• 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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, …

  • Dawn of the ICD-10: Life in the Post-Transition World Image

    articleOct 28, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Dawn of the ICD-10: Life in the Post-Transition World

    Some of you might remember all of the hype around Y2K. Rumors and speculation were abuzz, and there were people who thought all hell was going to break loose when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2000. And then—dun, dun, dun—nothing happened. The Hyperbolic Hype The lead-up to October 1 was similar in many respects, albeit on a much smaller scale. People all over the healthcare community were freaking out about the unknown; some large practices …

  • ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: Am I Choosing the Right ICD-10 Code? Image

    articleOct 23, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: Am I Choosing the Right ICD-10 Code?

    We’re a little more than three weeks into the ICD-10 transition, and while the frenzy seems to be dying down, there are still a lot of folks out there who aren’t 100% confident in their coding abilities. Of all the coding-related questions we’ve received, the vast majority have fallen into the “Is [insert ICD-10 code] the right code for [insert injury, disease, or condition]?” category. In this edition of our ICD-10 Talk video series, Dr. Heidi Jannenga …

  • ICD-10 FAQ Part Three Image

    articleOct 20, 2015 | 16 min. read

    ICD-10 FAQ Part Three

    In the movie world, threequels have a reputation for failing to match the glory of their predecessors (The Hangover Part III, anyone?). It’s almost like the writers know they’re out of material, but instead of knowing when to fold ’em, they continue to hold ’em—right up until the inevitable flop. But with ICD-10, the questions just keep getting better—which means the third and latest installment of our ICD-10 FAQ is even juicier than the last. So, grab …

  • 5 Reasons Patient Engagement is the Path to Optimal Outcomes Image

    articleOct 13, 2015 | 6 min. read

    5 Reasons Patient Engagement is the Path to Optimal Outcomes

    If you’re a practicing rehab therapist, you probably don’t need data to tell you that engaged patients tend to achieve better outcomes than their non-engaged peers. But while the engagement-outcomes connection is fairly obvious, the reasons behind it may not be. By understanding those reasons, you can apply engagement strategies that foster better behavior in all of your patients—thus allowing them to achieve even better outcomes. And as pay-for-performance takes the throne as the dominant payment paradigm …

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