• Hot Out of the Oven: Highlights of the 2017 Final Rule for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleNov 9, 2016 | 8 min. read

    Hot Out of the Oven: Highlights of the 2017 Final Rule for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    Halloween may be over, but if you didn’t get your fill of scares, I’ve got the perfect activity for you: reading through 1,401 pages of pure Medicare gobbledygook. Screaming yet? (Or should I check back at around page 500?) I kid, of course; there’s no need for you to slog through this year’s extra meaty Final Rule —which details the Medicare fee schedule and other important Medicare regulatory and reimbursement changes for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and …

  • The Definitive Medicare Part B FAQ for Outpatient PT, OT, and SLP Image

    articleOct 27, 2016 | 33 min. read

    The Definitive Medicare Part B FAQ for Outpatient PT, OT, and SLP

    In October, we hosted a webinar dedicated to the most common Medicare misconceptions . We received a lot of questions from the audience—so many, in fact, that we’ve organized them all into one huge FAQ. Scroll through and check them out, or use the link bank below to skip to a particular section. The Therapy Cap ABNs Modifiers Supervision Prescriptions and Certifications Cash-Pay Rules and Regulations Re-Evaluations Everything Else   The Therapy Cap If a patient reaches …

  • Breaking News: 2017 MACRA Final Rule Hits Image

    articleOct 17, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Breaking News: 2017 MACRA Final Rule Hits

    After months of heated debate and public commentary—much of it coming from physicians who felt they needed more time to prepare themselves to participate in a brand-new quality reporting program—the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on Friday released its final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) . This act, which will go into effect January 1, 2017, reimburses eligible Medicare physicians based on the quality of care they deliver …

  • Video Tutorial: Selecting the Correct Complexity Level for PT and OT Evals Image

    articleOct 13, 2016 | 1 min. read

    Video Tutorial: Selecting the Correct Complexity Level for PT and OT Evals

    The holidays will be here before we know it—and that means PTs and OTs will be required to use the new evaluation and re-evaluation CPT codes before we know it, too. And these codes bring with them the gift of complexity. But, unlike that snowman sweater from Great Aunt Sheila, therapists can't exchange these codes; so, whether they want to or not, PTs and OTs have to learn the ins and outs of coding for evaluative complexity …

  • Farewell, 97001: How to Use the New PT and OT Evaluation Codes Image

    articleOct 12, 2016 | 8 min. read

    Farewell, 97001: How to Use the New PT and OT Evaluation Codes

    Hear ye, hear ye: We hereby declare that as of January 1, 2017, all PTs and OTs must begin using a new set of CPT codes to bill for therapy evaluations and re-evaluations. Actually, if we are being perfectly accurate, we’re not declaring anything; CMS and the AMA are—and we’re merely the messengers. You might find it hard to believe, but with this CPT coding update, the evaluation and re-evaluation codes that PTs and OTs have come …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Emily Ely Image

    articleSep 30, 2016 | 7 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Emily Ely

    We’ve all seen those cheesy Instagram posts with inspirational messages—like “Seize the day” or “Follow your heart” or “Live with passion”—scrawled across picturesque photos of sandy beaches, golden sunrises, and snow-capped mountain peaks. Maybe we’ve even tapped that little heart icon to publicly declare our support of such statements. But rarely do we live by them—at least not consistently. Emily Ely, on the other hand, has always used her heart as her compass—and it hasn’t failed her …

  • How to Manage Change in Your PT, OT, or SLP Practice Image

    articleSep 19, 2016 | 5 min. read

    How to Manage Change in Your PT, OT, or SLP Practice

    As the old saying goes, the only constant in life is change. Yes, it’s a bit cliché, but it’s true nonetheless. And for those working in the healthcare space—including private practice PTs, OTs, and SLPs—change is an especially prevalent aspect of day-to-day operations. After all, the whole point of all this healthcare reform hullaballoo is to change the manner in which providers deliver—and receive payment for—their services. So, whether they like it or not, practice leaders must …

  • So Long to Silos: Why Health Systems Must Embrace Interoperability Now Image

    articleSep 9, 2016 | 5 min. read

    So Long to Silos: Why Health Systems Must Embrace Interoperability Now

    Rome wasn’t built in a day—and interoperability across all health data systems won’t be achieved overnight. In fact, we’ve been paving the road to complete connectivity for several years now , and there’s still no definitive end in sight. But now, more than ever, the companies providing those systems have some serious incentive to hasten the pace of their construction efforts: I’m talking about the nationwide push toward value-based, patient-centered care delivery . After all, to succeed …

  • PT in the ED: Why Hospitals are Bringing Rehab Therapy to the Emergency Room Image

    articleSep 2, 2016 | 5 min. read

    PT in the ED: Why Hospitals are Bringing Rehab Therapy to the Emergency Room

    In TV hospital dramas, the emergency room is a place for trauma—the gushing-blood, broken-bone, mangled-limb variety. Those ailments don’t exactly fall into the wheelhouse of most physical and occupational therapists, which is why many ER or Grey’s Anatomy fans would be surprised to see a PT or OT cameo in an emergency department scene. But, as with many Hollywood-manufactured depictions of the world, this one doesn’t quite match up to real life. In fact, a growing number …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Joe Dundas Image

    articleAug 19, 2016 | 6 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Joe Dundas

    Most folks in the rehab therapy tech world—and around the WebPT office—know Joe Dundas as the president and co-founder of Therabill. What most people don’t know about Joe: He created a social media platform before the term “social media” was even a thing. “I wrote a webpage for my wife’s friends to log on and post pictures and notes for each other,” he said. “At the time, there was no such thing as a social network.” Joe’s …

  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Reducing Readmissions Despite Earlier Discharges Image

    articleAug 18, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Reducing Readmissions Despite Earlier Discharges

    If healthcare reform had a tagline, it’d probably include the phrase, “more for less.” In other words, most reform efforts fall in line with the ubiquitous call for providers across the entire healthcare spectrum to deliver higher-quality care at a lower cost. This have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too approach to change places a heavy burden on the leaders responsible for ensuring their organizations live up to that lofty tagline—and that’s especially true for those leaders at the helm of large hospital …

  • What the New HCAHPS Proposal Means for the Future of Hospital-Based PT  Image

    articleAug 11, 2016 | 3 min. read

    What the New HCAHPS Proposal Means for the Future of Hospital-Based PT

    When a patient is in pain, that patient wants relief—fast. And even if the patient knows medication is only a temporary fix—and a potentially dangerous one, at that—he or she will probably still choose drugs over longer-lasting, less-instant treatment options like physical therapy. For healthcare providers beholden to payment structures that incentivize patient satisfaction, that preference presents a real pickle: give the patient what he or she wants—long-term consequences be damned—or risk lower satisfaction scores (and potentially …

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