• 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 …

  • More Than Luck: 5 PPS 2016 Takeaways Image

    articleOct 26, 2016 | 6 min. read

    More Than Luck: 5 PPS 2016 Takeaways

    Last week, the Wynn Las Vegas was abuzz with more than the whir of spinning reels and the jangle of noisy slot machines. That’s because, amidst the usual cheers and chimes of a casino floor, more than 1,000 private practice leaders, vendors, students, and other professionals came together to share and learn advice for private practice success during PPS 2016. Throughout all of the sessions I attended, I noticed one centralized theme: it’s going to take more …

  • Goodbye, Grace: CMS Ends ICD-10 Flexibility Period Image

    articleOct 5, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Goodbye, Grace: CMS Ends ICD-10 Flexibility Period

    As healthcare providers say “goodbye” to the month of September, they’ll have to say “ hello ” to more than just cooler temps and the beginning of a new season. That’s because, as of October 1, 2016, Medicare’s ICD-10 grace period is officially over. That means if providers continue to submit unspecified codes when other, more specific codes exist, Medicare will start saying “no” to paying for those claims. Feeling a bit underprepared for this change? Here’s …

  • What We're Reading Right Now Image

    articleSep 21, 2016 | 6 min. read

    What We're Reading Right Now

    Take a stroll through WebPT headquarters, and you’ll see dozens of diagrams on whiteboards, brainstorming sessions in progress, smiling faces, Nerf darts, and a whole lot of hard workers. But, if you look a little closer, you’ll notice books—tons of books. They’re displayed on shelves, stacked on desks, and even organized into mini departmental libraries. Heck, we even have an internal Google+ page where teams can leave book reviews. That’s because here at WebPT, we encourage everyone …

  • Happy World Physical Therapy Day! Image

    articleSep 7, 2016 | 3 min. read

    Happy World Physical Therapy Day!

      In 1996, The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) designated September 8 as World Physical Therapy Day. Since then, PTs all over the globe have joined together annually on this special day to celebrate and support the physical therapy industry as a whole. Every year, the WCPT selects a theme that highlights the power PTs have to transform their communities and the world. For 2016, the theme is “add life to years.” It’s meant to encourage …

  • Sink or Swim: How Well Do You Know HIPAA? [Quiz] Image

    articleAug 30, 2016 | 1 min. read

    Sink or Swim: How Well Do You Know HIPAA? [Quiz]

    The threat of a HIPAA violation or breach is almost as scary as the thought of dangling your feet into a murky lake. (I mean, who really knows what lurks in dark water? Yikes!) That’s why we created this HIPAA quiz—to help you figure out how well you can navigate even the sketchiest of situations. And while we can’t promise that you won’t ever run into a lake monster, we can certainly say you’ll come out the …

  • The Evolution of Facebook and What That Means for Small Businesses Image

    articleAug 22, 2016 | 6 min. read

    The Evolution of Facebook and What That Means for Small Businesses

    These days, it seems that nearly everyone uses Facebook to check in, share content, and catch up with one another—including your selfie-posting, candy-crushing granny. So, there’s no way it could be that complicated to set up a successful Facebook business page, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Thanks to a whopping 34 algorithm changes in the (Face)books so far (see what I did there?), even the most tech-savvy of individuals may feel out of the loop. So, …

  • Up and Outcomes: Why You’ll Need Quality Data to Get Paid in the Value Era Image

    articleAug 12, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Up and Outcomes: Why You’ll Need Quality Data to Get Paid in the Value Era

    On the WebPT Blog, we’ve extensively covered the benefits of tracking and accurately analyzing outcomes data—from why it’s essential for patient safety to why it’s necessary to brand physical therapists as neuromuscular experts . But, as we move toward a pay-for-performance healthcare paradigm, objective outcomes data won’t merely be beneficial to physical therapists; it will be necessary for them to get paid. Here’s why: Payers Depend on Data Payers are transitioning to reimbursement structures rooted in service …

  • How to Solicit Patient Reviews and Testimonials Image

    articleAug 2, 2016 | 6 min. read

    How to Solicit Patient Reviews and Testimonials

    If you’re a private practice rehab therapist looking to grow your business, you have a lot of options for attracting new patients—from diversifying your revenue stream with unique services to boosting your marketing spend. A less obvious—but equally important—piece of the growing-your-practice puzzle: tapping your existing customer base to help you gain new customers. More specifically, I’m alluding to harnessing the power of happy patients to help spread the love to potential patients. How? By soliciting customer …

  • New Business Checklist for Private Practice PTs Image

    articleJul 29, 2016 | 8 min. read

    New Business Checklist for Private Practice PTs

    In the world of tasks and to-dos, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as completing a checklist (amirite?). I certainly believe this is true—which means, I can check “being right” off of my list of to-dos for today. Cha-ching! But, enough about me. If you’re starting a physical therapy clinic , you’ve probably got enough tasks floating around in your mind to make a list a mile long—and that list has to cover all of your bases. Feeling …

  • Therapist Assistant vs. Therapy Tech: What's the Difference? Image

    articleJul 26, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Therapist Assistant vs. Therapy Tech: What's the Difference?

    To work in the physical therapy industry , you don’t necessarily have to be a doctor of physical therapy (DPT). In fact, you can make a huge difference in patients’ lives by serving in a supporting role—especially as a therapist assistant or a therapy technician. Now, these jobs might sound like a “poh-tay-toe”, “poh-tah-toe” kind of situation. And by that, I mean: same job, different name. Right? Well, don’t let their names fool you; the roles are …

  • From Staff Therapist to CEO: What’s the Right Career Path?  Image

    articleJul 20, 2016 | 6 min. read

    From Staff Therapist to CEO: What’s the Right Career Path?

    So—you’re a PT, PTA, or therapy tech, and you’ve got a nice gig at a hospital, an outpatient clinic, or an inpatient facility. You’re happy, but you can’t help but wonder what else is out there over the rainbow. In other words, you’re not sure where your career is going—or what path you should take. Well, you’re in luck, because I have a plan for you. All you need to do is follow the yellow brick road; …

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