• 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 …

  • 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 …

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