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  • ICD-10 Checklist for PTs Image

    articleApr 24, 2014

    ICD-10 Checklist for PTs

    To expand on yesterday’s blog post in which I discussed developing an ICD-10 prep plan for your practice, here is a checklist of specific items you should consider and cross off as you prepare. Compile educational resources—such as websites, webinars, and videos—and register for training courses. Assess your current diagnosis coding processes. Start looking at the diagnosis code processes you have in place now and figure out how to tweak them to accommodate the new codes. In …

  • ICD-10 To-Do for PTs Image

    articleApr 23, 2014

    ICD-10 To-Do for PTs

    By now, we’re all aware that, thanks to Congress , the mandatory transition date for ICD-10 has been pushed back from October 1 of this year to at least October 1, 2015. If you were one of the many practitioners and vendors who weren’t super confident in their readiness—or were procrastinating about ICD-10 nearly as much as Congress was when it came to fixing SGR—this is your lucky break. Of course, now there’s no excuse not to …

  • How to Comply with Conflicting Billing and State Practice Requirements—and Other  Useful Information Image

    articleApr 22, 2014

    How to Comply with Conflicting Billing and State Practice Requirements—and Other Useful Information

    I’ve recently received quite a few questions about how therapists can best meet conflicting billing and state practice requirements. Today, I thought I’d provide some clarity on that and explain why documentation is important for cash-based practices when it comes to addressing liability. Billing Requirements All payers—Medicare and private health insurance companies—maintain requirements that you must meet to receive reimbursement for your services. Additionally, each state has its own supervision requirements (based on license type) as documented …

  • Can You Ever Use an Unspecified ICD-10 Code? Image

    articleApr 22, 2014

    Can You Ever Use an Unspecified ICD-10 Code?

    With five times as many codes as ICD-9, ICD-10 is certainly more specific. It’s no wonder, then, that the use of unspecified codes has become a common topic of discussion among healthcare professionals. Unspecified codes are incredibly common in coding with ICD-9. However, there’s a general consensus that using unspecified ICD-10 codes could prove detrimental. In addition to corrupting the reliability and validity of the data, the use of unspecified codes could lead to claim denials. With …

  • The Future is Bright for OT Jobs [Infographic] Image

    articleApr 21, 2014

    The Future is Bright for OT Jobs [Infographic]

    If you’re an occupational therapist, assistant, or aide—or if you’re currently in OT school—you better grab some shades, because the future is bright. Not only does your profession rank ninth on the Best Jobs of 2014 list, but also it’s poised to grow by 12% by 2017. Check out this super cool infographic for more awesome facts and figures about the OT job market. [node:embed-code]

  • What’s the Deal With External Cause Codes? Image

    articleApr 21, 2014

    What’s the Deal With External Cause Codes?

    Let’s face it: the ICD-10 code set isn’t exactly the most enticing reading material. So naturally, mainstream media coverage of ICD-10 has focused on some of the more, shall we say, entertaining features of the coding manual: namely, the external cause codes found in chapter 20. But while these supplementary codes certainly offer a dose of comic relief—and an endless supply of hilarious blog fodder (if we do say so ourselves)—they’ve also elicited more than a few …

  • This Week in OT News, April 18 Image

    articleApr 18, 2014

    This Week in OT News, April 18

    Occupational Therapist Ranked as One of the Best Jobs of 2014 According to a new report, occupational therapy ranks ninth in a list of the Best Jobs of 2014. Jobs were scored based on work environment, stress, and hiring outlook. To see the full list, click here . Occupational Therapist Helps Stroke Survivor with Motherhood Thanks to her occupational therapist, stroke survivor Sarah Abrusley is now able to do something every new mom cherishes: hold her baby. …

  • Membership Matters Image

    articleApr 17, 2014

    Membership Matters

    Physical therapists quite often discuss the benefits (as well as the shortcomings) of our national organization, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Often, these discussions end with therapists saying that the APTA needs to do a better job of demonstrating the value of membership. This week, the APTA rolled out the Membership Matters campaign, which is designed to use the most effective advocates for membership—its current members. The campaign is built on the belief that more involvement …

  • How Your Bank Can Help With the Cost of the ICD-10 Transition Image

    articleApr 17, 2014

    How Your Bank Can Help With the Cost of the ICD-10 Transition

    There’s been plenty of debate over the price tag on the ICD-10 transition. In fact, a recent AMA study—cited in this Information Week article —claimed that by the time everything is said and done, the total cost could be three times more than what original estimates predicted, which means small practices could take a hit of around $226, 000. While that projection is probably a bit far-fetched, experts do expect there to be more than a few …

  • 2013 PQRS Interim Claims Feedback Data Now Available Image

    articleApr 16, 2014

    2013 PQRS Interim Claims Feedback Data Now Available

    Did you participate in claims-based PQRS reporting in 2013? If you would like to confirm that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) received your data—or if you want to review the data that you submitted—you can now do so by viewing CMS’ interim claims feedback report for 2013. According to CMS, “If you are an individual eligible professional who reported at least one PQRS quality measure in 2013 via claims-based reporting, you can now view …

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