• 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 …

  • 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 …

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