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Weekly News Scan: Patient Engagement Technology 2020 Trend, Mindsets for Culture Change, Coding Complication for PT Practices, Spine Patients Manage Pain with VR

Welcome to the first news scan of 2020! This week we focus on trends in patient engagement technology, how CEOs can impact culture, coding complications from CSM, and how virtual reality is helping spine surgery patients manage pain.

We hope you enjoy!

Patient Engagement Technology Looms Large for 2020 Health Trends, Patient Engagement HIT, December 27, 2019:

Medical providers can expect patient experience to go digital this year as the shift to consumerism in healthcare continues to gain momentum. This article provides interviews with three healthcare leaders to learn how they will be using patient engagement technology in their organizations in the year ahead to create a more consumer-oriented experience.

4 Mindsets CEOs Can Use to Change Culture, Becker’s Hospital Review, December 30, 2019:

As 2020 gets underway, this article is a good reminder that one person can make a big impact on their organization’s culture. Read this article to learn four mindsets leaders can use to affect cultural change at their organizations, according to the Harvard Business Review.

Time to Act: Surprise Coding Complication Ignores Realities of PT Practice and Must be Changed, PT in Motion, January 2, 2020:

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled an unwelcome surprise when it announced it will no longer allow two frequently used therapy billing codes to be used in combination with evaluation codes. This change flies in the face of standard PT practice and effective patient care. The APTA is encouraging therapists to let CMS and the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) contractor hear loud and clear how this restricts patient access to effective, efficient care, and puts outcomes at risk. Read the article for more information about the new coding rules and what you can do to help resolve this problem.

Spine Patients Manage Pain with Virtual Reality at North Carolina practice — 5 Things to Know, Becker’s Spine Review, January 2, 2020:

Watch this news report to learn how patients at BreakThrough Physical Therapy are using physical therapy and virtual reality to help manage pain after surgery, rather than relying on pills. This has not only cut down on opioid usage; it has lowered costs by 45 percent among post-surgical patients in the program for one year.

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