• 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 …

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    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,” …

  • 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 …

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    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 …

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    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 …

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