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Erin Norton

Erin help clinics find the best solution to fit their needs from functional capacity evaluations, to job analysis, pre-employment screens or impairment ratings.

Recent Posts

Give Your Patients the Gift of Confidence

Posted by Erin Norton
Dec 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Feeling confident in RTW decisions for your patients and helping your patients feel confident, should be the norm.  This is not difficult to achieve, sometimes, it just requires a little job simulation.

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Are You Functionally Aware, When it Comes to Your Patients?

Posted by Erin Norton
Nov 13, 2020 11:30:22 AM

What can you uncover with functional awareness?

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The Doc Says “Go”, but the Data Says “No”.

Posted by Erin Norton
Oct 12, 2020 2:54:13 PM

Have you ever disagreed with a return to work decision on one of your workers' compensation patients but felt powerless to influence the decision? What if you had done a Return-to-Work (RTW) screen or mini-FCE as part of your standard discharge evaluation? Could that have made a difference?

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Will the “Great Pandemic” make or break your clinic?

Posted by Erin Norton
Sep 21, 2020 2:00:09 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sink or Swim  Just as the Great Depression hit businesses hard, the “Great Pandemic” is shaping up to be a sink or swim period for many companies. Most physical therapy clinics have taken quite a hit during the COVID19 shutdowns and restrictions. As more and more clinics share their stories with us, we are seeing a trend emerge. About 20% of clinics are already swimming and bouncing back. Another 20% are sinking.  They have chosen to stick their head in the sand, waiting for the problem to go away. Still the majority, about 60% of clinics, are just stuck. They want to find a solution and get business back on track, but they just don’t know what to do. These clinics are treading water, barely keeping their heads up, looking for a lifeline.  Where does your clinic fall?

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Return to Work Screens: Eliminating the WAG

Posted by Erin Norton
Aug 31, 2020 1:32:08 PM

How is the typical return to work decision made? You probably know the drill. The patient returns to the physician and the physician says: “So, do you think you’re ready to go back to work?” And the patient’s response drives the physician decision. Or the physician takes a look at the patient’s MRI or lab work and says, “Well it looks like you’re ready to get on back to work.” Either way, the end result is a WAG. If you’re not sure what a WAG stands for, let’s just say the first word is Wild and the third word is Guess and I’ll leave the middle word up to your imagination…Guess dice

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Don't get caught Franken-testing!

Posted by Erin Norton
Oct 30, 2018 10:24:18 AM

When doing Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) or Pre-Hire Physical Abilities Testing (PAT) some clinicians and FCE vendors pull a bit of a testing protocol from here and a bit of another from there, slap it together and call it a defensible, functional test.  While that might help get the job done, it won’t be anything close to defensible – unless you’re talking about the martial arts maneuvers that you, the physician, insurance carrier or employer will be doing - when the test is legally challenged. 

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Performing Pre-Hire Physical Ability Testing is not science fiction

Posted by Erin Norton
Oct 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you’re not familiar with the world of pre-hire testing, it may seem a bit surreal…You may feel like you’re traveling through another dimension with your next stop, the PAT  Zone!

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Does the idea of doing Pre-Hire Tests for employers leave you howling at the moon? Stop howling and read our top 5 practical suggestions.

Posted by Erin Norton
Oct 11, 2018 9:08:06 AM

Providing pre-hire Physical Ability Testing (PAT) helps both employees and employers, while generating cash-based revenue for your clinic.  But developing and implementing these tests can be a bit daunting unless you have the right tools and training.   

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Marketing Pre-Hire Tests doesn’t have to be scary...

Posted by Erin Norton
Sep 24, 2018 2:41:42 PM

Making the decision to offer Pre-Hire/Post-Offer testing is one thing. Actually going out and marketing that service is something altogether different – definitely different from marketing to physicians. The process can be a bit intimidating.

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Growing Cash-Based Revenue: Are Employer Injury Prevention Services Right for Your Clinic?

Posted by Erin Norton
Sep 11, 2018 8:35:00 AM

Long-term sustainability – it’s what keeps most PT practice owners up at night.

And as insurance payments continue to shrink, more and more clinic owners are looking at recurring cash-based revenue as the key to future stability. Chances are, you’re searching too.

What are you considering? Have you thought about occupational health prevention services? 

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