• New Year’s Resolution: Compliance Plans Image

    articleJan 27, 2015

    New Year’s Resolution: Compliance Plans

    Ah, the new year—a perfect time for reflection: What did we do well? What could we do better? What do we need to change? These questions lead us to our resolutions. At the heart of any New Year’s resolution is a person’s strong desire to protect where he or she is in life. People work hard to achieve what they have, and they don’t want to lose that. In a very real sense, compliance plans speak to …

  • Founder Letter: My 5 PT Industry Predictions for 2015 Image

    articleJan 6, 2015

    Founder Letter: My 5 PT Industry Predictions for 2015

    I’m no fortune teller; I don’t have a crystal ball, and I can’t see into the future. But like a good sports analyst or meteorologist, I can make some educated hypotheses. And while I definitely couldn’t tell you who’s going to win the Super Bowl next month—or what the weather will be like at kick-off—I’m pretty confident about these five predictions of the topics and trends that will have the biggest impact on the physical therapy community …

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    articleDec 29, 2014

    Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

    The end of the year is upon us; time to ready our poppers, streamers, and sparkly hats for the ol’ ball drop. As we brace ourselves for another rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne, it’s hard not to reflect on the year—clichéd as it may sound. Another cliché: End-of-year lists. But we love them nonetheless; that’s why I amassed the WebPT Blog’s top ten posts of 2014. Overarching themes? Gifts and compliance. 20 Perfect Gifts for Physical …

  • PQRS 2015 Measures: What’s Changed? Image

    articleDec 23, 2014

    PQRS 2015 Measures: What’s Changed?

    Medicare released the 2015 specifications for individual PQRS measures. Not much has changed compared to last year; however, there are a few changes—the most noteworthy being the elimination of the wound care measure (245). I’ve detailed the rest of the changes below. Measure 126: Diabetes Mellitus: Diabetic Foot and Ankle Care, Peripheral Neuropathy - Neurological Evaluation In addition to updating denominator criteria, the numerator definition (which now includes a lower extremity neurological exam), and the reporting timeframes …

  • Top Regulatory Changes of 2014 Image

    articleDec 22, 2014

    Top Regulatory Changes of 2014

    Ch-ch-ch-changes : We’ve seen a plethora of regulatory changes this year in the PT space—from the ICD-10 delay to the therapy cap increase. Although some of these legislative twists and turns have caused headaches for therapists, others have been hugely positive. For instance, some form of direct access is now available in all 50 states as well as Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands. Read on to learn this year’s top regulatory changes. Regulatory Heavy-Hitters of …

  • Compliance Considerations with Holiday Gift Giving Image

    articleDec 11, 2014

    Compliance Considerations with Holiday Gift Giving

    The holidays are here; I love this time of year—it’s a time for reflection, for feeling grateful, and for giving gifts. As you create your gift-giving list, you may find yourself adding friends who also are your peers. Unfortunately, a problem can arise when you give a gift to someone who has the ability to refer patients to you, because you could inadvertently violate the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). This is a good place for me to insert …

  • Count on Your EMR for Medicare Compliance Image

    articleNov 24, 2014

    Count on Your EMR for Medicare Compliance

    Nothing in life is certain except for death and taxes, and—for all of you PTs, OTs, and SLPs–– Medicare compliance . Documenting with paper and pen feels a lot like submitting your tax return via paper filing: checking line by line to make sure you provided all applicable information; double––or triple––checking your math; and waiting (and waiting and waiting) for your refund. But compliance doesn’t have to bring about the same feelings of dread you associate with …

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    articleNov 20, 2014

    PQRS FAQ

    PQRS regulations change every year, which makes it tough to stay on top of the requirements. That’s why I’ve organized the most common questions regarding PQRS 2015 and posted them here. Have additional questions? Share them in the comments section, and I’ll post a second Q&A post at the end of the month following our PQRS webinar . General Questions What is PQRS? Created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Physician Quality Reporting System …

  • GPRO 2015: Is it Worth it? Image

    articleNov 19, 2014

    GPRO 2015: Is it Worth it?

    Last week, we covered the registry-and claims-based reporting methods for PQRS. In this post, I’ll discuss the complexities associated with reporting PQRS using the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO). In past years, GPRO seemed to be the most practical option for practices with more than two eligible professionals. This year, however, Medicare added more stipulations to the GPRO program—and in some cases, those add-ons might make the whole thing more trouble than it’s worth. The Basics of …

  • The 2015 Therapy Cap: Same Story, Different Year Image

    articleNov 18, 2014

    The 2015 Therapy Cap: Same Story, Different Year

    With all of the blog space we’ve devoted to PQRS this month, it’s easy to forget that Medicare’s final rule addresses more than just our favorite four-letter acronym. But buried deep within CMS’s annual 1, 000-plus-page behemoth of government jargon is one more major item of interest to those in the PT, OT, and SLP industries: the therapy cap. First, the good news: in accordance with the Medicare Economic Index (MEI), both cap amounts—the one for occupational …

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