• 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 …

  • Direct Access in Action: Mike Manzo of Atlantic Physical Therapy Center Image

    articleOct 30, 2014 | 5 min. read

    Direct Access in Action: Mike Manzo of Atlantic Physical Therapy Center

    We’ve all heard some variation of the sad story about the poor, defenseless physical therapy practice having its business sucked dry by the big, bad physician-owned physical therapy practice next door. And PT Mike Manzo—who founded New Jersey-based Atlantic Physical Therapy Center (APTC) with his brother Dave in 2001—could very well have found himself living out that tragic tale. According to Mike, that familiar anecdote was all-too-common in New Jersey about five or six years ago. At …

  • Shaking Up the Referral Game: How Direct Access Empowers PTs to be Referrers Image

    articleOct 29, 2014 | 4 min. read

    Shaking Up the Referral Game: How Direct Access Empowers PTs to be Referrers

    Once upon a time, the relationship between physicians and physical therapists was almost entirely linear, and it looked something like this: pain/injury → doctor visit → referral to physical therapist. But now that direct access to physical therapy is pretty much the norm, the path from one of these providers to the other has morphed from straight-shot to circle—which means PTs don’t always have to fall at the end of the line. Why is that important? Well, …

  • Direct Access in Action: Jennifer Gamboa of Body Dynamics, Inc. Image

    articleOct 27, 2014 | 5 min. read

    Direct Access in Action: Jennifer Gamboa of Body Dynamics, Inc.

    In many cases, the old retail axiom “you get what you pay for” holds true within the healthcare market as well—and that is precisely why Jennifer Gamboa, DPT, OCS, MTC, and president of Body Dynamics, Inc. , believes that more physical therapy practices should be looking beyond the third-party payer game as they develop their business models. The way Jennifer sees it, declining reimbursement rates not only threaten the survival of private practice physical therapy clinics, but …

  • How to Equip Your Clinic for Cash-Pay Services Image

    articleOct 6, 2014 | 6 min. read

    How to Equip Your Clinic for Cash-Pay Services

    A few weeks ago, I was making the rounds at a party, sampling—okay, more like scarfing—all of the hors d'oeuvres and stopping along the way to chit-chat with fellow partygoers. Among our topics of conversation: cheese, football, cheese, running, and physical therapy. So, how did we get from provolone to PT? Well, in between mouthfuls of smoked gouda and crackers, I asked a new acquaintance—we’ll call him Ted—about his hobbies. “Actually, I’ve gotten into those Spartan adventure …

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