• 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,” …

  • 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 …

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