasoned expert in the field, you can learn how to successfully balance excellent patient care with operational efficiency. 

Here’s how a physical therapy management consultant can help 

Specific benefits of leveraging the knowledge and resources of a physical therapy consultant include: 

  1. Enhanced patient experience — Physical therapy promotes healing and recovery and helps get patients back to functioning. If your department is performing at an optimal level, your patients will be the primary beneficiaries. 
  2. Increased efficiency — A physical therapy management consultant can help you streamline your systems of work and upgrade outdated software to help your team do their jobs better. Not only does this help your patients, but it also reduces operational overhead.
  3. Fewer compliance issues — Physical therapy has its own set of unique regulations that a dedicated consultant can help you navigate. Staying compliant means less exposure to costly fines. 
  4. Increased revenue — A consultant can help you address issues in your billing practices as well as recommend service offerings that can help you maximize your revenue for your physical therapy department. 
  5. A high-performing team — From recruiting and hiring to training and staff development, attracting the best people and keeping them motivated can help you reduce turnover and maintain a consistent level of patient care. 

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, our experienced and skilled consultants can help you identify the opportunities in your program and provide solutions to help you maximize these benefits. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners — consultants you can trust

Our physical therapy management consultants have decades of combined experience in helping hospitals perform at an operationally excellent level. To learn more, contact us today. We can work with you to schedule a comprehensive assessment of your physical therapy program.

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How to improve patient satisfaction scores .....

How to improve patient satisfaction scores with better physical therapy services

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Hospital-based physical therapy helps patients who are dealing with a wide range of issues find improved functioning and increased range of motion at a critical phase of the recovery process. By receiving inpatient physical therapy, people staying at a hospital can get a jump on the healing process, which can often lead to better outcomes. As a hospital leader, better patient outcomes can equal improved patient satisfaction scores for your facility. 

As a specialized allied health discipline, successfully managing a physical therapy department comes with its own set of best practices and industry regulations. If you’re trying to improve your hospital’s patient satisfaction scores with better physical therapy services, working with an organization that specializes in the industry can help you accomplish this on a cost-effective basis. 

A physical therapy partnership for improved patient satisfaction

Delivering exceptional physical therapy services can increase patient satisfaction, but like other service lines, your program needs to be firing on all cylinders. A physical therapy services partner can help you with this in the following ways: 

  • Streamlined workflows — Ensuring that your therapists have the resources they need to do their jobs in an efficient manner means being able to help more patients get the care they need. 
  • Expanded services — Physical therapy is a rapidly advancing field, and your patients can benefit from access to the latest proven treatment options. 
  • Patient-centric training and development programs — To improve patient satisfaction, your team needs to be trained in a manner that keeps them highly focused on keeping their patients firmly at the center of care. Proper training can also help your therapists interface more smoothly with other service lines to provide better continuity of care for your patients.
  • Upgraded software — Outdated systems can leave a gap for preventable errors and interruptions to service, both of which can detract from overall patient satisfaction. Top physical therapy partners can provide proprietary software that is compatible with major electronic medical records systems. 

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we’ll work closely with your hospital leadership to ensure your department is positioned to help your facility improve its patient satisfaction score. 

Experience the Alliance difference

Our team believes that if you focus on delivering exceptional patient care, then the score will follow. Working with Alliance gives your hospital the ability to leverage more than 50 years of industry-specific experience. We’ve built long-term relationships with hospitals across the United States, and our satisfied clients can speak to our ability to get results. 

To learn more, contact us today. We can schedule a detailed evaluation of your program to determine the areas where we can help you achieve a higher level of patient satisfaction. 

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Enhancing patient experience .....

Enhancing patient experience with better in-house physical therapy

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

For hospitals, enhancing patient experience should be about more than simply achieving a higher score. Providing a better overall experience for your patients should primarily be about improving outcomes and ensuring that the people under your care are given the best chance of achieving their long-term health goals. By helping the healing process and improving functioning at an early stage in the recovery process, in-house physical therapy plays a crucial role in enhancing patient experience. 

To deliver the highest level of physical therapy service for patients who are staying on an inpatient basis, hospital leaders can turn to an experienced and dedicated partner organization. By receiving assistance in administrative best practices and operations for this specialized discipline, your physical therapy department can enhance your patient experience while helping your hospital meet ever-restrictive budgetary needs. 

Areas where a physical therapy partner can provide assistance

Here are some of the specific ways that a qualified and experienced physical therapy partner can help your program enhance patient experience: 

  • Better compliance support — You may think of compliance as a set of regulations to follow in order to avoid fines, but the regulations themselves are designed to help patients. By helping you navigate physical therapy-specific regulations, we also help you keep the focus squarely on patient experience. 
  • Expanded service offerings and strategic development — To improve outcomes, your patients need access to the latest evidence-based practices in the industry. Find out which services you should be offering for your patient profile.
  • Enhanced recruiting, hiring and training capabilities — Delivering exceptional patient care means building a high-performing team. The right partner can give you access to top recruiting networks and best practices for training and staff development. 

Enhancing patient experience for in-house physical therapy can be a significant positive contributor to your facility’s broader efforts, and the right partner can help you do it on a level that is right-sized for your budgetary needs. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners believes in enhanced patient care

The Alliance team is unswervingly dedicated to exceptional patient care. We’ll work with your hospital closely to identify the areas that are the biggest opportunities for your physical therapy program and provide workable solutions for your administration to implement. From software upgrades to more efficient systems of work to attracting top talent, we can help turn your department into a positive contributor to your facility. 

To learn more and schedule a comprehensive assessment of your physical therapy program, contact us today.

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Acute care physical therapy .....

Finding a partner for acute care physical therapy services in your hospital

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Acute care physical therapists play a critical role in helping patients recover during a hospital stay. No matter the reason for admission, the sooner that patients can start to get moving and regain functioning, the better. In fact, there is good evidence to support the idea that delivering high-quality acute care physical therapy can help hospitals lower costly readmissions among patients.

As a hospital leader, you undoubtedly understand that delivering acute care physical therapy is not without its challenges. Physical therapy is a highly specialized field, with its own set of unique care procedures, regulations and billing practices. This is why so many hospitals turn to a partner organization that specializes in delivering hospital-based acute care physical therapy services.

Here’s how an acute care physical therapy services partner can help

To help you navigate the complex world of physical therapy, a partner can help ease much of the administrative burden from your facility’s leadership. Here are some of the specific benefits you hospital can enjoy: 

  • Improved patient experience — Ultimately, it’s all about the patients. With a high-performing team that is trained in the latest service offerings, your patients can get a higher level of care. 
  • Increased revenue — By streamlining workflows, your team can help more patients. By improving billing practices, you can increase reimbursement rates. 
  • Decreased costs — From reducing the need for specialized administrative and leadership positions, to decreasing your exposure to costly fines from compliance issues, the right acute care physical therapy partner can help you operate on a cost-effective basis. 

To maximize the benefits to your physical therapy department and your patients, it’s important to find a partner that is right for your specific facility’s needs and budget. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners for your acute care needs

At Alliance, we’re an organization built on long-term relationships and keeping the focus firmly on patients. We have a roster of satisfied hospitals across the United States that we’ve helped achieve their acute care physical therapy needs. To schedule an in-depth assessment of your physical therapy department, contact us today

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Partners in physical therapy .....

What to expect when searching for partners in physical therapy for your hospital

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Physical therapy is such an important part of the patient experience for a high number of patients undergoing a hospital stay. However, due to the highly specialized nature of this discipline, hospital leaders can often find themselves challenged in properly administering their department. By working with a partner in physical therapy administration, hospitals can better position themselves to give patients a higher level of care while doing it on a cost-effective basis. 

To help you better understand what to look for and what to expect when exploring partners in physical therapy for your hospital, we’re happy to share the following informative guide. 

Qualities that high-quality partners in physical therapy should display

Any relationship with a physical therapy partner should be built for long-term success. While there may be some quick wins here and there, building a program that balances efficiency and exceptional patient care takes time. That’s why these particular qualities are so important: 

  • Experience — Look for a provider that has not only been in the industry for a long time but also has a proven track record of success with similar hospitals. Experience means a partner that is more likely to have encountered the same challenges your program faces. 
  • Communication — From communicating with your hospital leadership to teaching your therapists to better communicate with patients, look for physical therapy partners that understand how to build rapport and consensus with everyone involved. 
  • Resources — Being able to leverage the resources of a physical therapy-focused organization can help you succeed by giving you access to tools and expertise on a cost-effective basis. For example, physical therapy partners should be able to help you implement therapy management software upgrades and offer compliance support to help you stay on top of industry regulations. 

The benefits of finding the right partners in physical therapy for your hospital are substantial, including better patient outcomes, increased revenue and streamlined costs. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners

Working with Alliance means a partner that brings more than 50 years of physical therapy experience to the table. We build successful relationships using all of the qualities listed above, and we do it on a highly individualized basis, creating plans that are right-sized for the facilities we work with. Ready to learn more? Contact us today and ask to schedule a thorough evaluation of your physical therapy department and the potential solutions that could work for you. 

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Hospital process improvement .....

Four ways to help hospital process improvement with a physical therapy partner

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

With the rapidly changing nature of health care today, it’s easy for hospitals to lose sight of the fundamentals. As a hospital executive, it likely feels like you have to do more with less each year, so focusing on basic improvements can make a huge difference. This is why hospital process improvement has become such a buzzword in recent years. 

Along with core service lines, your physical therapy program should not be left out of any efforts to streamline your workflows and increase efficiency. Facilities may struggle in this area due to a lack of dedicated experience, which is where a physical therapy partner can come in. By turning to an organization with an exclusive focus in this discipline, you can make major strides in your hospital process improvement efforts. 

Drive hospital process improvements in physical therapy that drive results

A combination of factors, including staff turnover, outdated systems and many others, can lead to less than optimal outcomes from your physical therapy department. From declining patient satisfaction to claims denials to compliance issues, a physical therapy partner with dedicated experience and resources can help you make the following process improvements: 

  1. Updating systems — Outdated software can slow down everyone’s workday and contribute to errors. A dedicated organization can help you upgrade software and streamline workflows. 
  2. Improving compliance — Compliance in physical therapy is an intricate areathat requires specialized knowledge. As in other service lines, physical therapy compliance can save you costly fines and help you increase reimbursements. 
  3. Training and development — A well-trained staff is the key to retention, patient satisfaction and efficiency. The right partner should have a deep understanding of best practices for these processes. 
  4. Recruiting and hiring — By gaining access to top recruiting networks, your hospital can attract talent with experience and credentials you need to build a high-performing team. 

With Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, you can find an experienced team to help you with your hospital process improvement efforts in these and other areas. 

More than 50 years of dedicated experience

When you work with Alliance, you’ll find an organization that will treat you like family as we work together to identify and implement the process improvements that can help you achieve better outcomes. To learn more, we’ll be happy to schedule an in-depth assessment of your current program by our expert team. Contact us today to learn more. 

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Quality improvement issues in health care .....

Quality improvement issues in health care and your physical therapy department

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Improving the overall quality of care, particularly as it pertains to patient safety, should be a top priority for any hospital leader. This is just as true for your physical therapy department as it is for any other service line. Patients recovering from any health issue that requires a hospital stay can benefit from receiving physical therapy to increase functioning and promote the body’s natural healing process. 

Ensuring positive outcomes requires addressing any gaps in quality between what your patients are actually receiving and what they should receive. Closing these gaps in physical therapy can be a challenge for many hospital administrators, especially if their background lies outside this allied health discipline. 

To ensure quality improvement issues in physical therapy are properly identified and effective action is taken, a dedicated physical therapy services organization can serve as an effective partner. 

How a physical therapy partner can help you address important quality improvement issues in health care

The right partner can assess your physical therapy department to identify quality improvement issues including: 

  • Preventable errors — Preventable errors include patients receiving the wrong treatment due to a clerical error, or therapists not being properly trained in a particular service. 
  • Workflow inefficiency — Problems such as redundant tasks, outdated systems and communication breakdowns can be a drain on productivity and patient care.
  • Compliance issues — Falling behind on regulations can result in costly fines and denied claims that increase costs and detract from your overall level of service. 

By identifying the quality improvement issues that are most affecting your physical therapy program, a partner can help you develop a strategy to properly address them. 

Work with the experienced quality improvement experts

With decades of experience and satisfied clients across the country, Alliance Physical Therapy Partners can help your hospital deliver the exceptional care your patients deserve. We’ll help you balance patient satisfaction, staff engagement and administrative efficiency to help your program be cost effective without sacrificing quality. 

Learn more and schedule a detailed assessment of your physical therapy program when you contact us today

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Hospital physical therapy .....

Why is hospital physical therapy important for your patients?

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Patients today have more options than ever for physical therapy, including outpatient clinics and dedicated inpatient facilities. If you’re a hospital leader trying to juggle limited resources while still delivering exceptional patient care, you may even wonder if patients wouldn’t be better served by an off-site provider. However, from reducing the risk of hospital readmissions to improving patient satisfaction, hospital physical therapy is extremely important for your patients. 

No matter what patients are admitted for, from surgery to a traumatic injury, the recovery process needs to start as soon as possible. Physical therapists are absolutely essential to restoring function and mobility so patients can get back to regular activities. Receiving this care during a hospital stay helps patients start this journey as quickly as possible. 

Benefits of working with a hospital physical therapy partner

Managing a hospital physical therapy department on a cost-effective basis can come with significant challenges. These include keeping your department staff with qualified therapists, having efficient workflows, staying compliant with a rapidly changing regulatory environment and minimizing claims denials to ensure revenue cycle integrity. 

This is why many successful hospital physical therapy programs work with a dedicated partner to help administer their department. By leveraging the knowledge and resources of an organization that is focused on physical therapy, hospitals can enjoy the following benefits: 

  • Decreased costs — By eliminating the need for in-house resources, lowering the risk of costly fines and increasing efficiency, a physical therapy partner can help streamline your department.
  • Increased revenue — Through expanded service offerings, better billing procedures and increased staff productivity, administrators can see their hospital physical therapy program become a positive contributor. 
  • Improved patient experience — Patients who are cared for by a highly trained and engaged staff will report better outcomes and overall experience. 

It’s important to find a physical therapy partner that will work to understand your facility’s unique needs and provide solutions that are right-sized for your needs and budget. 

Get the hospital physical therapy support you need

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we’ve been in the industry for more than 50 years. We’ve helped hospital physical therapy departments across the United States achieve the results listed above, and we’ve done it through an individualized approach that treats our partners like family. 

To learn more about how we can help your program, contact us today. We’ll be happy to provide an in-depth assessment of your current program and needs. 

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Physical Therapy Department Management Consultants .....

Three key questions to ask when looking for a physical therapy department management consultant

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Choosing the right physical therapy consultant for your hospital’s inpatient program can make a huge difference in your ability to accomplish your department’s goals. Physical therapy is a specialized field that requires specialized knowledge, but no two departments are exactly the same. This means that any consultant will need your help in truly understanding what makes your program tick. 

This highlights the importance of a collaborative relationship between hospital leadership and a physical therapy department management consultant. In addition to the tangibles, such as years of experience, credentials and track record, you also want to get a feel for the intangibles, including communication style and philosophy of patient care.

To help clarify this search, here are three questions you should ask when looking at prospective physical therapy consultants. 

1. How many years of experience do you have?

There really is no substitute for experience. The more hospital departments that a qualified consultant has seen, the more likely he or she has encountered and has solutions to the types of challenges you are facing. This also gives you the chance to ask follow-up questions regarding client satisfaction and success stories. Finally, when researching a potential consultant or consulting organization, more experience means a larger and more accurate sampling of their success. 

2. Does your organization specialize in physical therapy and other therapy services?

Working with a therapy-focused organization that deals exclusively with physical, occupational and speech therapy gives your hospital the ability to leverage highly specialized knowledge and resources. If the company has too broad a focus, you run the risk of working with a consultant for whom physical therapy may be an afterthought. 

3. What is your communication style and approach to patient care?

You need a physical therapy department management consultant who will provide transparent and honest communication, while being available when you need them. The way they answer this question and respond in general when first talking should establish trust and confidence. Trust your instincts; if you aren’t comfortable talking with a prospective consultant in the beginning, it can be a warning sign for the future working relationship. You also want a management partner who is as focused on patient care as you are. While reducing expenses and increasing revenue are fundamental operational requirements, a consultant needs to clearly demonstrate how better operations will help the patients under your care. 

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners has the answers you need

Alliance is an organization with more than 50 years of dedicated physical therapy experience. We’ve built successful long-term relationships with satisfied hospitals across the United States through solid communication, mutual respect and practical solutions. We’re passionate about treating our partners like family and will strive to work closely with you to understand your departmental needs and develop right-sized strategies. 

To learn more about how we can help, contact us today. Our consultants can perform a detailed evaluation of your physical therapy department to identify your current needs. 

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Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care .....

Improving patient safety and quality of care — five ideas for your physical therapy program

By | Blog, Physical Therapy Consulting Services

Patient safety and quality of care are two of the most fundamental concerns for anyone in health care. Since the goal of any type of treatment is to improve overall health and quality of life, keeping the people under your care safe almost goes without saying. And the higher the quality of care is, the better the chance of a patient having a positive outcome. 

This is just as true for your physical therapy program as it is for any other service line if you’re a hospital leader. To improve patient safety and quality of care in hospital-based physical therapy, many facilities turn to organizations with a specialized focus in this field. For a clearer picture of how exactly a physical therapy partner can help, we’re happy to share the following information. 

Practical ideas for improving patient safety and quality of care in physical therapy

A partner with a focused background in physical therapy can help your department in a number of ways that positively impact both patient safety and quality of care. Here are some proven ideas that are commonly recommended:

  1. Recruit and retain good people — Patient safety requires a vigilant and engaged team. By hiring talented and experienced people and developing an environment that lowers turnover rates, you can improve overall patient experience. 
  2. Educate your staff — Even the best staff of therapists needs to work in a culture that emphasizes safety and quality of care. A management partner can help you put the right training and development systems in place. 
  3. Plug compliance holes — Compliance isn’t just about paperwork; the regulations and standards in physical therapy exist to create a safer and better treatment environment. Truly committing to a compliance strategy will ultimately benefit your patients.
  4. Upgrade your systems — Slow, outdated and incompatible software, and disorganized workflows aren’t going to help your patients receive the care they need and can potentially increase safety risks. 
  5. Offer the latest services — Your department should also be up to date on the latest evidence-based practices in your field. Continually growing and developing your physical therapy program can have a positive effect on outcomes. 

To get the most out of these ideas, you need a partner who will work to understand the unique needs of your hospital and customize the solutions for your department. 

Alliance has the workable solutions your hospital needs

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we believe in building long-term relationships that are built on trust, respect and honest communication. We want everything we do to stay laser focused on patient experience, quality of care, safety and positive outcomes. To learn more about how we can help, you can schedule a comprehensive assessment of your program with one of our experts. Contact us today.