When compared to an initial visit with a primary care physician, patients who initially received care for new-onset low back pain from a chiropractor, physical therapist, or acupuncturist were at lower odds for early and long-term opioid use.
Healthcare technology companies have improved their ability to deliver physical therapy and other services remotely. Technology that can be delivered to a patient’s phone, tablet, or laptop has enabled case managers to refer patients to physical therapy services — even as the patients remain at home for safety or transportation reasons.
In a small, randomized, controlled trial of patients with knee osteoarthritis, those who received physical therapy reported less pain and functional disability at one year than those who received one or more glucocorticoid intra-articular injections.
When patients dont show up for their appointments, the natural first step for many practices is to penalize the patient. But the problem might not lie with the patient, and if it doesnt, charging the patient a missed-appointment fee or kicking him or her off the patient roster wont improve the clinics no-show and cancellation rate.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) plans to launch a new national initiative this fall called Steps to a HealthierUS Workforce, aimed at integrating worker healthy lifestyle promotion with the NIOSH mission of protecting and improving working conditions and work environment.
If planning isnt already under way, the time is now for your hospital to get ready for implementation of the Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Acts (HIPAA) security rule, which takes effect April 21, 2005.