• 7 Tips for Navigating Private Practice Payroll Image

    articleJul 25, 2016 | 5 min. read

    7 Tips for Navigating Private Practice Payroll

    Larry Fine—of Three Stooges fame—once said, “The pain goes away on payday.” That quote certainly rings true for those of us on the depositing end of the transaction. But, if you’re the one responsible for signing the checks, I’m betting payday has caused its fair share of pain—and I’m not just talking about the blow to your bottom line. After all, as a business owner—especially in the business of health care—you’ve got a lot of proverbial t’s …

  • CPT Update: Why the Valuation of the New PT and OT Eval Codes is Problematic Image

    articleJul 19, 2016 | 9 min. read

    CPT Update: Why the Valuation of the New PT and OT Eval Codes is Problematic

    The purpose of any type of reform is to drive change. And that’s certainly true when it comes to healthcare—and healthcare payment—reform. But, change often comes slowly—and in the wake of Medicare’s recently issued proposed physician fee schedule for 2017 , I have to wonder whether it’ll come too slowly for physical and occupational therapists. That’s because, while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) voiced its support for replacing the existing CPT codes for physical …

  • 3 Things That Keep Hospital CEOs Up at Night Image

    articleJul 8, 2016 | 5 min. read

    3 Things That Keep Hospital CEOs Up at Night

    For hospital C’s—C-suite executives, that is—catching some Z’s might seem like an exercise in futility. And understandably so; after all, the growing pressure to simultaneously control costs and improve care quality is enough to turn even the heaviest sleeper into an insomniac. If you work or practice in a hospital setting, you’ve probably noticed—or even been the one to implement—some reform-driven changes to your facility’s operational processes. But, what’s really driving those changes—and is there a better …

  • Go, Go, ACO: Making Sense of Medicare’s New Alternative Payment Rules Image

    articleJun 30, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Go, Go, ACO: Making Sense of Medicare’s New Alternative Payment Rules

    Earlier this month, CMS laid down a final rule that rewrote—or at least revised—the book on accountable care organization (ACO) participation. We’ll dive into the deets in a minute, but the key takeaway here is that this rule represents yet another leap toward the transition to a value-based healthcare payment environment. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: when it comes to pushing the healthcare system to deliver more and spend less, the federal government …

  • Get Over Opioids: Join the #ChoosePT Movement Image

    articleJun 27, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Get Over Opioids: Join the #ChoosePT Movement

    Patients are supposed to trust their doctors. So, when your doctor writes you a prescription, you usually don’t question it; you fill it, take it, and hope that it will make you better. But, what happens when a prescription turns into an addiction? Unfortunately, millions of Americans have learned the answer to that question the hard way. The Painkiller Problem As the APTA explains in a recent position paper titled, “Opioid Abuse and the Role of Physical …

  • Wallpaper: Move. Restore. Revive. Image

    downloadJun 24, 2016

    Wallpaper: Move. Restore. Revive.

    It’s officially summer—and that means ’tis the season for movement. Across the country, people young and old are lacing up their hiking boots, pumping up their bike tires, and packing their beach bags. But for some folks, musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction stand in the way of summer fun—which means this is also the season to celebrate the amazing work rehab therapists do to help get people back to the warm-weather activities they love. In that spirit, we’ve …

  • Where Is My Money Going? 6 Surprising Hidden Costs of Running a Private Practice Image

    articleJun 9, 2016 | 7 min. read

    Where Is My Money Going? 6 Surprising Hidden Costs of Running a Private Practice

    You have to spend money to make money. This tenet of business is as true now as it was when my dad gave me a loan to cover the start-up costs for my lemonade stand back in third grade. And like many small business owners, I had a tough time forfeiting nearly half of my revenue to cover the cost of the lemons and sugar (it was a slow day on the cul-de-sac, and despite my best …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Jovana Samardzich Image

    articleMay 26, 2016 | 5 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Jovana Samardzich

    If laughter truly is the best medicine, Jovana Samardzich will never have to visit a pharmacy again—because she’s never short on smiles and giggles, regardless of the situation. That even goes for robberies in progress: “I worked at a Hallmark (store) for a bit, and one time we got robbed at 11 o’clock in the morning,” she said. “The guy walked in, and I just started chatting with him like I would any other customer.” Jovana’s manager …

  • The Complete PT Billing FAQ Image

    articleMay 24, 2016 | 25 min. read

    The Complete PT Billing FAQ

    Over the years, WebPT has a hosted a slew of billing webinars and published dozens of billing-related blog posts. And in that time, we’ve received our fair share of tricky questions. Now, in an effort to satisfy your curiosity, we’ve compiled all of our most common brain-busters into one epic FAQ. Don’t see your question? Ask it in the comments below. Questions related to: • WebPT • Modifier 59 • Other Modifiers • Coding • ICD-10 • …

  • How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Patient Payment Collection Image

    articleMay 16, 2016 | 5 min. read

    How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Patient Payment Collection

    You take the good; you take the bad. You take ’em both, and you have healthcare reform. Like most government-led initiatives, healthcare reform in general—and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in particular—has inspired a lot of passionate debate. And that’s because, while it has expanded health coverage to millions of previously uninsured people (woo-hoo!), it also has given way to some less-than-positive consequences. One such effect: the trend toward increased patient financial responsibility (whomp, whomp). Out-of-Pocket Overload …

  • Odd Provider Out: Why PT Exclusion from MIPS is Bad for Future Payments Image

    articleMay 4, 2016 | 6 min. read

    Odd Provider Out: Why PT Exclusion from MIPS is Bad for Future Payments

    It’s official: rehab therapists are just a sashay away from exiting the PQRS dance floor. That’s because last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed final rule that, if adopted, will put into effect the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). And that, in turn, will give the green light to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) , a brand spankin’-new quality data reporting program that consolidates PQRS , …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Paula Beavin Image

    articleApr 27, 2016 | 6 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Paula Beavin

    Oscar Wilde famously argued that life imitates art far more than art imitates life. Well, no offense to Mr. Wilde, but Paula Beavin would take imitation out of the equation completely. Because the way she sees it, life is, in fact, art: “Art is something that’s included in every person’s life every single day—you just don’t realize it,” she said. From culinary arts (making coffee and breakfast) and design (picking out your outfit for the day) to …

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