• Common Questions from Our New PT and OT Evaluation Codes Webinar Image

    articleDec 19, 2016 | 20 min. read

    Common Questions from Our New PT and OT Evaluation Codes Webinar

    This month’s webinar on the new CPT codes was our biggest one yet—more than 11, 000 people registered to attend. With such a large—and clinically diverse—audience, we received a ton of questions. And due to time constraints, our hosts—WebPT’s own Heidi Jannenga and compliance expert Rick Gawenda—weren’t able to get to even a fraction of them during the live broadcast. Not to worry, though; we’ve done our best to answer them all here, in one giant FAQ …

  • Functional Limitation Reporting Refresher Image

    articleDec 12, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Functional Limitation Reporting Refresher

    The rehab therapy industry is abuzz with PQRS talk right now. In case you missed it: PQRS as it exists today is dunzo . In 2017, it’ll be replaced with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System , or MIPS. Unfortunately, though—and yes, it is unfortunate —PTs, OTs, and SLPs are not required to complete MIPS reporting until 2019. (And the jury is still out as to whether they’ll be able to voluntarily participate before then.) All outpatient rehab …

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    E-health Records and Data Exchange Part II

    Dec 5, 2016

    NYSBA Health Law Section Presents E-health Records and Data Exchange Part II
    New York, NY

    CLE: This program is accredited for 2.5 MCLE credits in the area of Professional Practice, and is non-transitional or not suitable for credit for newly-admitted attorneys. Cost for Live Program or Webcast: Health Law Section Members: $50.00 NYSBA Members: $85.00 NYSBA Non-members: $125.00 Program Overview: The NYSBA’s Health Law Section, in collaboration with Albany Law School and Fordham Law School, is holding the second program of a two-part series exploring the state of population health initiatives for …

  • The Bundle Conundrum: Should PTs Participate in CJR? Image

    articleNov 9, 2016 | 6 min. read

    The Bundle Conundrum: Should PTs Participate in CJR?

    There a lot of hot topics in health care right now. Among top trending terms like “Affordable Care Act, ” “pay-for-performance, ” and “value-based care, ” you’ve also probably heard “Medicare bundled payments”—specifically, “CJR” (or Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement ). It’s a new bundled payment model from CMS, and it is of particular importance to outpatient rehab providers. As this article explains, “CJR will support better care for patients who are undergoing elective hip and knee …

  • The Definitive Medicare Part B FAQ for Outpatient PT, OT, and SLP Image

    articleOct 27, 2016 | 33 min. read

    The Definitive Medicare Part B FAQ for Outpatient PT, OT, and SLP

    In October, we hosted a webinar dedicated to the most common Medicare misconceptions . We received a lot of questions from the audience—so many, in fact, that we’ve organized them all into one huge FAQ. Scroll through and check them out, or use the link bank below to skip to a particular section. The Therapy Cap ABNs Modifiers Supervision Prescriptions and Certifications Cash-Pay Rules and Regulations Re-Evaluations Everything Else   The Therapy Cap If a patient reaches …

  • Last Legs: The Compliance Vulnerabilities of Dead or Dying Software Image

    articleOct 24, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Last Legs: The Compliance Vulnerabilities of Dead or Dying Software

    Rusty mechanical equipment. Creaky carnival rides. Wobbly chairs. People are naturally skeptical of things that are dilapidated, rundown, or slipshod—and with good reason. After all, that which is ramshackle usually isn’t reliable. Now, imagine it’s the software you use everyday to run your rehab therapy practice that’s gone derelict. Take PTOS software, for example . It’s going out of business, and it has ceased all updates and maintenance care. Essentially, it’s neglected—and thus, unreliable. You may be …

  • Undoing Denials: Managing Claim Rejections and Appeals in PT Billing Image

    articleOct 20, 2016 | 7 min. read

    Undoing Denials: Managing Claim Rejections and Appeals in PT Billing

    When the stakes aren’t high, people are more forgiving of flubs. If you have a bad hand, a missed stroke, or a poor toss, you may cry, “Mulligan!”—and get a do-over. But, what happens when the stakes are high—like when you’re billing for physical therapy services, and you suffer a denied claim? Do you get a mulligan? The short answer: yes. The long answer: I wouldn’t necessarily call appealing a denied claim a “do-over, ” but the …

  • Breaking News: 2017 MACRA Final Rule Hits Image

    articleOct 17, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Breaking News: 2017 MACRA Final Rule Hits

    After months of heated debate and public commentary—much of it coming from physicians who felt they needed more time to prepare themselves to participate in a brand-new quality reporting program—the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on Friday released its final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) . This act, which will go into effect January 1, 2017, reimburses eligible Medicare physicians based on the quality of care they deliver …

  • 6 Steps to Giving Meaningful Feedback in the Workplace Image

    articleSep 26, 2016 | 7 min. read

    6 Steps to Giving Meaningful Feedback in the Workplace

    Feedback is a funny thing. Everyone loves to receive it, but no one likes to give it. And that spells trouble. Because without feedback, there is no improvement; and without improvement, relationships fail—especially in business. After all, employees leave managers, not companies . That’s right; at the end of the day, employees disengage and eventually quit because of poor relationships with their coworkers and leaders. And the root cause of that failed partnership often is feedback—or lack …

  • 3 Key Action Items from Ascend 2016 Image

    articleSep 14, 2016 | 7 min. read

    3 Key Action Items from Ascend 2016

    The word “Texas” is from the Caddo Indian word “teyshas, ” meaning “friends” or “allies”—which explains why the Texas state motto is simply “friendship.” It was fitting, then, for the friendly state to serve as the location of the third-annual Ascend conference . The camaraderie at the two-day event was contagious, with speakers rallying all attendees to unite behind the overarching goal of advancing the entire rehab therapy profession. There were more than 15 sessions at the …

  • 4 Ways Rehab Therapists are Like World-Class Athletes Image

    articleAug 4, 2016 | 6 min. read

    4 Ways Rehab Therapists are Like World-Class Athletes

    The greatest games in the world are upon us, and as we all tune in and cheer on the nation, we can’t help but marvel at these world-class athletes. To have made it to the grandest arena in sports means they’re truly a cut above the rest—and cut from a different cloth. Their qualities are not unique, though; in fact, we think rehab therapists (PTs, OTs, and SLPs) have a lot in common with the elite athletes …

  • The Case for Specialized Software: Why Your Hospital EHR Hinders Patient Care and Increases Risk Image

    articleJul 28, 2016 | 6 min. read

    The Case for Specialized Software: Why Your Hospital EHR Hinders Patient Care and Increases Risk

    If you Google “hospital EHR, ” you’ll initially receive an overwhelming number of search results for the EHR systems themselves—essentially, advertisements and promotions for their software. Wade through those results, though, and you’ll uncover a wealth of articles in which hospital practitioners complain about their technology and how it negatively impacts patient care. Search “private practice EHR, ” and you’ll encounter the same thing. And these complaints are, by in large, voiced by physicians—the people for which …

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