• 5 Reasons You Should Attend Ascend 2015 Image

    articleApr 28, 2015

    5 Reasons You Should Attend Ascend 2015

    Have you heard? Ascend— the ultimate business summit for rehab therapists —is back. Last year, the inaugural event took Dallas—or at least, Dallas physical therapists and private practice owners—by storm for one jam-packed day . This year, Ascend is upping the ante—big time. For starters, our 2015 event will run for two days instead of one—and trust us, you don’t want to miss it. Here are five reasons you should attend Ascend 2015: 1. You’ll earn CEUs. …

  • Senate Repeals SGR in Landslide Vote Image

    articleApr 15, 2015

    Senate Repeals SGR in Landslide Vote

    Well, folks, the fix is in—the fix for the sustainable growth rate (SGR), that is. In a 92 to 8 vote, the Senate approved the SGR repeal bill, called HR2. In addition to an SGR repeal, the bill also officially extends the therapy cap exceptions process until December 31, 2017. This result is better than no therapy cap exceptions process at all; however, it’s disappointing to know that we came so close to achieving a full repeal …

  • Brace Yourself: Decreased Payments Might be Coming Image

    articleApr 14, 2015

    Brace Yourself: Decreased Payments Might be Coming

    As we warned at the end of last month , the times they are a-changin’. You’re likely well aware of the legislation that could do away with the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)—and extend the therapy cap for another two years. We had hoped to have better news for you at this point, but we’re still hanging tight while the Senate sings their own off-key version of Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On.” It’s April 14, 2015. That means the …

  • Wave Goodbye to Waivers: The Case for Consistent Copay Collection in PT Image

    articleApr 14, 2015

    Wave Goodbye to Waivers: The Case for Consistent Copay Collection in PT

    If you’re a private practice physical therapist or clinic owner, I’m willing to bet you—and your staff—have had more than one uncomfortable copay conversation at your front desk. After all, copays for physical therapy are often astronomical compared to those for other healthcare services—especially considering that many PT patients require multiple treatment sessions per week. Still, no matter how tough—or awkward—it is to collect those payments upfront, it’s imperative that you take a page from Nike and …

  • 4 Ways the Affordable Care Act Will Transform Occupational Therapy—for the Better Image

    articleApr 13, 2015

    4 Ways the Affordable Care Act Will Transform Occupational Therapy—for the Better

    Today’s blog post comes from Veda Collmer, OTR, WebPT’s in-house counsel and compliance officer. Veda is a licensed occupational therapist and attorney—quite the combo! The theme of Occupational Therapy Month—“Transforming lives, building independence”—has inspired me to write about the transformation of occupational therapy itself. In the years following the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), I’ve been studying up on how the new law will change the face of health care in …

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    articleApr 8, 2015

    When Should I Use Modifier 59?

    In a PT’s paradise, the billing process wouldn’t exist. Therapists would simply provide treatment and receive payment accordingly, no explanation—or coding—required. In the real world, though, claims—and the codes and modifiers you submit with those claims—are your ticket to getting paid. And in many situations, one little modifier could have a big impact on your bottom line. Such is the case with modifier 59. Not sure of the rules governing proper use of this much talked-about modifier? …

  • Senate Recesses with No Decision on SGR Bill Image

    articleMar 31, 2015

    Senate Recesses with No Decision on SGR Bill

    Let the trepidation commence. The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula—which Medicare uses to calculate reimbursements—and the therapy cap are both officially in limbo. On March 26, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal SGR and extend the therapy cap exceptions process for another two years. (As an aside, the bill did not include an ICD-10 delay, so that transition is continuing as scheduled.) Enactment of that bill wouldn’t be the optimal outcome for rehab therapists, …

  • The 7 Deadly Sins of PT Billing Image

    webinarMar 30, 2015

    The 7 Deadly Sins of PT Billing

    Billing for physical therapy services is tricky, time-consuming, and riddled with ever-evolving rules—which means mistakes are bound to happen. But how many mistakes are you truly making? The occasional oops is one thing, but what if you’re unknowingly flubbing up left and right? That’s a scary thought. Even scarier: you could be flubbing on purpose, because “everyone’s doing it.” Whether accidental or intentional, actions have consequences, and when it comes to billing for the services you provide, …

  • Be Safe, not Sorry: HIPAA-Compliant Email Marketing for Private Practice Image

    articleMar 25, 2015

    Be Safe, not Sorry: HIPAA-Compliant Email Marketing for Private Practice

    Few tech inventions have endured the way email has. We’ve been checking our virtual inboxes for decades, and the basic concept hasn’t really evolved—you send emails; you get emails. According to this email marketing stats infographic , 95% of online consumers use email, and 91% of them check their accounts once a day. If we surveyed those email-checkers, they’d probably tell us that the bulk of their received messages look a lot like the snail mail taking …

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    downloadMar 3, 2015

    ICD-9 vs ICD-10

    ICD-10 is much more than just an upgraded version of ICD-9. In fact, ICD-10 represents a complete overhaul of the diagnosis coding system as we know it. In addition to offering five times as many codes as its predecessor, ICD-10 features an entirely different code structure. Here, we provide a couple of illustrated examples to show you how ICD-10 will change the way you code for patient diagnoses.

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