• WebPT Staff Spotlight on Jenny Walters Image

    articleMay 13, 2014 | 5 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Jenny Walters

    Whether she’s planning an event or sampling a craft beer, Jenny Walters is staunchly attentive to detail. After all, it’s the small things—like the subtle, citrusy flavor of Cascade hops or a personalized greeting at a large conference—that often make the biggest impact. As WebPT’s Marketing and Events Specialist, Jenny is responsible for planning all of WebPT’s public appearances—from our trade show booths to our Evolve conferences. And Jenny knows better than anyone that when it comes …

  • PTs Are Salespeople Too Image

    articleMay 7, 2014 | 6 min. read

    PTs Are Salespeople Too

    Salespeople often get a bad rap—for being too pushy, too manipulative, too flat-out obnoxious. And many times, that negative association is well deserved. I mean, when’s the last time you picked up a telemarketing call and said to the person on the other end of the line, “Thank you so much for interrupting my family dinner! Of course I want to take advantage of this one-time credit card offer!” The problem is, sales stereotypes often prevent legitimate …

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

    articleApr 21, 2014 | 5 min. read

    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 …

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

    articleApr 17, 2014 | 4 min. read

    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 transitional …

  • How to Select the Right ICD-10 Code in Three Easy Steps Image

    articleApr 16, 2014 | 3 min. read

    How to Select the Right ICD-10 Code in Three Easy Steps

    Earlier this month, we showed you how to find the correct ICD-10 equivalent of an ICD-9 code ; discussed tips for coding pain and injuries ; and provided you with a list of common therapy-specific codes . Now, let’s talk about how to navigate the alphanumeric coding labyrinth known as ICD-10 from patient diagnosis to final code submission. With more than 68,000 codes to wade through, identifying the correct (read: most specific) one might seem a bit …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Alex Zarazua Image

    articleApr 11, 2014 | 4 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Alex Zarazua

    Note: Each month, we will feature a different member of the WebPT family in our Staff Spotlight blog series. For Alex Zarazua, nothing beats the thrill of seeing something come full circle—whether it’s a car at the Phoenix International Raceway or a new WebPT feature. You’ll find Alex at the race track anytime NASCAR is in town, but when he’s not cheering on his favorite drivers or explaining to anyone within earshot why NASCAR definitely qualifies as …

  • PT Primer for Coding Pain and Injuries in ICD-10 Image

    articleApr 9, 2014 | 6 min. read

    PT Primer for Coding Pain and Injuries in ICD-10

    One of the most talked about—and most feared—characteristics of ICD-10 is the massive size of the new code set. Whereas ICD-9 contains approximately 13,000 diagnosis codes, ICD-10 has around 68,000—an increase of more than fivefold. With so many codes to choose from, how can you be sure you’re selecting the right one—or even looking in the right place? Well, two of the main reasons patients seek physical therapy are injury and/or pain. So, let’s start there. Here …

  • How to Purchase Therapy Equipment on a Budget Image

    articleMar 25, 2014 | 3 min. read

    How to Purchase Therapy Equipment on a Budget

    When it comes to purchasing therapy equipment for your clinic, you don’t want to break the bank—but at the same time, you want your setup to reflect the level of professionalism you demonstrate as a rehab therapist. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to find middle ground in this cost versus quality tug-of-war. Here are some ideas to consider as you explore your buying options: 1. Shop online. When it comes to comparison shopping, you won’t find …

  • Act Now: The Therapy Cap Exceptions Process Expires March 31 Image

    articleMar 13, 2014 | 5 min. read

    Act Now: The Therapy Cap Exceptions Process Expires March 31

    For years, rehab therapists have had a love-hate relationship with Medicare’s therapy cap exceptions process. On the one hand, therapists often see it as a barrier to providing patients with the care they need; on the other, it’s the only means for therapists to continue treatment after a Medicare patient has exhausted his or her annual payment allotment for therapy services (a.k.a.  the therapy cap ). Reform of the cap has been a long time coming, and …

  • The Great Medically Necessary Discussion and How to Use ABNs Image

    articleMar 12, 2014 | 6 min. read

    The Great Medically Necessary Discussion and How to Use ABNs

    For many physical therapists, the phrase “medically necessary” sounds worse than nails on a chalkboard. On the one hand, it’s vague, subjective, and open to infinite interpretation. And on the other, it’s often the determining factor in whether payers—perhaps most notably, Medicare—will provide reimbursement for rehab therapy services. A Bit of History The history of the “medically necessary” reimbursement requirement stretches all the way back to the 1960s. As E. Haavi Morreim explains in  this article , it was …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Elizabeth Warren Image

    articleMar 10, 2014 | 4 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Elizabeth Warren

    Note: Each month, we will feature a different member of the WebPT family in our Staff Spotlight blog series. Within the walls of the WebPT Billing Department, Elizabeth Warren is all about keeping things clean: clean processes, clean claims, and clean reimbursements. But when it comes to her weekend Jeep trail expeditions, she doesn’t mind getting a little dirty. “Recently, I’ve really started to get into Jeeping,” she said. “Now that my kids are grown, I’m kind …

  • 5 Ways the Affordable Care Act is Impacting Physical Therapists Image

    articleMar 6, 2014 | 6 min. read

    5 Ways the Affordable Care Act is Impacting Physical Therapists

    Ever since the federal government got the ball rolling on healthcare reform legislation—a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act—it’s been a hot topic of conversation among providers and consumers alike. For the last few years, discussions about the effects of the new healthcare law were purely speculative; but now that the ACA go-live date has come and gone, a clearer picture of its impact—particularly in the realm of outpatient physical therapy—is starting to emerge. Here’s a breakdown of how …

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