WebPT Blog - PTA
Oct 7, 2013| by Charlotte Bohnett
We here at WebPT are big advocates for the rehab therapy industry—and that includes all the incredible PT, OT, and SLP assistants who positively impact the lives of their patients. So today, we thought we’d give you an inside look into the life and times of a fantastic PTA (and Twitter friend) Daniel Timm (@DaneTimm) of ATI Physical Therapy in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Check out our interview with Daniel below.
WebPT: Why did you decide to become a PTA?
Daniel Timm: I was 20 years old—taking general education courses part time, training in martial arts, and playing semi-pro football—and I had no idea what I wanted to do professionally. I had enrolled at Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was going to be a pilot, but it just didn't feel right. So, I moved back to Wisconsin after two days and started detailing cars, boats, and planes. I loved it, but I always knew I wanted to help people.
In eighth grade during the spring of 1997, I had surgery to address my osteochondritis dissecans—the result of a soccer injury. Flash forward to my 20-year-old self: with the martial arts and football, I was hurt all the time. By 2003, I had surgery on a broken scaphoid, sprained MCLs in both knees, and suffered a fairly major shoulder subluxation, so I had my fair share of rehabilitation experiences. Around the same time, my father had surgery to "clean up" degenerative changes in his elbow, and they severed his median nerve.
It wasn’t long after my dad’s surgery that I was sitting in a fluidotherapy machine, wondering what I was doing there and thinking about my dad. That’s when I realized I could make a positive difference in people's lives through physical therapy. I never looked back.
Aug 30, 2013| by Brooke Andrus
Here at the WebPT blog, we talk a lot about rehab therapists. But while we focus mainly on physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists, the success of individual clinics—and the the rehab therapy profession as a whole—isn’t due solely to the efforts of therapists. And because we’re all about giving credit where credit is due, we’d like to take this opportunity to give a much-deserved shout-out to some very key players in the rehab therapy space: physical therapy assistants (PTAs), occupational therapy assistants (OTAs), and speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs).
As their titles imply, these professionals assist in ensuring that a clinic’s day-to-day operations—both on the business and therapy fronts—are carried out smoothly and efficiently. But they’re more than just “right hands” to their respective therapists. They might not design plans of care—and legally, they must work under the direction and supervision of a licensed therapist—but when it comes to treating and interacting with patients, assistants are integral to the rehabilitation process.
Mar 4, 2013| by Heidi Jannenga PT
One of the most frequently asked questions in the PT billing space is: "Our state practice act allows licensed PTAs to treat without direct onsite supervision. I understand that PTAs can’t bill under their own National Provider Identifier (NPI) and license, so how do I bill for my PTA’s services?"
The answer: Don’t confuse state licensure laws with billing rules.
Per Medicare rule: 42 C.F.R. §410.26(b)(1)-(7); and CMS Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Pub. 100-4, Ch. 15, §60.1 - §60.5, in order to bill for outpatient services provided by a PTA in a non-institutional setting, the claim must meet the following conditions:
- The supervising therapist performs the evaluation and establishes the plan of care.
- The services the PTA provides are medically necessary.
- The supervising therapist provides direct onsite supervision (i.e., he or she can be in the same building but not necessarily in the same room).
- The supervising therapist must be immediately available to intervene. (i.e., he or she cannot be doing something that is uninterruptable.)
- The supervising therapist must have active ongoing involvement in the management and control of the patient's condition.
- If the patient presents with a new condition, the supervising therapist must see the patient.
- The PTA providing the service under the direct onsite supervision of the therapist must be an employee or an independent contractor of the practice.
Oct 1, 2012| by Charlotte Bohnett
It’s October and that means it’s time to paaartay—not just at our PPS 2012 After Party, but everywhere, all month long in celebration of all our fabulous rehab therapists. In addition to cake, ice cream, high-fives, and everything else party themed, it’s our opportunity to reach out to the community and educate them on the unique benefits of PT treatments. (Want some tips? Check out our webinar on Marketing the PT Profession.)
The APTA wants to help you reach out, too. They’ve got the NPTM logo and graphics you can place on your website, social pages, or blog as well as NPTM-themed clothing and accessories. Meanwhile, Move Forward is raising awareness around sports injury therapy while celebrating. Check out this letter from the President of the APTA to learn more about their specific initiatives.
How is your clinic celebrating? Are you doing anything in particular to raise awareness and educate online or within your community? Share in the comments below.