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      National Pain Awareness Month: The Physical Therapy Impact

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      Pain is the worst part of a person's disability

      September is Pain Awareness Month, spotlighting the efforts of the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) initiative to lead over 80 organizations nationwide, encompassing health care professionals and consumer groups. Their goal is to support the effort to expand the reach of Partners for Understanding Pain, which impact people living with chronic and acute pain, and their caregiving families. 

      Together, these two organizations are striving to foster greater understanding among diverse audiences. These include those struggling with pain management, health care professionals, the business community, and legislators in a position to act on the public health issue of pain management. 

      How Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists Raise Awareness  

      National Pain Awareness Month 2022 provides opportunities for Physical Therapists (PT) and Occupational Therapists (OT) to notify people in need of what services are available. The ACPA provides resources for practitioners to use in their local awareness campaigns, through social media and news media outlets 

      Combining efforts with General Practitioners and other patient and client referral partners in their geographic area can magnify a campaign’s reach. Educating people in the community of therapy’s availability and effectiveness provides providers the opportunity to increase their community scope.  

      PTs and OTs offering a no-cost or low-cost consultation supply a valued service, introducing people to a world of treatment that they may have been unaware of. This includes both patients/clients and their caregiving family members. It also helps ease any stigmas that anyone may have about either a person’s physical or mental health or the impact and effectiveness of treatment and quality of daily life. 

      Getting involved with regional chapters of peer associations often provides therapy providers with an expanded platform for community awareness and trust. This translates to being known as a knowledgeable authority in effective PT or OT, further generating positive ratings, reviews, and referrals.  

      PT and OT Provides Cost-Effective Alternatives to Pain Medications 

      Chronic pain management medication access is becoming more challenging for people living with chronic pain. Even when it is available, costs for effective pharmaceutical treatments are increasingly unaffordable. PT and OT care provides a sustainable alternative 

      A study published in the Journal of Pain indicated that 74 percent of people with high-impact chronic pain are currently unemployed. If the person lacks the support of a loved one who’s qualified to be a sufficient caregiver, and the person doesn’t have adequate household income, their physical problem often goes untreated. This creates a cycle of misery, affecting them physically, mentally, and economically. 

      If the person qualifies for government assistance, Medicaid can be a possibility for treatment payment. Though if they live in an area where funding is regulated by both federal and state mandates, the person in pain may not have sufficient funds for pharmaceutical treatment. The severity of the affordability problem is substantial: over 75% of the untreated population indicated that cost is what’s prevented them from accessing pain medication.  

      For those covered by Medicare or private insurance, being treated for chronic pain with medications pay substantially more in premiums. With inflationary costs impacting every consumer expenditure, drug affordability for families in this socioeconomic demographic is forced into difficult household purchasing decisions.   

      PT and OT treatments offer more flexible and affordable care abilities. They are typically safer for patients’ and clients’ initial and ongoing needs than medications. 

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      Automated Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Programs Operations  

      It’s evident that treating chronic pain through medications has its obstacles, from both physical and fiscal vantages. With the growing demand for accessible and sustainable treatment, PT and OT practitioners can fill the void effectively. The difficulty is capacity – how to treat more people while tending to full caseloads and a shrinking labor market?  

      Automating repetitive process activities is a tangible way to treat more patients and clients by increasing billable hours with existing staff, without burning them out. It also reduces administrative time and costs, minimizing operational errors. Billing revenue cycle time is improved, positively increasing cash flow.  

      Automating functions including administrative patient management, session documentation, and reimbursement billing workflow are all functions of today’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems. These also provide an enhanced patient, client, and caregiving family experience with staff, accommodating convenient interaction through a dedicated patient portal 

      To see the capabilities of a PT and OT-focused EHR, have a look. 

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