Blog PT News Roundup: The link between chronic conditions and Internet access, APTA launches a new nutrition page By Taylor Goldsmith, 06.09.17 FacebookTwitterLinkedin This week in the news, we look at six essential strategies to improving patient engagement, the link between chronic conditions and limited Internet access, how to tackle patient collections amid rising deductibles, and more. APTA Launches New Nutrition Webpage, PT in Motion, June 9, 2017: The APTA is taking a stand on nutrition. “Nutrition and Physical Therapy” just launched on the APTA website and looks to provide context and information to PTs on their role to “screen for and provide information on diet and nutritional issues to patient, clients and the community – within the bounds of the PTs scope of practice.” While there is a role for PTs to help patients understand the benefits of nutrition and wellness when receiving treatment, there are nuances to consider. This webpage looks to help PTs navigate the issues. Client’s insight on patient-centered care and why it matters to the private practice owner, IMPACT, June 6, 2017: Do you know how PT patients define patient-centered care? For a provider, it might sound something like, “providing care that is respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences, needs and values”, but do you know what the priorities of a patient are and what they would like to see out of each treatment? Cancer Rehab Austin conducted a survey to find out if their definition of patient care matched up with the patients definition. Learn about it and the survey results in this article. 6 essential strategies to improve patient engagement, Becker’s Hospital Review, June 6, 2017: In healthcare, “the last mile” is considered the point between developing a plan of care and getting patients to actively participate in the plan of care. Providers can do a great job of getting patients in the door and selling their knowledge and experience, but if a patient chooses not to participate in treatment, it’s all for nothing. Read on to get six essential strategies to help encourage active patient participation. How can a therapist keep patients on their plan of care? Download this free tip sheet to learn four ways to ensure patients follow through on their plan of care.Download Now A growing number of people with chronic conditions also lack internet access, Fierce Healthcare, June 9, 2017: Over 35 million people living across the United States in areas with high rates of chronic disease also have limited access to broadband connectivity. The FCC refers to this trend as a “double-burden” of need and according to new data, those numbers are increasing. Large healthcare provider groups like the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) are urging the FCC to offer more federal funding to provide internet access at rural healthcare facilities as a way to bring telehealth and digital health tools to these communities. For now, the FCC appears to be willing to restructure broadband policies, but they are also asking for help from other healthcare providers and stakeholders to help bring more wellness information to these communities. Payment plans tackle hospital patient collection challenges, RevCycleIntelligence, June 6, 2017: As high-deductible health plans grow in popularity, healthcare organizations have found themselves between a rock and a hard place and are struggling to collect payments from patients without compromising access to patient care. The answer, as one Missouri provider has found, could be in patient payment plans. While we’ve discussed the importance of implementing these in the past, they could become even more important when it comes to high-deductible plans as they’re a way to remove much of the financial stress from both patients and providers.