• 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 …

  • The tDPT Dilemma: Is a Post-Professional Doctoral Degree Worth the Work?   Image

    articleJun 8, 2015 | 6 min. read

    The tDPT Dilemma: Is a Post-Professional Doctoral Degree Worth the Work?

    The metamorphosis of physical therapy education in America has happened fast—almost caterpillar-to-butterfly fast, it seems. Not so long ago, you could enter the PT market with nothing more than a bachelor’s degree. Then, as the push for graduate-level PT programs picked up steam, more and more physical therapy students started pursuing master’s degrees. And by the time the APTA released its Vision 2020 statement, entry-level PT doctoral programs were already starting to pop up—and so began the …

  • STAND: PTs Changing Lives One Session at a Time Image

    articleJun 2, 2015 | 6 min. read

    STAND: PTs Changing Lives One Session at a Time

    Imagine a world in which people line up at the door for the chance to see a physical therapist—one where a PT has the power to change a patient’s entire life in a single therapy session. To most American PTs, that probably sounds like some kind of alternate universe; after all, overwhelming demand for physical therapy services isn’t something PTs in the US typically experience. In the small Caribbean nation of Haiti, however, that world is all …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Stacey Kulm Image

    articleMay 28, 2015 | 5 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Stacey Kulm

    She’s a former college town bartender, an expert golfer, and a baker of 65-pound wedding cakes—at least one, anyway. But despite her many accomplishments—including shooting back-to-back 78s in her local golf club championships at the ripe old age of 19—Stacey Kulm knows there’s always more to achieve. Stacey’s innate drive to set and exceed goals in all aspects of her life, coupled with her natural knack for problem-solving, makes her an incredible asset to WebPT’s Support team. …

  • Payment Reform is Coming: What PTs Must do to Prepare Image

    articleMay 26, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Payment Reform is Coming: What PTs Must do to Prepare

    When it comes to payment reform, the wheels of change are already in motion—and as you’ve learned in this post on payment models and this one on the proposed PT payment system overhaul, there’s no stopping this train. But forward motion is typically a sign of progress, and that certainly holds true in this case. Because by aligning themselves with the push to reform payment structures and processes to better align with the so-called triple aim—that is, …

  • Taking Charge: The Proposed PT Payment Remodel Image

    articleMay 18, 2015 | 2 min. read

    Taking Charge: The Proposed PT Payment Remodel

    Value-based. Quality-driven. Pay-for-performance . These are some of the buzzwords you’ve probably heard being bandied about in the healthcare payment world. And all that buzz is only going to get louder with time, because no matter how you choose to describe it, the movement toward better care at a lower cost is picking up major steam. As we already covered in a previous blog post , that movement has manifested in the formation of several different alternative …

  • Slicing the Pie: How Payers Distribute Bundled Payments Image

    articleMay 13, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Slicing the Pie: How Payers Distribute Bundled Payments

    Last month, I explained the ins and outs of payment bundling and why it could prove highly lucrative for physical therapists—especially considering the US healthcare system’s impending shift to a value-based payment environment. And while bundled payments might sound pretty great in theory, when we get down to brass tacks, the question on everyone’s mind seems to be, “Who’s cutting the payment pie, and how big will my slice be?” If you’re looking for a simple answer, …

  • America’s Next Top Payment Model: The Move to Pay-for-Quality Image

    articleMay 11, 2015 | 9 min. read

    America’s Next Top Payment Model: The Move to Pay-for-Quality

    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to provide higher-quality care at a lower cost. With the healthcare industry’s fast-moving transition to value-based —rather than service-based—payment systems, that’s the challenge many providers are facing. And while that mission may very well seem impossible, the truth is that rehab therapists and their peers in other medical fields don’t really have much of a choice as to whether they’ll accept it.

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  • Past, Present, and Possibility: The Progression of Pay-for-Performance Image

    articleMay 7, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Past, Present, and Possibility: The Progression of Pay-for-Performance

    For decades, healthcare leaders have searched for a way to balance the interests of providers, patients, and payers. The pay-for-performance paradigm has emerged as a front-runner in the race to drive down healthcare costs while simultaneously raising the quality of care and increasing patient satisfaction. But what, exactly, does this buzz term mean? Defining Pay-for-Performance As this Health Affairs article explains, the pay-for-performance umbrella encompasses any “initiatives aimed at improving the quality, efficiency, and overall value of …

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