• Blogging 101: Intro to Content Creation for PTs Image

    articleMar 10, 2015 | 9 min. read

    Blogging 101: Intro to Content Creation for PTs

    If you type “blog” into a Microsoft Word 2004 document, the system automatically underscores the word with one of those grimace-inducing red squiggles. And while 2004 was a long time ago by technological standards—yes, I readily admit it’s high time I updated my word processing software—I know I’m not the only one who feels like the era of Livestrong bracelets and flip phones was not so long ago. But alas, times have changed: These days, everybody’s rocking …

  • ICD-10 FAQs Image

    articleFeb 28, 2015 | 6 min. read

    ICD-10 FAQs

    We recently hosted a webinar focused on helping PTS, OTs, and SLPs prepare for the ICD-10 switch. We got a lot of questions—so many, in fact, that we decided to organize the most common ones into an easy-to-reference blog post. Read on to find the answers to all your burning ICD-10 queries. Don’t see your question? Post it in the comments section below, and we’ll find you an answer. Does ICD-10 affect CPT codes? According to this …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Michael Burns Image

    articleFeb 26, 2015 | 4 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Michael Burns

    There are only 12 unique tones in music, but a skilled composer can rearrange those sonic building blocks to form an infinite number of melodies. No one understands the far-reaching application of that concept better than Michael Burns—not only because he’s formally educated in musical composition, but also because he’s rearranged the building blocks of that education to form the foundation of a whole new career path. A born-and-raised Arizonan, Michael grew up playing any musical instrument …

  • Final Thoughts from CSM: Outcomes, Payment Reform, and—Purple Cows? Image

    articleFeb 9, 2015 | 19 min. read

    Final Thoughts from CSM: Outcomes, Payment Reform, and—Purple Cows?

    By Saturday morning, attendees of the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) were moving with a little less pep in their step—and a couple extra shots of espresso in their morning coffee. Still, the educational sessions on the final day of CSM were chock full of eager learners looking to eat up a few more morsels of wisdom before catching their planes home from Indy. Here are some highlights from day three’s informational smorgasbord (check out recaps from …

  • 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 …

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