Perspective over Circumstance

Floor to ceiling televisions on each wall, rows of silent box houses, and replicants replacing my friends? Okay, okay… clearly my imagination gets the best of me from time to time. Fahrenheit 451 and Blade Runner are a bit too fresh on my mind. Realistically, though, it’s easy to feel cynical about the future of in-person interaction given the current state of our world. By the time we can return to “normal,” will everyone have decided that it’s easier to remain remote?

On the other hand, technology has been instrumental in bringing us together during this time. As I mourned my inability to be with loved ones this spring, I reflected on those who, years ago, sent their loved ones off to war without any way to communicate in real time… often not knowing if their loved ones would even return.

Today, we have the ability not only to speak from afar in real-time, but to see each other’s faces, coordinate scheduling, and conduct appointments.

Enter telehealth.

Telehealth has arrived and is here to stay. Thankfully, the emergence of telehealth brings with it an abundance of new opportunity, the greatest of which is arguably the ability to serve individuals in rural communities. Without telehealth, patients in rural communities must often travel long distances if they wish to see a physical therapist.

This deters the receipt of care to begin with, and limits the frequency of engagement for those who do choose to receive care. Telehealth breaks through geographical barriers, opening the door to a new market for traditional physical therapy practices.

In addition to HIPAA-compliant telehealth, PtEverywhere.com equips therapy service providers across the globe with cloud-based scheduling, documentation, billing, and home exercise programming tools to enhance both the effectiveness of patient outcomes and of the practice’s bottom line.

Organization and efficiency foster optimal time management and, as follows, the potential to take on more patients and grow one’s practice. What else? More patients and less admin time — not to mention decreased overhead costs associated with remote and traveling practices — afford physical therapists the ability to serve patients at a lower cost.

For cash-based practices especially, providing the highest quality care at a fair and competitive price proves essential to creating a competitive advantage and sustaining continuous practice growth.

In these challenging and ever-fluctuating times, we hope you too will employ PtEverywhere to drive and blossom your therapy practice. We may be unable to dictate our circumstances, but we can certainly dictate our response. Through innovation and connectedness, we will emerge stronger on the other side.

Now We’re Stressed Out

I don’t know about you, but these days I’ve been battling tight traps, hunched shoulders, and jaw pain like never before. Most (if not all) of us are bearing much greater loads of stress than usual. At times we’re aware of this stress, but often it exists as a subconscious thrum, wearing on us over time.

I realized the extent of this for myself a few weeks ago, when I woke up in the middle of the night grinding my teeth, shaking, and overcome by waves of nausea… My first response was, of course, “well crap, I’m sick!” As I gained awareness of my racing breath and pounding heart, however, it became clear that my physical symptoms were ultimately the manifestation of my mental condition.

And I’m not the only one! As I conversed with friends, clients, and physical therapists alike, it became clear that many of us are facing similar scenarios. After all, there’s only so much stress we can handle before it starts affecting us physically. This often begins with exhaustion and escalates to muscle tension, resulting in poor posture, exacerbated muscle imbalances, and pain.

On top of the stress, many of us are spending long hours staring at computer screens, craning our necks as we attempt to work from our couches, and finding ourselves sedentary for even longer stretches of time than “usual.” These conditions perpetuate the same tension detailed above.

What’s more? With limited access to gyms and in-person fitness classes, many are omitting exercise from their routines. Even as a fitness professional, responsible for teaching online fitness classes and providing HEP, I’ve found myself struggling to keep up the motivation to exercise. It’s easy to feel burnt out when the options are limited!

Unfortunately, reducing activity is (in most cases) the last thing we should do (see: “Dealing the Magic Drug”), once again perpetuating stress, tension, poor posture, muscle imbalances, and pain.

What does this mean for PT?

On one hand, the physical consequences of the pandemic increase the demand for physical therapists, creating an opportunity for physical therapy practices. On the other hand, increased demand plus the challenges of telehealth can easily make for burnout and added stress. PtEverywhere recognizes the challenges of this time and remains committed to helping you prevent burnout and overcome the obstacles of telehealth through an all-in-one mobile software. PtEverywhere.com is designed to simplify your practice management through the coordination of scheduling, payments, charting, HEP, telehealth, messaging, and more… all working together seamlessly! The objective is that through the promotion of organization and efficiency, PtEverywhere relieves your stress so you can more effectively provide for your patients.

Dealing the Magic Drug

We live in a world riddled with disease and discomfort. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic inflammation, anxiety, depression, musculoskeletal imbalance… and right now? COVID-19. The last of these has many of us reflecting on our health more than ever before.

Our culture has us looking for a quick fix… cue the fad diets and magic pills. Realistically, however, do these things really work? Or are they just the trendy stops on the road to a better quality of life? Exercise could be the occam’s razor of this chaotic season – when it is easy to feel defenseless.

Not only are we concerned about the health of ourselves and our loved ones, but we find ourselves overwhelmed with information, often struggling to understand the scope of the issues we face. This chaos can (understandably) leave us feeling entirely out of control.

Thankfully, there is something we can do. Each one of us has the ability to strengthen our own internal line of defense: the immune system. Physical Therapists are in a unique position to guide us in behaviors that will increase their bodies’ natural ability to fight off disease, empowering them to take control of their health and improve quality of life. What’s more? Through HEP, home exercise videos, and the daily health tracker, PtEverywhere.com empowers therapists to empower their patients!

Exercise helps immune cells to function effectively by increasing blood flow and lymphatic drainage, reducing stress, and strengthening antibodies.

• Increased Blood Flow: Increased circulation improves nutrient delivery to key organs of the immune system including the bone marrow and spleen. On the other side of that coin, improving blood circulation increases the body’s ability to flush out waste.

• Increased Lymphatic Drainage: The Lymphatic system is the body’s first line of defense, transporting and filtering the fluid that carries antibodies, lymphocytes, and bacteria. It takes the “good guys” (antibodies and lymphocytes) to the frontlines and carries away the “enemy” (bacteria). Movement is central to lymphatic drainage, as, unlike the circulatory system, no internal force is pushing the lymph into circulation. Exercise very literally pushes the lymphatic system into defense.

• Decreased Stress: Largely due to the hormone corticosteroid, stress reduces the body’s ability to fight off antigens, increasing susceptibility to infection. Further, chronic stress puts additional strain on the circulatory system, limiting the functions listed under the “increased blood flow” header. In slowing down the release of stress hormones, facilitating endorphin release, and allowing for mental space, exercise is one of the best ways in which individuals can reduce stress.

• Strengthened Antibodies: Exercise causes a shift in white blood cells, increasing the speed by which they circulate through the body, such that they may be able to identify infection sooner than they would otherwise be able.

In addition to the above bullets, exercise temporarily increases body temperature. Similarly to a fever, this temporary rise in body temperature may prevent bacteria from growing and increase the body’s ability to fight off infection. Lastly, exercise helps to cleanse the lungs, potentially clearing respiratory pathogens

The role of your Physical Therapist is now more important than ever. PTs get us into position to move optimally. Not only this, but they educate us on the benefits of a decision to take our plan of care seriously. By educating and prescribing HEP, PTs provide not only the “how,” but the “why.” The “why” is often what motivates patients to move beyond temporary practices to sustainable lifestyle adjustments, as physical therapists create a lifelong positive impact on their patients. In the current age of telehealth, this extra boost of motivation and accountability makes all the difference. Movement is medicine. Your physical therapist is here to help – and can do so even more successfully through PtEverywhere!

Knock, Knock… The Clinic is Here

For concierge PTs (physical therapists), there are certainly some challenges that come along with delivering patient (Pt) care on the go. Mobile physical therapy is an exciting business model that enables practitioners to engage with their patients in any given environment; however it comes not without obstacles.

Traditional brick and mortar offices make it easier to organize important documents, but if a provider’s office is a vehicle, this presents a hurdle to strike the ideal balance of organization and mobility.

In concierge practices, even more so than others, it becomes a necessity to consolidate the paperwork that would normally be filed away somewhere in large cabinets within a single, permanent location. New mobile practice owners quickly learn the importance of maximizing operational efficiency, as more of their time is required to travel from appointment to appointment. Setting up secure (HIPAA compliant) systems that are simple and effective in a mobile environment is paramount.

Mobile technology replaces pen and paper for many concierge physical therapy practices. However, finding a complete system that functions seamlessly on both the web and a mobile app was previously difficult to find. To an even greater extent, finding an EMR or practice management system that was designed first and foremost for PTs (physical therapists) and Pts (patients) was even more difficult to discover.

Thankfully, PtEverywhere.com came to the rescue with a mobile app that caters to both the care provider and the patient alongside a traditional desktop web-based solution. This winds up being extremely useful for practitioners providing treatment in patients’ homes and in their gyms.

PtEverywhere’s cross-platform application supplies concierge physical therapy trailblazers the necessary tools to ensure that their portable PT care is organized, professional, and impactful.

Practice Management Suite in Your Pocket.

On the web. On your iPhone or iPad. On your Android Device. PtEverywhere is a true “everywhere” solution that doesn’t require users to fumble on their mobile browsers to get to where they’re going. Instead, users can conveniently access secure data using Face ID or Touch ID.

Patient Portal.

Physical therapy puts power back into the hands of the patient in more ways than one. It is important that patients feel like they are regaining control of their life. The PtEverywhere patient portal promotes patient engagement through a clear and accessible plan of care, including custom home exercise programs, reminders, and a daily health tracker.

Personalized Experience.

Thanks to the app and patient portal, patients are given access to information that is tailored solely to them. Physical therapy is not one size fits all, and PtEverywhere enables easy customization so therapists can personalize their patients’ experience throughout their plan of care and beyond.

Paperless Practice.

Put an end to the seemingly endless paper trail. In addition to cloud-based documentation for therapists, patients can complete paperless online forms (including intake forms, consent forms, and outcome measurements). Patients can download superbills and easily upload an X-Ray, MRI, or MD prescription directly to their chart.

PtEverywhere makes it easier than ever for concierge physical therapists to navigate the potentially treacherous waters of running a mobile practice. Finally — an app for physical therapists who are making mobility mobile by bringing world-class care directly to the patient.

Online Physical Therapy 101

COVID-19 rocked our world. With health and social responsibility as the priority, physical therapy practices rely on telehealth or telemedicine now more than ever.

PTs (physical therapists) and Pts (patients) are utilizing modern technology to communicate with one another from the comfort and safety of their homes. Business owners everywhere are adapting to survive.

If you are thinking about taking your practice online, here are some basic tips that will aid you in implementing telehealth.

1. Find a quiet space

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but whether you are in your office or living room make sure you are free from any background noise or distractions. This can include any distracting clutter that could potentially take away from the visit.

2. Optimize your camera and lighting

Before you begin taking patients online, make sure your video quality and lighting are optimal.

If you are simply talking to patients one on one, make sure your camera is at eyelevel. Having your camera set to eyelevel makes it easier to make eye-contact and ensures that both you and your patient are staying engaged.

If you are doing more complex activities like demonstrating exercises on camera, then you may want to consider some additional background lighting.

Tablets, iPhones, and other smartphones are also viable platforms to conduct telehealth visits. Many of them have built-in cameras with excellent video and sound quality alongside the added mobility and flexibility of a mobile device.

Should you decide to broadcast from your very capable smartphone, there are many gadgets available that can turn your mobile device into a fully equipped studio.

3. Choose the appropriate software for your practice

Examine and evaluate your physical therapy practice’s needs and determine what software is the perfect fit for you (wink, wink).

It is important to analyze your set-up and goals. Then, determine your practice’s needs from there. Consider asking some of the following questions:

• Do you need a practice management solution that includes telehealth on both a web browser and a mobile app?
• What level of experience do you want to deliver to your patients?
• How important is to you to save time by combining your schedule, forms, notes, billing, and HEP to work in unison with your telehealth platform?

Many new “telehealth” platforms are now flooding the market, but it is important to look at all of your needs as a physical therapist and choose a trusted and proven software provider.

PtEverywhere.com provides a cross-platform application that is compatible on desktops, laptops, Androids, and Apple devices and includes HIPAA-compliant telehealth features.

It is also available to use on all internet browsers, although PtEverywhere recommends using Google Chrome for an optimal experience.

4. Have “Built-in” Troubleshooting and Tech Support

If your clinic has more than a couple practicing physical therapists, it might be a good idea identify an “in-house” tech specialist among the group.

This means appointing one person to become an expert on the appropriate applications and technology and ensuring that important information and education are relayed to all other personnel involved.

For those of you who are flying solo in this climate, the same message still applies. It is imperative to acquaint yourself with any new applications and technology; expect the unexpected. If you fail to prepare, you may have to prepare to fail. Anticipate hiccups and remedy them before they happen.

5. Smile!

Telerehabilitation might not be the first choice for some patients, but there are many benefits when you embrace this technology. It is up to you to remain optimistic and continue to engage the patient with effective and impactful treatment.

In addition to changing individual lives through physical therapy, remote care can save your practice today and grow your practice tomorrow. And that’s something to smile about on the big screen.

Telehealth Today

In the wake of the COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic, many healthcare providers including physical therapists are taking considerable steps toward moving their practices online. The coronavirus has forced patients and providers alike to make massive changes without much notice.

On the other hand, it is a great opportunity for physical therapists to expand their practices. The capabilities of telemedicine are continuously growing and it is worth looking into implementing these features to further optimize patient care.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recently released a list of Telehealth Top 10 “To-Dos”. This list provides some excellent guidance for operating telehealth, specifically through a platform like PtEverywhere.

PtEverywhere offers a variety of features that makes this transition from a brick and mortar physical therapy practice to the remote convenience of telehealth. Finally, there is a cross-platform application that makes it easy to access sensitive patient documentation remotely and securely.

PtEverywhere’s telehealth platform is encrypted, secure, and HIPAA-compliant. It is easy to use and can be accessed via the web, on Android, or on iPhones. PTs (physical therapists) and Pts (patients) can keep connected and discuss any patient concerns on a secured connection.

People are hurting and need movement experts now more than ever.  “Weekend Warriors” have turned into “Weekday Warriors”; and overuse injuries are rampant among many stir-crazy Americans.  On the other end of the spectrum, millions of people have replaced an active lifestyle with dangerous sedentary living; stuck on the couch, watching Netflix.

Telehealth provides a solution for physical therapists to help many people in need through evaluation, education, demonstrations, and remote programming. PtEverywhere provides a platform for all of this and more.

The patient portal enables patients to access any of their information from their laptops, tablets, or phones. Through this feature, patients have access to home exercise programs, progress tracking, online forms, scheduling and payment available at their fingertips.

Stay-at-home doesn’t have to mean staying still. Thanks to telehealth platforms, physical therapists have the means to keep providing their patients with excellent care and ensure that there are no hitches in their plans of care.

On the other hand, patients can still count on receiving the same quality of care that they would by visiting a PT practice in person; only now, they can do it from the comfort and safety of their homes.

No risk. No exposure. Only continued care and more flexibility.
For many, telehealth may be a temporary bandage for those looking to provide care while the world is under quarantine. Exemplary physical therapy should be deemed an “essential business” and should not be placed on hold. Thanks to telehealth and PtEverywhere, it doesn’t have to be.

Telehealth & COVID-19

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, it is important now more than ever to play it safe.  Unfortunately, playing it safe means cancellations and delays of colossal events like SXSW and Coachella and suspensions or the removal of live spectators from the excitement of “March Madness”, NBA games, and ATP events.

Originating in China and spreading to 31 different countries, including the United States, COVID-19 or the coronavirus is bringing entertainment and classrooms alike to a screeching halt.  Institutions like Harvard and UCLA have joined the many universities that have sent their students packing in the virus’ wake.

However, one thing you cannot put on hold is your health.

Preliminary data suggests that the virus can be transmitted person to person and people with compromised immune systems are particularly at risk. For many, leaving the safety of their home is simply not an option.

Fortunately, telehealth is becoming a strikingly simple and effective alternative to providing in-person patient care to at-risk patients.

The House of Representatives recently included a provision in an $8.3 billion emergency response bill approved on March 6th that would temporarily lift restrictions on Medicare telehealth coverage to assist in the efforts to contain the virus.

The bill enables the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to “waive or modify application of certain Medicare requirements with respect to telehealth services furnished during certain emergency periods.”

Telehealth (also known as Telemedicine and Telerehabilitation) allows medical professionals, including physical therapy practitioners, to provide virtual care to patients in their homes. This is especially beneficial to PTs (physical therapists) and Pts (patients) alike, because it lowers the risk of exposure and eliminates any hitches in their care plans.

While the outbreak provides an additional risk for certain patients, it also gives telerehabilitation a chance to redefine itself. Typically seen as a convenience or luxury for most practitioners, it is now filling a pivotal gap in emergency patient care.

It is a way for therapists and patients to maneuver around the virus’ impact and utilize technology to consult, advise, and plan ahead. For example, physical therapists and patients are able to video chat using HIPAA-compliant software to resolve any issues and ensure that care plans are being executed properly.

In the face of a medical emergency, it is up to all care providers to ensure that patients feel safe and empowered even in the face of an outbreak. Thanks to secure messaging and video chat software, providers and patients alike can greatly reduce the fear and risk of being exposed to the coronavirus.

Telehealth does not eliminate the risk completely, but it is insurance for the one thing that can’t be canceled or put on hold: your health.

You Can’t Spell “LOVE” Without Pt

It is February once again and love is in the air. It is the season and an opportunity for everyone to come a little closer and express our affections for our significant others, families, and even our fur babies. However, something that should not be overlooked is the labor of love we perform each day.

In the everyday operations of running a physical therapy clinic, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the taxing clerical work that goes into the process. Valentine’s Day is here and while everyone is focused on their significant others, there is a key relationship that should not be forgotten.

The relationship between physical therapist (PT) and patient (Pt).

It can be overwhelming for a single clinician to give equal care to every single patient as the practice expands. However, there are many tools available to alleviate the work load.

A growing number of physical therapists are operating cash-based practices, because this gives them more opportunity to care for patients one on one and focus specifically on their needs. Breaking free from the limitations of insurance contracts frees up a lot of time that would otherwise be spent on paperwork.

There is still the challenge of maintaining a practice and managing a busy schedule with numerous patients that have a myriad of different physical therapy care plans. Thankfully, PtEverywhere.com has many features to help any physical therapy practice run more efficiently.

PtEverywhere’s practice management suite furthers PTs’ ability to engage with patients one on one. Many features are implemented to take advantage of new technology and eliminate the need for filing cabinets and other antiquated systems:

– Electronic Medical Records (EMR) – PtE’s cross-platform app stores patient information on a readily available and easy to organize cloud storage. Utilizing cloud technology eliminates the need for paper charts and allows practitioners to pull up important patient information on the fly.

– Home Exercise Prescription (HEP) videos – Instead of giving patients the traditional pen and paper prescription, physical therapists are enabled to upload exercise videos to a patient portal and provide better guidance and greater convenience.

– Telehealth – like FaceTime, but HIPAA-compliant. Telehealth (also known as Telemedicine and Telerehabilitation) enables physical therapists to communicate over video chat with their patients over an encrypted and secured connection, thus ensuring confidentiality.

Physical therapists and patients have access to the cross-platform PtEverywhere app to ensure an ongoing dialogue and relationship between each other. Not only does PtE eliminate a lot of the stress that goes into managing documentation, but it fosters the relationship between therapist and patient.

When you are in the business of helping people, you do not want to lose sight of your primary objective: caring for patients and helping them reach their goals. Physical therapy is a labor of love that heals people and enriches their lives without the use of potentially harmful drugs or surgeries.

PtE is ultimately here to help physical therapists connect with who really matters: the patient.

New Decade, New Possibilities

Each new year comes with endless possibilities. It is a time for self-reflection and to set goals and work towards the betterment of yourself and the world around you.

With 2020, we have the privilege of ushering in a new decade—brimming with the potential to benefit ourselves and the communities around us.

In the world of physical therapy, this branches out in the form of a new wave of physical therapists; those who favor a more patient-centered therapy experience. An experience that truly favors and values the patient and their goals.

It may have been difficult in the past to fulfill the PT needs of patients due to the limitations of physical therapy technology and software, and other external strains as well.

PtEverywhere.com is proud to ring in 2020 and the new decade with a fresh and exciting take on physical therapy software that enables these new and innovative PT practices to better organize and optimize patient care and information.

PtEverywhere organizes everything practitioners need for managing a practice in one condensed easy to run platform that puts the patient at the center of everything.

It gives physical therapists control of their practice right at their fingertips; a cross-platform app gives users the flexibility to access it from their computers, tablets, and other mobile devices.

It is an exciting platform that provides physical therapists with the means to access payment information, HIPAA-compliant forms, and online scheduling amongst other things.

Physical therapy patients will also be empowered through the app to watch home exercise videos (HEP), view superbills, and more easily communicate and engage with their physical therapists.

PtEverywhere.com is excited to usher in the new decade with an innovative solution for cash-based physical therapists and their patients.

Software that both PTs (physical therapists) and Pts (patients) will find useful in progressing their goals for the new year.

The Pros and Cons of Traveling Physical Therapy

Traveling physical therapists, as the name suggests, are professionals who are similar to outpatient focused physical therapists with one key difference. While outpatient physical therapists are usually limited to one area, traveling physical therapists make no such distinction. Whether it is the next city or the next state, traveling physical therapists will go wherever they are needed. While this does pose some challenges, it also comes with its benefits. Read on for a quick rundown of the major pros and cons of traveling physical therapy.

Con: Strains of Traveling

With travel being a part of the job, the logistics of it all will require a significant amount of effort. Assignments will have you go from state to state, often uprooting your life for several months to see a job through. And while the physical strains of constant travel are familiar to many, there’s another issue that traveling physical therapists will have to deal with. A study conducted by the University School of Medicine in Saint Louis reveals that the strains of constant travel raise the risk of depression, which could make individuals more prone to other mental disorders down the line. This, coupled with the physical strain of constantly moving is something that potential traveling physical therapists should consider before taking on the job.

Pro: Accommodating Underserved Areas

An article on Medical News Today lists the most common conditions that physical therapists treat, which include debilitating conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke paralysis, and vestibular dysfunction. To call these cases severe is a gross understatement, and it’s only made harder for the people who have no access to proper treatment. Indeed, Maryville University states that there is a need for healthcare practitioners in hard to reach areas, like rural and inner-city communities. This issue becomes redundant with traveling physical therapists, as they can go to wherever their services are needed. This means patients in underserved areas can receive the much-needed treatment they would otherwise have no access to.

Con: Lack of Patients

While it can certainly be helpful for people in underserved areas, finding a steady stream of physical therapy patients while constantly traveling to different locations across the country could prove to be a difficult task. And seeing as patients are the lifeblood of the physical therapy industry, it could put the traveling practitioner in a tight spot when it comes to financial security. A quick fix for this would be the PtEverywhere app that serves as an all-in-one physical therapy clinic management solution. It lets physical therapists connect with patients via a HIPAA compliant patient portal that provides convenient online and mobile scheduling, documentation (EMR), and home exercise programs (HEP). Traveling physical therapists no longer have to scour for multiple software platforms to attract, connect, motivate, and retain new patients thanks to this app.

Pro: Financial Incentives

While it may be a little more difficult to find clients as a traveling physical therapist, the job does come with a number of financial incentives. Seeing as jobs of this nature are considered more specialized, they come with higher hourly rates, bonuses, and living fees depending on how long a particular job lasts. Not to mention that traveling could land you a job in a state that pays physical therapists more for their services. Forbes notes that some states pay their physical therapists more than others, with the state of Nevada being the highest at $107,920. This is in stark contrast to the national average rate, which is at $57,652.