The Monday Memo: 7/20/2015

The Monday Memo

July 20, 2015                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Bundles”

Medicare is very close to beginning testing bundled payments in 75 areas around the country as soon as next year.  The proposed options would include hip replacements and knee replacements, as well as the subsequent care that would follow the initial operation.  The larger areas in talks to trial the programs are New York and Los Angeles, and would affect over 800 hospitals overall.  The trial would run through 2020, at which point further decisions about the efficacy of the program would be made.

 

These bundled payments would be designed to ideally reduce the cost of these common procedures to Medicare, and therefore the taxpayer.  As with similar bundled payment systems, like those currently in use here at UPMC and CRS, the payer would afford a single lump sum to cover the costs of all healthcare services required with the procedure, including the surgery, rehabilitation, follow-up appointments, etc.  With each discipline allotted a certain amount, it is up to the healthcare provider to ensure that their care is both effective and profitable to them as a business.  If the patient has successfully completed their need for services before the allotted number of visits, then the provider earns a profit.  But if the patient requires more care, even after the allotted number of visits has been depleted, the provider must still complete the care for the patient, but on his or her own dime.

 

This type of payment system has been in development for years, and has been prototyped here in Pittsburgh for a period with significant cost reductions.  Similar payment models are already in development for other common diagnoses that require periods of care, such as low back pain.

 

SPOTLIGHT: Good luck to all the recent graduates taking their board exams this week!  You have all worked so hard to prepare for this moment, now go and reap the fruits of your labor!

 

-Michael Turnwald

 

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July 20, 2015 |

The Monday Memo: 7/6/2015

The Monday Memo

July 6, 2015                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“The Most Intelligent You Will Ever Be”

 

The day before you begin graduate school may be the smartest you’ll ever be.  You’ve made it through your undergraduate education, you’ve made it through the admissions process, you’ve been working your full or part-time job and are most likely very good at it.  You feel that you have a solid grasp on your world and it is under control.  But the next day you begin your graduate education.

 

From the beginning, your graduate program shows you just how much there is to learn, how much you didn’t know, how blissful ignorance once was.  You have entered a new stage in your life that opens an entirely new world of knowledge and opportunities that will never cease to amaze.  There is so much to learn that you were unaware existed before that first day.  But you also discover the amazing opportunities this new knowledge can afford you.

 

And for all the lofty places your education will take you, isn’t it worth discovering that you might not be as intelligent as you once thought?  Isn’t it worth that sense of momentary insecurity, seconds of uncertainty, and even feeling lost for a time?  Isn’t the reward worth the challenge?  In order to move forward, you must first determine where to begin; the day you begin your graduate program, is the day you are shown how to get to where you are going.  Good luck on your journey.

 

SPOTLIGHT:  Congratulations to the Third Year Class on completing their comps, and good luck to the First Year Class as they enter their next round of testing!

 

-Michael Turnwald

 

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Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent –  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students – If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has created an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
July 6, 2015 |