Therapy Means More Than Just PT

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

The more well-known and identifiable of the three therapy disciplines—physical, occupational and speech therapy—is generally physical therapy. PTs help people move. We address all manner of gross-motor skills and planning. We retrain muscles and movement patterns to achieve functional goals. Whether getting out of bed or returning to competitive sports, PTs can typically help. Physical therapy is a great offering, but the real power in rehabilitation is approaching each client’s medical condition with a multidisciplinary approach to insure we care for the whole person.
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Jack and Jill: The Whole Story

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

Jack and Jill went up the hill and got totally new hips. The following two cases (identifying information changed) occurred over the past 12 months and demonstrate the importance of communicating functional limitations to incorporate the whole patient rather than their current diagnosis and resultant presentation. By proper documentation and coding, we can show the value of therapy services to the populations we serve.

Jack is a 76-year-old male with a long medical history. His first hip replacement was in 1991 after falling from a ladder from about eight feet. Twenty-five years later, he needed a new prosthesis. Jack’s medical history includes heart disease
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Employee Testing Program . . . How to Get Started

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

Every business looks for that edge that allows them to have the most qualified and most capable employees. The key to creating this environment is to hire only those who are able to perform the job specific tasks required of them. Rehab departments can help local businesses achieve this goal, decrease the risk of injury, and decrease costs associated with worker’s compensation premiums by offering post-offer employment testing and fit-for-duty testing.

With some effort, functional employment testing programs can be built in almost any market.
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PT Aids in Miracle Recovery

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

As physical, occupational and speech therapists we see life-changing events almost daily. Dedicated patients push past their perceived limitations under our individualized care. Occasionally, we are blessed to participate in miraculous events. Kilah Dunn, PT had such an experience. Patient Anthony Crump has agreed to let us share a small portion of his story.
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Communication Is Always Key

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

It’s true! Communication is key, but the way we communicate is a huge part of it. I came across this blog post from Compliance Chat by Tom Ambury on communication and thought it was interesting, especially in thinking about our therapy departments – how we communicate to them from the home office, how they communicate among each other and to their patients.
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Take Credit for the Little Things

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

Often times I think we, as clinicians, sell ourselves short. We take for granted the education and training we have as if it were common sense.

I hear clinicians say things like, “what I provided there, anyone could have done. The patient didn’t need my services. That wasn’t skilled care,” after we’ve done something like taught an exercise, adjusted walker height, or other “simple” therapy tasks.
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Money Isn’t Everything

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

Money… what an interesting topic… it is important but so is liking what you do and where you work every day.

Many clinicians will unknowingly sign on with less-than-ideal companies because of the draw to high pay rates. Whether a new grad with huge loans or a seasoned clinician with some debt to pay off, I hear many clinicians say “I will do this or that for a few years just to get ahead.”
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CEU Opportunities Available and Important

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

Continuing education plays a crucial part in our ability to treat patients under the expectations of best and evidence-based practice. I’m excited that RehabVisions, as a company, is committed to providing opportunities for Continuing Education and to tapping into the expertise of our own therapy family.
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