• Live from CSM: Leading the Way in Healthcare Reform and Women’s Empowerment Image

    articleFeb 6, 2015 | 15 min. read

    Live from CSM: Leading the Way in Healthcare Reform and Women’s Empowerment

    Temperatures here in Indianapolis have finally broken the freezing mark, with today’s predicted high at a balmy 40 degrees. But that warming trend isn’t limited to the brisk Midwest air. Things also are heating up inside of the Indiana Convention Center, where thousands of physical therapy professionals and students have converged for the APTA’s 2015 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). There’s no shortage of hot issues on the radar for the physical therapy industry this year—and CSM’s jam-packed …

  • Live from CSM: Changing Perspectives on Prevention and Direct Access Image

    articleFeb 5, 2015 | 10 min. read

    Live from CSM: Changing Perspectives on Prevention and Direct Access

    With snow boots cinched and hot coffees in hand, thousands of physical therapy professionals and students have descended upon chilly Indianapolis, Indiana, for the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) annual Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). In addition to checking out the latest and greatest PT tools and technologies—including, ahem, certain cloud-based EMR software —on the trade show floor, attendees will spend the next few days filling their brains with all of the latest and greatest PT news and …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Stephanie Surratt Image

    articleJan 30, 2015 | 5 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Stephanie Surratt

    With the right attitude, any job can be your dream job. At least that’s how Stephanie Surratt—WebPT’s Director of Human Resources—sees it. “It’s really about aligning your own goals with your organization’s goals,” she said. “It’s important to believe in what your organization is doing and have passion for that, because if you can’t buy in to what you’re selling, then you’re always going to have an inner war.” It might sound idealistic, but Stephanie is quick …

  • Is Outcomes Data Actually Meaningless? 5 More Takeaways from the 2015 Graham Sessions. Image

    articleJan 21, 2015 | 11 min. read

    Is Outcomes Data Actually Meaningless? 5 More Takeaways from the 2015 Graham Sessions.

    Yesterday, I shared my first five quotable takeaways from the 2015 Graham Sessions; today, I’ll reveal the second half of my list. As I mentioned in part one—which you can check out here if you missed it—this was the eighth installment of this annual event, which evolved out of a need for PTs to get together and have real, honest conversations about the issues facing their industry. At this meeting, every voice matters. And to ensure that …

  • Are PTs Facing an Identity Crisis? Here are 5 Takeaways from the 2015 Graham Sessions. Image

    articleJan 20, 2015 | 8 min. read

    Are PTs Facing an Identity Crisis? Here are 5 Takeaways from the 2015 Graham Sessions.

    Physical therapists are all about action. They spend their days helping patients set and reach their therapy goals. They are fixers, doers, movers, and shakers—not philosophizers. That’s what makes the Graham Sessions so different from any other PT industry event. Now in its eighth year, this annual summit started when a small group of physical therapists decided to get together and have a real, honest conversation about the issues facing their profession. Over the years, that group …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Robbie Walsh Image

    articleDec 30, 2014 | 4 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Robbie Walsh

    If variety is the spice of life, then Robbie Walsh has led an exceedingly flavorful existence—especially when it comes to his athletic résumé. After all, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone with experience in football, wrestling, rodeo, hockey, and cross-country—even someone who, at one point, had his sights set on becoming a gym teacher. As a kid growing up in Alaska, playing hockey was pretty much a requirement for Robbie. But when he and his family moved …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Betsy Hyder Image

    articleNov 25, 2014 | 6 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Betsy Hyder

    Betsy Hyder will be the first to tell you that compliance is anything but sexy—and yet, as WebPT’s go-to compliance resource, her heart beats for PQRS, FLR, G-codes, and every Medicare abbreviation and acronym in between. “Basically, it’s my job to make sure we’re providing everything we’re supposed to so that therapists get paid,” she said. And while you’d be hard-pressed to find a physical therapist—or anyone, really—who relishes digging through pages upon pages of jargon-laden government …

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

    articleNov 18, 2014 | 3 min. read

    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 therapy …

  • Final Rule 2015: Here’s What You Need to Know Image

    articleNov 6, 2014 | 3 min. read

    Final Rule 2015: Here’s What You Need to Know

    The summary of this year’s Final Rule is hot off the presses, which means that—among other things—we now know the details regarding PQRS 2015. For those who have been following the PQRS saga since the program first came into being in 2007, it should come as no surprise that Medicare has yet again upped the ante for compliance. Based on the fact sheet CMS provided , here’s the scoop on this year’s reporting requirements: Eligible professionals who …

  • WebOutcomes is Now Part of the WebPT Family Image

    articleNov 4, 2014 | 3 min. read

    WebOutcomes is Now Part of the WebPT Family

    Update: WebPT Outcomes is here. Request a free tour today.   The WebPT crew came into the office this morning with a little extra spring in our step—not because we’re still on a Halloween sugar high (although if we’re being honest, we probably consumed a few too many fun-size Snickers bars)—but because this morning, WebPT officially announced some very exciting news: We’ve acquired WebOutcomes, an online outcomes tracking tool for physical and occupational therapists. Why are we …

  • What is the Twitterverse Saying About PT? Image

    articleNov 3, 2014 | 1 min. read

    What is the Twitterverse Saying About PT?

    Twitter is full of commentary on topics ranging from current events to celebrity gossip. But did you also know that it provides a window into the public’s perception of physical therapy? Yep, Twitter is abuzz with PT-related tweets and hashtags. Unfortunately, not all of that buzz is great—or even good. And that means that the ideas general consumers have about PT aren’t what we want them to be—not even close. That’s why we set up a camera …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Brian Kunich Image

    articleOct 31, 2014 | 6 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Brian Kunich

    Waiter, bartender, veterinary attendant, video store clerk, Hard Rock Hotel bellhop and valet driver, landscaper, dry cleaner, soccer coach, and yes, human tissue harvester. What do all of these occupations have in common? (Hint: They’re not items on a Buzzfeed list of obscure Halloween costumes.) No, the answer to this riddle is a little closer to home—at least for the WebPT family: They all appear on Brian Kunich’s résumé. Of course, Brian’s days of steam-pressing suits and …

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