• Outcomes and OMT FAQ Image

    articleApr 26, 2016 | 11 min. read

    Outcomes and OMT FAQ

    In January, we hosted a webinar focused on the importance of outcomes tracking in physical therapy. In addition to explaining why it’s absolutely critical that therapists collect objective data on patient progress, we highlighted a few of the reports available in WebPT Outcomes . With the move to a value-based payment environment already in full swing, outcomes tracking is a hot topic in the physical therapy space, and that meant lots of thoughtful question from our webinar …

  • Four Things You Need to Know About OT Salary Image

    articleApr 22, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Four Things You Need to Know About OT Salary

    You didn’t choose this profession for the paycheck. You became an occupational therapist because you enjoy helping people improve the quality of their lives—and that’s the way it should be. Still, you shouldn’t completely ignore the dollar amount on your paystub. Money might not be your main motivator, but you deserve fair compensation for the quality of therapy you provide. But determining what’s fair can be tricky, because there are a lot of forces at play. So, …

  • Just Say No: How to Balance What Patients Want with What’s Right for Business Image

    articleApr 20, 2016 | 8 min. read

    Just Say No: How to Balance What Patients Want with What’s Right for Business

    You’ve probably heard the saying, “The customer is always right.” The question of whether this enduring axiom of customer service—which, according to this article , dates all the way back to 1909—applies to business in the modern world certainly is debatable. And that’s especially true when it comes to the business of health care. Today’s patients are more educated than ever before—hello, Internet!—which means they’re more eager to sit in the driver’s seat with respect to their …

  • Outcomes Blueprint: Working Quality Data Collection into Your Workflow Image

    articleApr 12, 2016 | 8 min. read

    Outcomes Blueprint: Working Quality Data Collection into Your Workflow

    So, you want to start collecting outcomes data in your rehab therapy practice, huh? Major props to you! (If I could high-five you through the screen, I totally would.) As our blog content over the past few months would suggest, we here at WebPT are big fans of outcomes tracking . But, as with any other major endeavor—in business or in life—success with outcomes collection is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration. In other words, it’s not enough to …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Brian Buikema Image

    articleMar 29, 2016 | 5 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Brian Buikema

    Whether he’s beading a necklace or building new software, Brian Buikema is always focused on the end user—and that means leveraging both his creative talent and his technical prowess to create products that delight. As a senior software architect at WebPT, Brian spends his days researching, planning, developing, and testing software features that our Members need and want. But Brian is not your average techie; sure, he’s a computer nerd by trade, but he’s an artist at …

  • 4 Ways Outcomes Will Launch PTs to Primary Care Stardom Image

    articleMar 16, 2016 | 7 min. read

    4 Ways Outcomes Will Launch PTs to Primary Care Stardom

    If you’ve seen one Will Ferrell movie, you’ve pretty much seen ’em all. I mean, I’ll bust out a Ron Burgundy quote as enthusiastically as the next cheesy ’00s comedy fanatic, but I think we can all agree that our favorite hilariously clueless news anchor is really just Buddy the Elf in a blazer. And in the same way that Hollywood tends to typecast actors, the medical world has pigeonholed rehab therapists as adjunct providers. But as …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on John Brauchie Image

    articleFeb 26, 2016 | 5 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on John Brauchie

    John Brauchie is a sort of baseball hipster: he was making unassisted triple plays before unassisted triple plays were a thing—or at least before he knew they were a thing. “I think I was about 9 years old,” he said. “I caught the ball at first and touched first; then, I ran to second base and touched second. I didn’t even really know what I did or how rare it was until my dad told me later.” …

  • 4 Reasons PTs Can’t Afford to Ignore Coding Reform (PTCPS Special Report, Part 3) Image

    articleFeb 15, 2016 | 6 min. read

    4 Reasons PTs Can’t Afford to Ignore Coding Reform (PTCPS Special Report, Part 3)

    For most PTs, coding for service charges is kind of an afterthought—something they do at the end of the day, after they’ve finished up all of their paperwork. It’s a task that—while not the most exciting endeavor—is fairly straightforward: find the CPT code that matches the service provided, calculate the correct number of units, record everything appropriately, and move on to bigger and better things (i.e., treating and healing patients). But, in less than a year, that …

  • 7 Shades of Coding Controversy (PTCPS Special Report, Part 2)  Image

    articleFeb 11, 2016 | 16 min. read

    7 Shades of Coding Controversy (PTCPS Special Report, Part 2)

    In the first post of this three-part series, I provided an in-depth look at the history and philosophy behind the APTA’s proposed Physical Therapy Classification and Payment System (PTCPS). If adopted—and as of now, that looks pretty likely—this CPT coding overhaul would completely change the way physical therapists code for the services they provide. The kicker? PTs could be required to begin using the new codes—some of them, anyway—as early as January 1, 2017, with full implementation …

  • The Complete History of the New PT Payment System (PTCPS Special Report, Part 1) Image

    articleFeb 9, 2016 | 14 min. read

    The Complete History of the New PT Payment System (PTCPS Special Report, Part 1)

    If you’re a PT, then the numbers 97001, 97110, 97140, and 97530 probably are as deeply ingrained in your memory as the average person’s street address, phone number, or birthday. Well, what if I told you that in less than two years’ time, those numbers—and the CPT codes they represent—actually could become nothing more than a memory? If that sounds like crazy talk to you, then allow me to introduce you to the APTA’s proposed Physical Therapy …

  • How to Optimize Your WebPT Setup Image

    articleFeb 2, 2016 | 4 min. read

    How to Optimize Your WebPT Setup

    As a cloud-based application, WebPT works with any Internet browser on virtually any web-enabled device. That said, there are some devices that are a bit more WebPT-compatible than others. So, in the interest of providing our Members with the best possible user experience, we’ve compiled the following recommendations. Read on to learn how to optimize your technology for WebPT.

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  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Erin Hinson Image

    articleJan 29, 2016 | 6 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Erin Hinson

    For Erin Hinson, “routine” is a four-letter word. The way she sees it, every day should be different—and not just because it’s a new date on the calendar. So, it’s no surprise that over the course of her career, Erin’s job duties have run the gamut from assembling focus groups for dog food market research, to managing the tour schedule for a belly-dancing troupe, to chasing down advertising dollars from local gentlemen’s clubs. “I get bored easily,” …

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