When considering EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology), some physicians mistakenly believe that, although EPAT is highly effective and evidence-based, “my patients won’t pay for it if it’s not covered by insurance.” Could this mindset be preventing you from offering one of the most innovative treatment options that could help you get your patients better faster?
For physicians who are considering integrating EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) into their continuum of care, some hit an all-too-familiar stumbling block:
“If it’s not covered by insurance, my patients won’t pay for it.”
By Chris Boyle, Director of Public Relations
Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group
How One Group’s Consistent and Creative Outreach Efforts Have Helped Attract New Patients
When podiatrist Peter Bellezza, DPM, MS, joined the Bristol Hospital Multi-Specialty Group and Bristol Hospital’s Center for Orthopedic Spine and Health in the summer of 2017, the hospital’s public relations and marketing departments readied their playbook of marketing tactics. Bristol Hospital is a 154-bed hospital located in Bristol, Conn, about 26 miles south of Hartford.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) has been an established medical treatment option for quite some time. The effectiveness of both focused and radial shock waves has been reinforced through numerous studies, and in everyday practice, its viability as a non-invasive treatment option resulting in better patient outcomes is embraced by physicians and patients alike.
Too often, runners feel they have no other choice than to just “run through their pain.” In fact, that sentiment is true of many athletes who struggle with acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain such as foot and heel discomfort.
That’s why Dr. Peter Bellezza, of the Bristol Hospital Multi-Specialty Group and Bristol Hospital's Center for Orthopedic and Spine Health located in Bristol, Connecticut, is committed to helping active patients discover a better way; one that helps them get back to doing what they love without surgery or downtime. In this FOX61 news segment, Dr. Bellezza discusses his successful use of non-invasive EPAT.
Nowadays, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is increasingly becoming a well-established treatment option that’s used throughout a variety of medical disciplines. Many studies have reinforced the effectiveness and safety of both focused and radial ESWT, particularly for the treatment of musculoskeletal pathologies.
Such studies provide valuable insights to physicians who use or are considering using ESWT in their own practices. The complete compilation of research is documented in detail in the Level 10 Series of books, with each book focusing on a different medical specialty.
Shock Waves in Sports Medicine. This overview can serve as a helpful precursor to give you a glimpse of what you’ll find in the complete Level 10 book. We’ve highlighted a few different sections in addition to providing a full listing of research conducted by well-respected, internationally-known medical experts. Highlights includes the following:
Insights from Award-Winning Research Presented at this Year’s APMA Conference
For physicians who rely on shock wave as a treatment option for their patients—and for physicians who are still considering integrating it into their practice—it’s important to continually share critical findings that help other medical professionals stay focused on patient care and satisfaction.
Professional athletes risk injury every time they train, practice and compete. Given the often-demanding level of physical activity, it’s no surprise that they are often more susceptible to acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain.