Part 3: Table of Contents Patients have many options when it comes to choosing their PT, so you’ll need to give them plenty of compelling reasons to pick you over another practitioner. The key to this lies in your marketing plan. What most practice owners don’t realize is that continuing to nurture their current patients is just as important as getting your business name in front of new patients, and in the following section we will address some of the ways you can begin marketing your new practice so that you can grow and maintain a steady patient flow. As we have established, marketing is critical to your success. To develop a strategy that will bring the patients you want to work with into your business, you will need to focus on attracting and keeping patients who need your services. This requires an approach that crosses multiple inbound marketing channels, and the first thing you need to do is define the following: Your Target Audience – As a physical therapy practice, you will market to two major client segments for most business models: referring physicians and consumers. Strategies to Reach Your Target – What will you do to get your name in front of your patients? There are several methods of marketing, and you’ll need to decide what is best suited to you. Owned Media is any marketing you have direct control over or own the responsibility for. This kind of marketing is great because there is a minimal monetary investment and you maintain full control, but it can require a hefty time investment to achieve success. Examples of this type of media marketing are patient and referral email marketing, social media pages, Google My Business listings, your website, and blogs. Earned Media is the awareness that you receive rather than broadcast yourself, such as public relations and third-party validation. This is often the lowest monetary investment but does require nurturing relationships, your time, and typically something unique to activate it. Examples of this type of media marketing are conferences and speaking engagements, editorial pieces, press releases, newspaper articles, live segments from local news sources. Paid Media is marketing that you pay to activate, and it includes both traditional and digital media. Most new business owners think of this type of marketing first. This strategy has a wide audience reach and is less time-intensive than other forms of marketing, but conversely, it is more expensive and still requires content creation. Some examples include mailed and printed advertisements, television, and radio, google ads and paid social advertising as well as event sponsorships. Messaging – In the beginning, your marketing strategy will be to target your messaging to new patients and new referral sources, but as you build your book of business, you will also need to continue to nurture your existing patients and referrers. Understand how to segment your Allocate Resources – When identifying Evaluate Outcomes – It is critical to
Marketing Your New Practice
messaging to nurture patients -- past, present, and future.
available resources consider people, time, and budget. Which people in your practice can assist with your marketing tasks? Of those people, which of them have the time to assist without vacating their current responsibilities? Finally, determine your available budget. A breakdown of your budget will help you understand how to allocate your resources and select the appropriate style and frequency of marketing for you.
evaluate your marketing efforts and make adjustments, execute again, and then evaluate again. Marketing is not a silver bullet; it requires continuous adjustment to receive maximum return on investment. Marketing can be one of the most complex and consuming tasks in your new practice, but it’s also imperative to do it well. We’ve created a series of guides that help practice owners learn to effectively market their practice, and you can find them below.
Part 3: Table of Contents
Patients have many options when it comes to choosing their PT, so you’ll need to give them plenty of compelling reasons to pick you over another practitioner. The key to this lies in your marketing plan. What most practice owners don’t realize is that continuing to nurture their current patients is just as important as getting your business name in front of new patients, and in the following section we will address some of the ways you can begin marketing your new practice so that you can grow and maintain a steady patient flow.
As we have established, marketing is critical to your success. To develop a strategy that will bring the patients you want to work with into your business, you will need to focus on attracting and keeping patients who need your services. This requires an approach that crosses multiple inbound marketing channels, and the first thing you need to do is define the following:
Your Target Audience – As a physical therapy practice, you will market to two major client segments for most business models: referring physicians and consumers.
Strategies to Reach Your Target – What will you do to get your name in front of your patients? There are several methods of marketing, and you’ll need to decide what is best suited to you.
Owned Media is any marketing you have direct control over or own the responsibility for. This kind of marketing is great because there is a minimal monetary investment and you maintain full control, but it can require a hefty time investment to achieve success. Examples of this type of media marketing are patient and referral email marketing, social media pages, Google My Business listings, your website, and blogs.
Earned Media is the awareness that you receive rather than broadcast yourself, such as public relations and third-party validation. This is often the lowest monetary investment but does require nurturing relationships, your time, and typically something unique to activate it. Examples of this type of media marketing are conferences and speaking engagements, editorial pieces, press releases, newspaper articles, live segments from local news sources.
Paid Media is marketing that you pay to activate, and it includes both traditional and digital media. Most new business owners think of this type of marketing first. This strategy has a wide audience reach and is less time-intensive than other forms of marketing, but conversely, it is more expensive and still requires content creation. Some examples include mailed and printed advertisements, television, and radio, google ads and paid social advertising as well as event sponsorships.
Messaging – In the beginning, your marketing strategy will be to target your messaging to new patients and new referral sources, but as you build your book of business, you will also need to continue to nurture your existing patients and referrers. Understand how to segment your
Allocate Resources – When identifying
Evaluate Outcomes – It is critical to
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Branding is critical, it can help to form the general public’s opinion about your business when they hear your name. It is key to attracting the right people to your business. Your brand is your name, your logo, and your aesthetic! The look and feel of your clinic should reflect what you want your clients to think of your practice. Soft color palettes might evoke relaxation, while high contrast colors could represent high energy and motion. Carefully consider what clientele you want to serve and develop your brand to reflect them.
Just as your physical therapy practice has a brick-and-mortar presence, it also has a digital doorstep! Your online presence is critical to the success of your physical location. In a survey of more than 1,700 U.S. adults, 4 out of 5 patient respondents have used the internet to make healthcare-related searches in the past year and 63% chose one provider over another because of a strong online presence. With this knowledge, you will need to set up the following:
A Robust Website
Include lots of calls to action and a way for patients to book appointments online if you can.
Social Media Pages
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Online Provider Directories
Google My Business Listing
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Google Pay-Per-Click Advertising Campaigns
This is integral to your search engine optimization strategy, and it gets your practice to show up in local search results.
Paid-Social Advertising Campaigns
One of the quickest ways to reach prospective patients is through online advertising. Both Google ads and Facebook ads allow you to set up highly targeted audiences so you can be very specific about who your ads are served up to.
Digital advertising is a fast, and measurable way of getting in front of your target audience. Analytics associated with paid advertising campaigns allow you to see what is working and what’s not with the added benefit of being able to make real-time adjustments. You can even re-allocate more resources to one ad over another based on its performance – and you should do that.
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Most of the business models for physical therapy practices rely on building relationships with other health professionals. If you recall, you researched prospective providers before choosing your
location. Now is the time to begin your outreach to those potential referral sources. You will need to help them understand what services you provide and how you differ from other practices in the area offering similar services. You can even offer special incentives – such as a promise to get their patients in within a shorter time frame than a typical referral, or you include something free for every new patient – like a fall risk assessment, for instance.
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Recognize that building these relationships takes time so you may need to visit referral sources every few weeks. Bring your business cards and an informational flyer or brochure that makes it easy for them to schedule their patients with you. Set aside time in your schedule regularly to network and foster these relationships, it is critical to your new business!
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Join Community Events
Be an active participant in your community! Begin fostering a reputation for helpfulness and community outreach. Host speaking events, or sponsor something for a local school! If you offer pediatric sports rehabilitation, sponsoring a sports team at the local middle school and high school could be a great way to get your name out in the community for what you do.
Effectively Running a Physical Therapy Practice
Now that you’ve set up your practice space and you have a marketing plan for how to build a book of business, your next focus needs to be on how to effectively run your physical therapy practice. You are ultimately preparing to maximize your growth and achieve your greatest potential as a private practice owner in the physical therapy industry.
Since January of 2014, all physicians’ offices and hospitals require an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system. An EMR is where all patient documentation is stored and managed. It helps providers, patients and payers have access to clear electronic records at the touch of a button. The right EMR should provide you with:
- Compliance support for every reporting regulation
- Security for your patient data
- Digital Charting
- Order Entry
- Clinical Reporting
- Outcomes Reporting
You should also choose practice management software to help you in your daily operations. The system that you choose will become the foundation on which the day-to-day tasks of running your practice rests. Be sure to select a system that is easy to use, can scale according to your practice growth, and is also affordable. This system should have:
Financial and operational reporting
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Client Management system
Financial Administrative Tasks
While many start-up practice owners initially take on the financial management and accounting responsibilities of their new business, it is advisable to invest in a bookkeeper or accountant who has experience with small healthcare businesses. The financial advice they can offer will save you time and money in the long run. They will also be skilled in making financial projections, giving you a good idea of the financial health of your practice.
Ready, Set, Grow Your Practice!
Cultivate a growth mindset from the beginning. While it is exciting to get your first few patients in your doors and on the books, constantly look at ways to improve every aspect of your practice to encourage its growth. Check in to your business plan regularly and keep a pulse on the ideas you initially had for your business.
Tracking & Analysis KPI's
Tracking your business metrics let you improve results and meet important objectives within your practice. A healthy cash flow and an actionable way to achieve your business goals are to measure key performance indicators (KPI’s) for your new physical therapy practice. Do you know what your rent should be versus your net sales? Or that only 15% of your referrals should come from any single group? These metrics are critical to the health of your business, and you need to be tracking them daily/weekly/monthly/yearly to have a comprehensive understanding of the health of your business.
Competition is increasing and patients are seeking options that will supplement their wellness. Cash-based products and services allow you to position your practice ahead of the curve and become a primary resource for your patients. There is so much value in being able to serve your patients and creating a positive patient experience. There are five different categories to consider:
Products as an Extension of Therapy
These products extend what is already being done in the patient’s therapy program and are often thought of as a home program. This may come in the form of exercise equipment or as a product for modalities – such as a hot pack or ice pack.
These require a bit more work to sell and are no ‘on the shelf’ but can help correct an issue a patient is having, like orthotics or a knee brace.
Modality Services – These services require some training and are not covered by insurance, like laser therapy and dry needling.
Ancillary Service Providers
These are products that fall into a ‘recommended for you’ category, highlighted to patients who might find them beneficial based upon needs that come to light during treatment. For example, hearing aids, nutrition, personal training, and massage therapy.
Remember not to add anything if it means overextending yourself and your practice. These offerings won’t, and should not, replace your core therapy services, only enhance them. If you do decide to start adding cash-based services, remember to test them first. Add one and see how it does, give it six months and go all in – evaluate at the end to see if it was worth the time, effort, and investment. If not, try something new. Cash-based services help to mitigate declining reimbursements and garner more referrals from providers.
Private practice ownership has incredible appeal, but it’s not for everyone. The task of starting your own business can be daunting. But above all else, the most important thing to do when starting your physical therapy private practice is to have a clear plan for everything that you will need to get started.
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Essentially, all of the owners must be licensed and at least 51% must be licensed physical therapists. Further, the other 49% must come from this list: Licensed physicians and surgeons. Licensed doctors of podiatric medicine.
When it comes to weaknesses, you can say that you are sometimes over sympathetic, and struggle to forget your job in your personal life. Alternatively you can pick a weakness that does not matter for physios–poor team management skills, lack of computer skills, etc.
The short answer is — yes. But that response comes with a caveat. If you plan to look up a bunch of exercises online and try doing them whenever you can find the time, your at-home physical therapy regimen is probably not going to work very well. Physical therapy is beneficial for a multitude of injuries and illnesses.
Arrive Early and Dress to Impress
If you're applying for a job as a PT, a suit and tie may not be necessary, but definitely arrive in nice slacks and a dress shirt. I would personally recommend choosing to wear either a tie or a suit jacket. Dress slacks and a blouse or suit jacket is appropriate for women.
How much does a Physical Therapy Clinic Owner make in California? As of Oct 30, 2022, the average annual pay for a Physical Therapy Clinic Owner in California is $48,667 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $23.40 an hour.
This option is highly appreciable but one needs to have enough experience to start a clinic of their own. A Physiotherapist also needs to register himself/herself with MIAP which stands for Member of Indian Association of Physiotherapists. I hope you find this information helpful.
- 2020 is here and with it comes new challenges. The physical therapy landscape has changed dramatically in 2020. ...
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- Telehealth Services. ...
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- PT Self Care.
Significant Physical Demands
As a PT, you can be required to lift patients out of their beds and help support them as they walk or perform floor exercises during their treatment. Therapists are on their feet throughout the treatment phase, guiding the patient to achieve their physical health objectives.
For the treatment to be effective, we highly recommend performing these exercises around 3 to 5 times a week for 2 to 3 weeks.
So, how do you know when to stop going to physical therapy? The decision to stop physical therapy should be one made in collaboration with your physical therapist and your physician, but 2 very different reasons it may be time to end PT include: You've reached your goals. You're not seeing progress.
Physical therapists need to touch patients to feel layers of muscles and joint mechanics.
The responsibilities of a physical therapist include:
Consulting with patients to learn about their physical condition and symptoms. Diagnosing movement dysfunction and developing a treatment plan. Teaching patients how to properly use therapeutic exercise techniques. Providing stimulation or massage to promote healing.
Physical therapy is a dynamic profession and therapists need to maintain a certain conduct and possess certain qualities for success in this field of work. Along with being patient, knowledgeable, credible and compassionate, a therapist also needs to be organized while they work with many patients' day in and day out.
A physical therapist conducts her evaluations, treats her patients, documents all treatments (often written documentation can take 20-30% of the work day) attends inservices, which are educational training sessions for physical therapists by in-house and outside experts, and participates in interdisciplinary meetings.
- Sports medicine. Physical therapists who specialize in sports medicine treat professional and amateur athletes. ...
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A successful private practice can generate between $250,000 and $2,500,000 annually in gross revenue. The take-home profit can be anywhere between 20% to 30% of the total amount of gross revenue.
- Pick up extra physical therapy shifts. ...
- Provide telehealth services. ...
- Become a physical therapy consultant. ...
- Offer home therapy services. ...
- Become a personal trainer. ...
- Become a first aid course instructor. ...
- Get into healthcare and physical therapy freelance writing.
DPT stands for Doctor of Physical Therapy. That's a more advanced degree than many practicing physical therapists (PTs) have. Down the road, though, all practicing PTs will be DPTs.
APTA has a position, Use of the Title "Doctor " By Physical Therapists (HOD P06-06-21-14) that states: "The American Physical Therapy Association supports the use of the title of 'Doctor of Physical Therapy' only for those physical therapists who have graduated from a DPT program.
In summary, most DPT programs cost less than $142k. Therefore, when you look at the level of income you receive (i.e. physical therapist salary both today and growing over time) and the lower risk to that income relative to just having an undergrad degree, then yes the DPT in our opinion is absolutely worth it.
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- #7. Career Growth. ...
- #1. Maintain High Hygiene Standards.
Physical therapists usually require more education than nurses. In the United States, physical therapy students must complete a doctoral degree, which often takes about seven years. A nurse may practice at much lower levels of education—the fastest route for starting a career in nursing is a two-year associate degree.
Every time you work with a patient, you will be responsible for completing a ton of documentation. This added workload can be very stressful, time-consuming and is one of the cons of being a physical therapist.
Physical therapist practice is guided by a set of seven core values: accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, profes- sional duty, and social responsibility.
Developing individualized treatment plans for patients. Outlining clear goals for patients and the expected outcomes of the plan. Using exercises, stretching, equipment, and hands-on therapy to manage patients' pain, increase mobility, and prevent further pain and injury.
Based on their distinctive knowledge and training, physical therapists provide a unique perspective on purposeful, precise, and efficient movement across the lifespan and use movement-related interventions to optimize functional capacity and performance.
it depends. With some tweaking of the modifiable factors: Where you work, how often you work, and what you do at work, it is possible for PTs to earn a $100,000 or more. In some settings such as outpatient and schools, it would be harder to reach this number due to lower profit margins.
Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 15,400 openings for physical therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade.
As for your path to becoming an OT or PT, therapy school for PTs is currently more extensive and will require a doctorate, while OT will require a Master's.
The average physical therapy session takes 30 to 90 minutes, and your physical therapist may start treatment right after the initial evaluation. This is dependent on how severe your injuries are and how long the prognosis is to a full recovery.
Apart from the frequency, each session may last between 30 and 60 minutes in length. While two to three visits in a week may appear to be too much, especially if you have just sustained an injury or undergone surgery, it is important to understand why regular visits are necessary.
Depending on your goals, starting point, and physical ability, one personal training session can be enough, although 1-3 personal training sessions per week is recommended. For those new to exercise, 2-3 personal training sessions per week is recommended to ensure that you develop proper form and a sustainable routine.
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- Occupational Physical Therapy. ...
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How long does physical therapy treatment take? A typical order for physical therapy will ask for 2-3 visits per week for 4-6 weeks. Sometimes the order will specify something different. What generally happens is for the first 2-3 weeks, we recommend 3x per week.
INTRODUCTION. It is the very nature of physical therapy to become very close with patients. As a health care professional, we are granted a license to touch other people.
Hugs may be acceptable in therapy, and sometimes they aren't. This is all dependent on various factors in the therapeutic relationship and individual characteristics of you and your therapist. Remember, your relationship with your clinician can be close — but it should remain a professional one.
We know many patients out there are afraid of physical therapy because they assume it will make them feel worse than they already do. This is not true, as physical therapy is actually designed to strengthen the muscles around your injury or medical condition to make you feel better over time.
Like a number of other businesses, physical therapists can organize as a sole proprietor, a partnership or a professional corporation.
When a physical therapist pursues his/her practice independently, they are most likely required by law to form either an LLC, PLLC, or professional corporation. In California, licensed physical therapists are only allowed to form their business through a professional corporation.
Becoming a professional counselor in California requires 3,000 hours of post-degree supervised experience as a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCI) registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. PCCI registration requires completion of the LPCC education requirements above.
CMS does not state that students cannot TREAT Medicare Part B patient/clients, they state that these services are not billable unless they are provided as per their letter (4 points above in FAQ 1).
As of 2020, all physical therapists must hold a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree to practice professionally. So, yes, a physical therapist is a doctor with the training and credentials to practice their medical specialty safely and effectively.
In California, licensed professionals are not permitted to form a limited liability company (“LLC”) for the purpose of rendering professional services.
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In order to be licensed as a physical therapist in the US, you must earn a doctorate in physical therapy.
Most counseling centers will benefit from starting a limited liability company (LLC). By starting an LLC for your counseling center, you can protect your personal assets and increase your tax options and credibility.
The question now is, “Can a non-physician own a medical practice in California?” The answer to this is NO! Only certain licensed health professionals can be owners or partners in a medical practice in California.
Does AB 5 apply to physical therapists? Yes. A number of professions are exempt such as doctors, psychologist, dentists, podiatrists, insurance agents, stockbrokers, lawyers, accountants, engineers, veterinarians, direct sellers, real estate agents, hairstylists, barbers, and travel agents.
In California, as in most states, anyone can call themselves a psychoanalyst, a counselor, a hypnotist a hypnotherapist or a psychotherapist without any kind of training or education. These titles are not regulated, licensed or controlled in any way.
To practise as an adult psychotherapist, you'll need to undertake appropriate recognised training. You'll usually need an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject and/or be a qualified and experienced healthcare practitioner, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health nurse or social worker.
Is teletherapy legal in California? California's telehealth laws allow only licensed therapists to provide teletherapy. If a lawfully permitted telehealth service is providing its clients a teletherapy, it is legal.
There's no limit on how much Medicare pays for your medically necessary outpatient therapy services in one calendar year.
Now, let's answer the question: “Can I doublebook and/or overlap Medicare patients for outpatient physical therapy services?” The answer is yes!