• 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 …

  • When to Report Discharge Codes with Functional Limitation Reporting Image

    articleMar 5, 2014 | 3 min. read

    When to Report Discharge Codes with Functional Limitation Reporting

    Lately, there’s been a bit of confusion surrounding Medicare’s requirements for submitting functional limitation reporting (FLR) discharge codes. Due to a “glitch” in the way Medicare processes claims containing FLR data, some therapists have received claim denials for cases involving tricky discharge reporting scenarios. So, we’ve put together a guide to address some common head-scratching situations. Read on to learn when you need to discharge and when you don’t. Patient Self-Discharges and Returns After 60 or More …

  • 7 WebPT Reports You Should be Using and Why (Part Two) Image

    articleFeb 11, 2014 | 4 min. read

    7 WebPT Reports You Should be Using and Why (Part Two)

    Over the last 24 hours, hopefully you’ve had a chance to try out—or at least take a look at—the three reports I highlighted in  yesterday’s blog post : the Missed Notes Report, the Claims Feed Report, and the Lost Patient Log. If not, I highly recommend checking them out sooner rather than later as they could provide you and your clinic with some pretty valuable business insights. Today, though, I want to go over four more awesome …

  • 7 WebPT Reports You Should be Using and Why (Part One) Image

    articleFeb 10, 2014 | 3 min. read

    7 WebPT Reports You Should be Using and Why (Part One)

    The word “report” often carries a slightly negative connotation. After all, who honestly gets pumped up about things like book reports, progress reports, or  TPS reports ? (Okay, I admit it—I was a lit nerd who actually loved writing book reports, but that’s neither here nor there.) Anyway, when it comes to boosting and maintaining the health of your business, reports can be extremely valuable. And because there are already tons of awesome, easy-to-use reports available within …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Jake Nero Image

    articleJan 29, 2014 | 4 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Jake Nero

    Note: Each month, we will feature a different member of the WebPT family in our Staff Spotlight blog series. With his friendly demeanor and his natural flair for communication, Jake Nero has a knack for resolving even the most contentious situations—except when they involve a certain pot-bellied pig named Penelope. “I have a pig that’s my arch-nemesis,” he said. “I threaten to have her as Easter ham all the time, which my wife doesn’t find very funny. …

  • The Story Behind WebPT’s Culture Commitments Image

    articleJan 27, 2014 | 5 min. read

    The Story Behind WebPT’s Culture Commitments

    Company culture can be a tough thing to define. After all, it’s a set of values, beliefs, and styles shared, felt, and propagated by each and every staff member. Ideally, it’s something that develops organically based on the mix of people and personalities present in your office. But as companies grow and change, it’s easy for that founding culture to get lost in the shuffle. So, when WebPT started growing, we knew it was important to preserve …

  • articleJan 23, 2014 | 4 min. read

    Five Reasons Why ICD-10 Isn’t All Doom and Gloom

    The transition to the Tenth Revision to the International Classification of Diseases—a.k.a. ICD-10—is one of the biggest challenges facing the medical community this year. Actually, it’s one of the biggest challenges of the last 30 years, because that’s how long it’s been since ICD got a makeover of this magnitude. Starting October 1, 2015, virtually all medical providers in the US must use diagnosis codes from this brand new code set. Otherwise, they won’t get paid. Oh …

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