• What’s Your ICD-10 IQ? [Edit] Image

    articleAug 10, 2015 | 1 min. read

    What’s Your ICD-10 IQ? [Edit]

    For months, we’ve gone on and on about ICD-10 testing: testing your coding processes, testing your software, and testing with your payers. Now, with under two months to go before the transition date, it’s time to test one more very important factor: yourself. After all, no matter how sophisticated your systems and software are, critical thinking—and more importantly, clinical judgment—will make or break your ICD-10 success.   Think you’re an ICD-10 Einstein? Take our quiz to prove …

  • ICD-10 Quick Clips: Converting ICD-9 Codes into ICD-10 Image

    articleAug 7, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Quick Clips: Converting ICD-9 Codes into ICD-10

    One of the best ways to prepare your clinic for the ICD-10 transition is to compile a list of ICD-10 codes for your most common patient diagnoses. For many clinics, the first step of that process would be generating a list of the ICD-9 codes they use most frequently. But how do you go about finding the ICD-10 equivalent for each one of those codes? In this video, I provide a simple tutorial on how to translate …

  • 7 Scoops of 7th Character Sage Image

    articleAug 5, 2015 | 7 min. read

    7 Scoops of 7th Character Sage

    Seven dwarves; seven world wonders; 7-Up. These are all totally non-threatening—some might even say smile-inducing—associations with the number seven. ICD-10’s seventh character, on the other hand, has caused a lot of frowns—or, at the very least, furrowed brows—among those in the healthcare community. And that’s especially true for physical therapists. Here, I’ve compiled a list of seven seventh-character must-knows: 1. There’s no ICD-9 equivalent of the seventh character. ICD-9 caps its codes at five characters, meaning seventh …

  • ICD-10 Quick Clips: How to Use External Cause Codes Image

    articleJul 31, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Quick Clips: How to Use External Cause Codes

     By now, you’ve probably seen—and made fun of—more than a few wacky-sounding ICD-10 codes. And while chances are slim that you’ll actually need to code for a patient who has been struck by a macaw or suffered a burn due to his or her water skis being on fire—two situations that would warrant the use of external cause codes—you may very well need to code for some more common (and less funny) external causes of injury. In …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Stephanie Bunch Image

    articleJul 30, 2015 | 5 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Stephanie Bunch

    Stephanie Bunch will bend over backwards to get a claim paid for a WebPT Billing Service Member. And she means that quite literally—after all, she was a star gymnast back in high school. The Phoenix native specialized in vault and ended up nabbing 11th-place honors in that event at the high school regional championships. “It was just easy for me,” she said. “It was what I always scored highest in.” Of course, dedicating herself to a sport …

  • What to Look for in a PT Biller Image

    articleJul 28, 2015 | 4 min. read

    What to Look for in a PT Biller

    In the words of American rock legend Tom Petty, “Good love is hard to find.” While I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Petty’s wisdom, I think some rehab therapy practice owners might say good employees are even harder to find. And that certainly applies in the billing department. After all, your clinic’s billing operation is crucial to its financial well-being. One bad hire could mean the difference between your clinic achieving private practice rockstardom and hitting rock bottom. …

  • ICD-10 Quick Clips: How to Find the Correct Diagnosis Code Image

    articleJul 24, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Quick Clips: How to Find the Correct Diagnosis Code

     The ICD-10 code set might seem really big and scary, but I like to think of coding in ICD-10 the same way I think about driving around a big city. As long as you know the street system and the general layout, you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting to the right address. Check out this video to learn the basic process of navigating to the right diagnosis code in the ICD-10 code set.

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  • Can You Ace Our 8-Minute Rule Quiz? [Quiz] Image

    articleJul 21, 2015 | 1 min. read

    Can You Ace Our 8-Minute Rule Quiz? [Quiz]

    Maybe you thought your days of grinding through word problems ended when you sold that college algebra textbook back to the university bookstore (for less than half of its original price). But if you’re a rehab therapist who treats Medicare patients, you probably have to call upon your math skills—and maybe even the ol’ TI-83 Plus—fairly often, because sometimes Medicare’s 8-minute rule seems more like a complex trigonometric function than a seemingly straightforward billing formula. Think you’ve …

  • Do I Need a New NPI? (And Other NPI Questions) Image

    articleJul 13, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Do I Need a New NPI? (And Other NPI Questions)

    Are you a HIPAA-covered healthcare provider? If so, take a number—a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number, that is. Because as of May 23, 2007, NPI numbers replace all legacy identifiers—including Unique Physician Identification Numbers (UPIN), Medicaid Provider Numbers, and Medicare Provider Numbers—as the go-to provider identification mechanism in the US healthcare system. But, as with any government-mandated requirement, NPIs have generated quite a few questions over the years. Here are some of the most common ones (along …

  • Counting the Clock: 7 Must-Know Facts about Billable PT Treatment Time Image

    articleJul 8, 2015 | 7 min. read

    Counting the Clock: 7 Must-Know Facts about Billable PT Treatment Time

    In the classic 1993 legal flick The Firm, Gene Hackman’s veteran attorney character advises a rookie associate (played by a young and dashingly handsome Tom Cruise) to bill for any hours he spends “even thinking about a client”—whether he’s “stuck in traffic or shaving or sitting on a park bench.” Unfortunately, the rules governing billable time in rehab therapy are not as, shall we say, open to interpretation. In fact, billing for every single minute of a …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Shayne Peterson Image

    articleJun 25, 2015 | 6 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Shayne Peterson

    Shayne Peterson could write a book on entrepreneurship in the rehab therapy space—and judging by his enthusiasm for trying new things, you just might see his name on the shelves at Barnes & Noble at some point in the future. “Most PTs go into the field to provide care,” he said. “However, if they’re going to be relevant, they need to be a little more business-minded. They need to get out of the medical-model box and operate …

  • 6 Tips for Volunteering as a PT Image

    articleJun 16, 2015 | 6 min. read

    6 Tips for Volunteering as a PT

    Like a good pair of blue jeans or a classic muscle car, volunteering never goes out of style . In fact, as this Nonprofit Times article explains, volunteerism is trending up in America. And as a PT, you’re uniquely poised to make a difference in a big way—at home or abroad. After all, you have the skills—and the power—to drastically change lives for the better. And that includes your own: as physical therapist and Sustainable Therapy and …

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