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Final Ruling


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services publishes final rule on emergency preparedness.

By Paul J. Welk, PT, JD
February 2017

On September 16, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (“Rule”) providing for emergency preparedness requirements for certain Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers.1 The Rule went into effect on November 16, 2016; however, those health care providers and suppliers affected by the Rule2 are not required to be in compliance with the regulations until November 16, 2017, one year after the effective date.

Set Your Benchmarks

By Stacy M. Menz, PT, DPT, PCS

January is behind us and 2017 is in full swing. I may be a big nerd but I love to analyze the previous year’s stats. Regardless of how the practice performed, it’s imperative to be able to measure your performance against the benchmarks you set. This serves as a starting point to look at what worked and what failed so that you can delve into the reasons for those successes or failures. Benchmarks are important because they serve as the measure of practice performance. It also is a great time to determine if your benchmarks are still relevant. Did you exceed a benchmark easily? If so, it’s likely set too low.

Benchmarking Basics


What does it mean to use benchmarks in your practice and how do you get started?

By Sturdy McKee, PT, MPT, CEO

In this issue of Impact you are reading a good deal about benchmarking for your business and practice. So, what do you do with these benchmarks? If they don’t become actionable in your business, then they are just another number.

Preparing for Value-Based Care

Begin measuring value, not time.

By Jerry Henderson and Doug Schumann

We have had the opportunity to speak around the country on the transition to value-based care. Frankly, it is not top of mind for most physical therapists, and given a choice, most of us would much rather talk about something else: the latest clinical techniques, performance-based tests, patient management, our favorite beer, almost anything else.

Benchmarking Basics to Drive Results


How to scientifically benchmark your private practice marketing.

By Michelle Collie, PT, DPT, MS, OCS

Social media campaigns, direct marketing to referral sources, advertising, and outreach to past patients, no matter the marketing goal or strategy, benchmarking is an essential component to ensure maximum results.

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