• articleDec 12, 2013 | 4 min. read

    WebPT’s Recommendations on How to Approach PQRS in 2014

    If you’ve been following the WebPT Blog , hopefully by now you’re up to snuff on the basics of PQRS 2014, including the reporting requirements, the available measures, and the associated incentives and penalties. (If you’re still mostly in the dark, read this blog post to bring yourself up to speed.) Now, you’ve got some decisions to make: How will you submit your PQRS measures? How many measures will you report? Which measures will you report? If …

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    articleDec 11, 2013 | 3 min. read

    Top 10 Gifts for Physical Therapists

    So, you survived Black Friday —and maybe even scored a sweet deal or two—but you’ve still got quite a few names left on your holiday shopping list. If one of them happens to be a physical therapist (or if you’re a PT looking for a cool gift to give to yourself)—and you’re racking your brain for gift ideas—then you’re in luck. Below, I’ve listed our top ten gift ideas for physical therapists. (Sorry, you’ll have to handle …

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    articleDec 4, 2013 | 10 min. read

    The Five Things You Need to Know Now About PQRS 2014

    Last Wednesday, just before we all headed home to gorge ourselves on turkey and pumpkin pie, Medicare released the Final Rule—all 1,369 pages of it. While it wasn’t exactly light reading, our fearless leader (and speed reader) Heidi Jannenga pored over this hefty document with a mission of finding all the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) information that’s most important to you right now. Below is a breakdown of what you need to know about PQRS 2014. …

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    articleDec 2, 2013 | 5 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Kellie Biles

    Note: Each month, we will feature a different member of the WebPT family in our Staff Spotlight blog series. So, a snake walks into a bar—well, actually, he didn’t walk so much as he was carried on the shoulders of Kellie Biles, WebPT Member Success Team Lead. And this isn’t so much the beginning of a hilarious joke as it is the beginning of a hilarious true story taken straight from the pages of Kellie’s life. Because …

  • articleNov 26, 2013 | 4 min. read

    WebPT Thanksgiving Traditions

    With T-minus 48 hours ’til Turkey Day, we thought it would be fun to share with you some of the ways we here at WebPT like to celebrate this much-cherished holiday (you know, besides eating ourselves into a food coma). On that note, we feel compelled to warn you that the following blog post contains detailed descriptions of delicious Thanksgiving food. Please proceed with caution. Culture Captain  Chelsie Shadrach  prefers a low-key, family-oriented Thanksgiving. “Dad fries a …

  • articleNov 19, 2013 | 4 min. read

    Therapy Cap Recap

    If you’re a rehab therapist who treats Medicare patients, you’ve got a bevy of rules and regulations to follow and knowing all of them inside and out is a tall order, to say the least. If decoding government legalese isn’t really your thing, don’t worry—we’ve dedicated this entire month to serving up a smorgasbord of digestible, easy-to-understand guides on the important Medicare policies that apply to you. On today’s menu: the therapy cap. As part of the …

  • articleNov 7, 2013 | 2 min. read

    FLR and PQRS: How Are They Different?

    Functional limitation reporting (FLR) and PQRS both fall under the ever-widening umbrella of Medicare regulations, and they both involve outcome measures and data codes. Still, they are completely separate requirements, each with its own set of rules. Confusing, we know. To help you sort out the differences, we’ve put together a short breakdown of each one as well as a detailed compare/contrast chart: The Basics of FLR On July 1, 2013, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services …

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    articleOct 30, 2013 | 4 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Doug Severson

    Note: Each month, we will feature a different member of the WebPT family in our Staff Spotlight blog series. With a background in soccer midfielding, it's no surprise that Doug Severson has trouble sitting still. Which is why, after spending the better part of his high school career chasing soccer balls, Doug sought out a career path that would keep him on the field. "I wanted to stay involved in athletics, but I knew I was not going …

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    articleOct 29, 2013 | 7 min. read

    Understanding the ICD-10 Code Structure

    The leap from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is a big one, so it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. However, you can better digest the codes if you understand their structure. Let’s break it down. The Usual Cast of Characters Codes in the ICD-10-CM code set can have three, four, five, six, or seven characters. Many three-character codes are used as headings for categories of codes; these three-character codes can further expand to four, five, or six characters …

  • articleOct 15, 2013 | 3 min. read

    ICD-10 Checklist for Your Practice

    We’ve given you a lot of ICD-10 info to process this month. And in case you haven’t noticed, our main mantra has been “prepare, prepare, prepare.” Because like Confucius, we firmly believe that “success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” (And considering he’s the man behind one of the most influential movements in Asian history—not to mention the author of all five Chinese Classics—we’re thinking this Confucius guy gives …

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    articleOct 10, 2013 | 5 min. read

    Your Roadmap to ICD-10

    By now you’ve already—hopefully—heard the news about the big ICD-10 transition that’s going down on October 1, 2015. But, if you’re like most US healthcare providers—about 75%, according to this article —you haven’t exactly stuck to the suggested preparatory timelines that CMS released a while back. We get it; you’re busy, and the last thing you have time for is sitting down and mapping out a plan of action for your clinic’s transition to ICD-10. But putting …

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    articleOct 2, 2013 | 3 min. read

    ICD-9 vs. ICD-10: What’s the Difference?

    If you’re a proponent of the old, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, you might be a little reluctant to buy into all of this ICD-10 business . After all, you use ICD-9 now, and that seems to be working just fine. So why rock the boat? Well, there’s another old saying that goes something like, “You don’t know what you’re missing until you reach out and touch it.” In this case, those still clinging …

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