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Stop Loss

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How to retain patients and revenue despite high-deductible health plans.

By Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L

As a care provider, you know half the battle of patient well-being is access to treatment. But access isn’t just a matter of having—or not having—health insurance. After all, patients with high-deductible insurance plans can pay as much as $10,000 out of pocket before their benefits kick in. As a result, many patients go without adequate care, and many providers struggle with patient acquisition and retention.

Embracing Technology

How to innovate wisely.

By Emily Teetzen, PT, DPT

Private practice physical therapy sits at the intersection between health care and business, both of which can present challenges. You are running a clinic in a fluid, ever-changing market while also facing the challenges presented within the health care system, which can be just as unpredictable and tumultuous. Direct access has increased our access to patients, but their path to our door can still be riddled with hurdles such as insurance coverage, visit limitations, copays, and physician referrals. You play a game of constant adaptation in trying to maintain your company’s unique identity while continuing to provide the best service and patient care. In addition, private practices need to innovate to attract and maintain effective and driven employees.

So Long, Farewell, but Not Goodbye

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By Terry C. Brown, PT, DPT

This is my last letter to you, my constituents, as your president. It is my chance to let you know how important each and every one of you is to our vocation. For the past three years, from the catbird seat of our profession, I’ve been fortunate to view the passion, determination, and intellect that you, our PPS members, are demonstrating. From innovative business models to creative patient care examples, you lead the way in physical therapy. I am excited about our future and see endless possibilities for how you and I will contribute to a healthy population through improving the lives of our patients.

The Future of Private Practice Physical Therapy

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By Stacy M. Menz, PT, DPT, PCS

As I write this, I am just home from the 2nd Annual Women in Physical Therapy Summit. I was struck by the words of several of the speakers as I felt that they spoke to the future of physical therapy in an inspiring and all-encompassing way.

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