• 4 More Things PTs Must Do to Take Over the World (as Told at the 9th Annual Graham Sessions) Image

    articleJan 20, 2016 | 11 min. read

    4 More Things PTs Must Do to Take Over the World (as Told at the 9th Annual Graham Sessions)

    In part one of my two-part recap of the 2016 Graham Sessions, I divulged the first half of my recipe for PTs to take over the world—and, in the process, made everyone really, really hungry for roasted marshmallows. To continue with the s’more theme, if yesterday’s post was the top graham and the warm, gooey, slightly charred ’mallow, then today’s article is the bottom cracker and the smooth, melty chocolate. (Yep, that’s drool on your keyboard, isn’t …

  • 5 Things PTs Must Do to Take Over the World (as Told at the 9th Annual Graham Sessions) Image

    articleJan 19, 2016 | 12 min. read

    5 Things PTs Must Do to Take Over the World (as Told at the 9th Annual Graham Sessions)

    To most people, Graham Sessions probably sound like something that would take place next to a crackling campfire—with a bag of jumbo Jet-Puffed marshmallows, a bar of creamy Hershey’s milk chocolate, and a box of crisp Honey Maids. When I attended my first Graham Sessions last year , I was initially disappointed to discover that this beloved annual event had nothing to do with s’mores. What I soon realized, though, is that this forum—often touted as a …

  • Dipping a Toe into the Out-of-Network Waters: The ActivCore Model Image

    articleJan 6, 2016 | 9 min. read

    Dipping a Toe into the Out-of-Network Waters: The ActivCore Model

    As regulations intensify, reimbursements dwindle, and patients take greater control of their health care, interest in cash-pay services and cash-based practice models has increased, especially among physical therapists. For years, we here at WebPT have kept a pulse on the cash trend, sharing hard-hitting pieces by Ann Wendel and Jarod Carter. Recently, we discovered a new out-of-network model—one that’s complementary to the in-network model most practices already have. This setup allows providers to dip their proverbial toes …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Tina Kaminski-Market Image

    articleDec 23, 2015 | 6 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Tina Kaminski-Market

    She’s a former middle-school spelling bee champ, a decorated high school swimmer, and a blue-ribbon show dog handler. But of all of Tina Kaminski-Market’s outstanding achievements, perhaps the one that stands out the most is her personal repertoire of 17 broken bones. “I’m just really accident-prone,” she said. “My peripheral vision is so bad. I’ll walk into doors that have been there for years and yell at them.” Still, Tina’s clutzy tendencies haven’t kept her from chasing …

  • PQRS 2016 FAQ Image

    articleDec 10, 2015 | 17 min. read

    PQRS 2016 FAQ

    Yesterday, we hosted a webinar focused on PQRS 2016. We received a lot of questions during the live session—so many, in fact, that we’ve amassed them here in a handy FAQ. Got a question and don’t see an answer below? Ask it in the comment section at the bottom of this post. Eligibility Do I have to participate in PQRS? What makes me an eligible provider? If you are a healthcare professional providing services paid under or …

  • Think You Know PQRS? [Quiz] Image

    articleDec 2, 2015 | 1 min. read

    Think You Know PQRS? [Quiz]

    PQRS 2016 is on the horizon, and whether you’re an old pro or a reporting rookie, the details of this Medicare quality data program can be tough to keep straight. And with a potential 2% negative payment adjustment on the line, it’s imperative that you understand every facet of this quality data reporting program from A to Z—er, P to S. Think you’ve got PQRS down pat? Prove your smarts with our ten-question quiz. Need a bit …

  • The 8-Minute Rule Showdown: Medicare vs. AMA Image

    articleNov 25, 2015 | 5 min. read

    The 8-Minute Rule Showdown: Medicare vs. AMA

    The guidelines for using the 8-Minute Rule are kind of like the instructions for building a piece of furniture from IKEA: they appear simple at first, but before you know it, you’ve been struggling for hours, you’ve got a lopsided futon, and there are seven leftover screws of various shapes and sizes scattered around your living room floor (maybe they’re just extras, right?). To make matters even more confusing, not all payers adhere to the same set …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Tim Moore Image

    articleNov 20, 2015 | 4 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Tim Moore

    He talks with a thick Louisiana accent, loves the smooth sound of New Orleans jazz, and makes a mean shrimp creole. But while Tim Moore is Cajun through and through, his infectious laugh and genuine smile make him anything but ragin’—well, unless the Saints or the Tigers are losing. A self-described family man, Tim—a native of the Bayou State—grew up playing the trumpet (he even played in the LSU band), attending the annual New Orleans Jazz Fest, and …

  • ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: What are External Cause Codes, and Do I Have to Use Them? Image

    articleNov 6, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: What are External Cause Codes, and Do I Have to Use Them?

    In the latest installment of our ICD-10 Talk series, Dr. Heidi Jannenga clears up the rumors surrounding external cause codes. Found in chapter 20 of the ICD-10 code set, external cause codes provide contextual details about a patient’s injury or condition. Still confused about whether you need to use these codes—and how to do so appropriately? Check out this video, and be sure to stay tuned to the WebPT Blog for all of the latest ICD-10 news …

  • The Rehab Therapist’s Quick Guide to the 2016 Final Rule Image

    articleNov 4, 2015 | 6 min. read

    The Rehab Therapist’s Quick Guide to the 2016 Final Rule

    November is finally here, which means we here at WebPT can’t stop thinking about a juicy, flavorful, hot-out-of-the oven—Medicare Final Rule. While your tastebuds probably aren’t jumping with joy over the thought of chewing over a bunch of regulatory gobbledygook, the good news is that this year’s final rule shouldn’t be too tough to swallow (and if it is, you can always add more gravy). We’ve already picked out the most important pieces and served ’em up …

  • ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: How Many ICD-10 Codes Do I Really Need to Know? Image

    articleOct 30, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: How Many ICD-10 Codes Do I Really Need to Know?

    In this edition of our ICD-10 Talk series, Dr. Heidi Jannenga explains why rehab therapy practitioners don’t need to know every single code in the ICD-10 code set and how they can adapt their ICD-9 strategies to ensure success with ICD-10. Still experiencing ICD-10 transitional hiccups? Stay tuned to the WebPT Blog for all the latest updates on the new code set. If you have any questions, leave ’em in the comment section of this—or any other—post, …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Jamie Hendricks Image

    articleOct 30, 2015 | 5 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Jamie Hendricks

    Every night at around 7:00, Jamie Hendricks turns into a giant, spear-wielding Amazonian woman. She then joins forces with other characters of various shapes, sizes, colors, brandishing their own weaponry to complete virtual quests and challenges, unlock new levels in a fictional world, and—most importantly—have a whole lot of fun. It’s all part of the massively popular multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) known as Final Fantasy XIV. “It’s sort of like World of Warcraft, but it’s geared …

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