• The Case for Coders Image

    articleFeb 23, 2015 | 3 min. read

    The Case for Coders

    As the ICD-10 saga unfolds, providers and other stakeholders inevitably will find that the new codes are far more specific than ICD-9 . And because of that specificity, simple mistakes could lead to reimbursement delays and claim denials. To get ahead of the game and prevent denials, you’ll need some type of quality control to keep those tiny—but potentially costly—errors from occurring. One way to do that? Hire an outside expert: an ICD-10-trained medical coder. Decoding Coders …

  • Want to Get More Out of Your CEUs? Here’s How. Image

    articleFeb 20, 2015 | 2 min. read

    Want to Get More Out of Your CEUs? Here’s How.

    As a therapist, you’re committed to changing lives by helping people get better. One way to provide higher quality patient care—a crucial component of that commitment—is through education. By continuing your education, you have the opportunity to broaden your clinical expertise as well as deepen your knowledge of your specialty. Furthermore, you’re boosting your professional development with newly gleaned skills and experience. Although most states require continued education , its importance extends well beyond staying sharp. The …

  • How to Lose a Valentine in ICD-10 Days Image

    articleFeb 12, 2015 | 5 min. read

    How to Lose a Valentine in ICD-10 Days

    For some, Valentine’s Day provides a reason to break out the bubbly; for others, it’s an excuse to stay in and avoid all the lovey-dovey hoopla. But whether Valentine’s Day has you celebrating or scowling, these ICD-10 codes are sure to elicit a chuckle or two: 1. I Love You, but I Love Me (More) Feeling preoccupied with your own self-importance? You might not be alone, but you could certainly end up that way. If ICD-10 code …

  • 3 Options You Should Consider When Starting a PT Practice Image

    articleJan 22, 2015 | 5 min. read

    3 Options You Should Consider When Starting a PT Practice

    Owning your own PT practice could be a dream come true. But if you aren’t sufficiently prepared, the process might end up feeling more like a nightmare. A crucial step in the planning process is determining your ownership approach and business structure. You’ll need to decide whether to start a clinic from scratch, partner with a colleague, or purchase an existing business. In its practice administration guide, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) emphasizes the importance of …

  • How do I Expand Into Cash-Based Services? Image

    articleJan 14, 2015 | 4 min. read

    How do I Expand Into Cash-Based Services?

    As a physical therapist, you have to jump through commercial insurance hoops and keep up with Medicare’s ever-changing regulations—all while dealing with the pain of falling reimbursement rates. But what if you could expand your practice offerings to generate more cash in the present and potentially ditch commercial insurances in the future? The rise of cash-based care appears to be inevitable; it’s flexible, comprehensive, and tailored to the patient’s wants and needs—with no insurance strings attached. According …

  • Five Tips for Training Your Therapists on Electronic Documentation Image

    articleJan 8, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Five Tips for Training Your Therapists on Electronic Documentation

    If you’ve found the right EMR for your clinic, chances are you’ve “been there, done that” (although you probably didn’t get the t-shirt ). You’ve cycled through research, demos, phone calls, and more research—all to ensure you make the best possible choice. But the decision-making process is only the beginning; the second challenge is getting your staff on board. Implementing a new EMR system might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep these five tips …

  • Top Regulatory Changes of 2014 Image

    articleDec 22, 2014 | 3 min. read

    Top Regulatory Changes of 2014

    Ch-ch-ch-changes : We’ve seen a plethora of regulatory changes this year in the PT space—from the ICD-10 delay to the therapy cap increase. Although some of these legislative twists and turns have caused headaches for therapists, others have been hugely positive. For instance, some form of direct access is now available in all 50 states as well as Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands. Read on to learn this year’s top regulatory changes. Regulatory Heavy-Hitters of …

  • Shop the WebPT Marketplace this Holiday Season Image

    articleDec 4, 2014 | 2 min. read

    Shop the WebPT Marketplace this Holiday Season

    If you’re playing Santa this year for your referral sources and don’t feel like coming down the chimney, down —I have a solution for you. With a few clicks, you can order gifts from the WebPT Marketplace and have them delivered anywhere within the US—both chimney soot- and Santa suit-free—without having to wait until exactly 12 o’clock.   Only available to WebPT Members, the WebPT Marketplace is a one-stop shop for your clinic, where you’ll find clinic …

  • GPRO 2015: Is it Worth it? Image

    articleNov 19, 2014 | 4 min. read

    GPRO 2015: Is it Worth it?

    Last week, we covered the registry-and claims-based reporting methods for PQRS. In this post, I’ll discuss the complexities associated with reporting PQRS using the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO). In past years, GPRO seemed to be the most practical option for practices with more than two eligible professionals. This year, however, Medicare added more stipulations to the GPRO program—and in some cases, those add-ons might make the whole thing more trouble than it’s worth. The Basics of …

  • PQRS vs. FLR: What's With All These G-Codes? Image

    articleNov 11, 2014 | 3 min. read

    PQRS vs. FLR: What's With All These G-Codes?

    FFS, POC, CMS, PQRS, FLR—it can be hard to keep track of Medicare’s long list of acronyms . Throw in G-codes, and you might find yourself drowning in alphabet soup. Even more confusing: we use G-codes for both PQRS and FLR, and yet, these two types of G-codes are not interchangeable. PQRS G-Codes Let’s start with PQRS. Chances are, if you treat Medicare Part B patients, you’re reporting PQRS G-codes to CMS to either avoid a penalty …

  • Why Providers Should go Registry-Based Instead of Claims-Based Image

    articleNov 10, 2014 | 4 min. read

    Why Providers Should go Registry-Based Instead of Claims-Based

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, I am not talking about the upcoming holiday season ; I’m talking about the L, M, N, O—wait for it—PQRS season. Now, before you roll your eyes at what you might call misplaced cheer, let me explain: PQRS doesn’t have to be groan-worthy—if you choose the best reporting method, that is (more on that later). CMS designed PQRS in an effort to improve the quality of data reporting …

  • Happy National PT Month Image

    articleOct 2, 2014 | 3 min. read

    Happy National PT Month

    Your October might be spent ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the leaves changing colors, enjoying—or avoiding—mountains of chocolate in your kids’ trick-or-treat bags, and taking advantage of sweater weather. Or, if you’re in Arizona (like I am), you could be enjoying your October in the low triple digits, sipping an iced coffee. Either way, this month, you’ve got plenty of reasons to celebrate—among them: what it means to be a PT. Because one more thing that’s synonymous with …

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