• FAQ: Unwrapping MIPS and the Final Rule: How to Prepare for 2019 Image

    articleDec 14, 2018 | 37 min. read

    FAQ: Unwrapping MIPS and the Final Rule: How to Prepare for 2019

    Earlier this week, Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, WebPT President and Co-Founder, and Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, WebPT Director of Clinical Practice, Outcomes, and Education, hosted an hour-long webinar that unwrapped the many layers of MIPS and the 2019 physician fee schedule. Unsurprisingly, tearing through the layers of CMS’s latest gift revealed a crush of questions—many of which our experts didn’t have time to fully address. So, we compiled the most frequently asked ones for …

  • Is Your Practice HIPAA-Compliant? [Quiz] Image

    articleDec 12, 2018 | 1 min. read

    Is Your Practice HIPAA-Compliant? [Quiz]

    Back in 1996—long before the days of social media and smartphones—Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as a means of governing the manner in which providers, insurers, and business associates collect, share, and use patient protected health information (PHI). Ultimately, it’s in everyone’s best interest to ensure that patient information remains private, but adhering to all HIPAA rules can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned provider—especially in the age of …

  • 8 Simple Rules for Creating a Medicare POC Image

    articleDec 3, 2018 | 5 min. read

    8 Simple Rules for Creating a Medicare POC

    “Simple” and “Medicare” are rarely used in the same sentence, but that doesn’t have to be the case—especially when it comes to developing physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology plans of care (POCs) and adhering to certification requirements. While these treatment outlines might seem daunting at first, there are totally easy-to-follow guidelines to ensure yours are always comprehensive and compliant. To that end, here are eight simple rules for creating a Medicare POC—so you can provide …

  • Should My PT Practice Participate in MIPS? [Quiz] Image

    articleNov 29, 2018 | 1 min. read

    Should My PT Practice Participate in MIPS? [Quiz]

    In 2019, some physical, occupational, and speech therapists will be required to participate in Medicare's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) —a mash-up of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Meaningful Use (MU), and Value-based Modifier (VM) programs. Others will be able to opt-in, and still others will be excluded from participating at all (except in a voluntary manner that leaves them ineligible to receive the payment incentive or adjustment). Not sure where your practice stands? Take this …

  • What is Defensible Documentation? Image

    articleNov 20, 2018 | 7 min. read

    What is Defensible Documentation?

    We get it: no one actually enjoys documentation. It can be cumbersome and time-consuming—not to mention frustrating. Unfortunately, though, for a PT, OT, or SLP, defensible documentation is a necessary evil. It’s a good thing, then, that technology can help make the entire process smoother—and that there are resources available to help you ensure your documentation meets all defensibility standards. But, what are those standards? What, exactly, is defensible documentation? In short, it’s documentation that not only …

  • 27 Perfect Gifts for Speech-Language Pathologists Image

    articleNov 16, 2018 | 6 min. read

    27 Perfect Gifts for Speech-Language Pathologists

    Speech-language pathologists and speech therapists help people better connect with their friends, family, and peers every single day. Verbal communication is one of the main building blocks of human relationships, and it’s something most of us take for granted. So, if an SLP has touched your life in some way this year, now’s the time to show him or her just how much you appreciate it. But, finding a thoughtful, personal gift can be a time-consuming endeavor, …

  • 27 Perfect Gifts for Occupational Therapists Image

    articleNov 14, 2018 | 6 min. read

    27 Perfect Gifts for Occupational Therapists

    While most of us consider the holidays to be the season of giving, occupational therapists embody the giving spirit year-round—tirelessly dedicating themselves to helping people lead happier, more fulfilling lives. It’s not always an easy job, but OTs take it on with gusto, because they truly care about their patients’ health and wellbeing. And if you’ve got an OT on your holiday shopping list, now’s the time to show him or her just how much you appreciate …

  • 27 Perfect Gifts for Physical Therapists Image

    articleNov 13, 2018 | 7 min. read

    27 Perfect Gifts for Physical Therapists

    ’Tis far better to give than to receive, but finding the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list can be a major challenge. Sure, online shopping can help simplify the whole gift-hunting process, but one Google search can also send you tumbling through pages upon pages of possible purchases. Before you know it, the Internet has stolen another hour—or more—of your life, your peppermint latte caffeine buzz is starting to wear off, and your virtual shopping …

  • Spot the Difference: Rules for Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage Image

    articleNov 9, 2018 | 5 min. read

    Spot the Difference: Rules for Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage

    Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have similar structures, because MA plans are required to (at minimum): offer the same benefits that traditional Medicare provides to its beneficiaries, and adhere to all CMS National and Local Coverage Determinations. However, there are some significant differences between the two . And that makes sense given that traditional Medicare is government-operated, while Medicare Advantage plans are operated by Medicare-approved private companies. Thus, many of the core Medicare requirements don't automatically …

  • Plandemonium: Everything PTs Need to Know About Medicare Original, Advantage, and Supplement Plans Image

    articleOct 30, 2018 | 6 min. read

    Plandemonium: Everything PTs Need to Know About Medicare Original, Advantage, and Supplement Plans

    Generally speaking, Medicare is a federally funded health insurance program  that provides benefits for people who are 65 or older; people with disabilities; and people with end-stage renal disease. Each part of Medicare—A, B, C, and D—covers a distinct set of services and benefits. Then, there are Supplement Plans that fill in some of the gaps. Not sure how Part C differs from Part A—or what gaps a Supplement Plan could possibly fill? How about Original Medicare …

  • Common Questions from Our Medicare Open Forum Webinar Image

    articleOct 25, 2018 | 43 min. read

    Common Questions from Our Medicare Open Forum Webinar

    Earlier this week, WebPT President Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, teamed up with Rick Gawenda, PT—President and CEO of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting—to host a Medicare Open Forum . As expected, we received more questions than our Medicare experts could answer during the live session, so we've provided the answers to the most frequently asked ones below. Don't see the answer you're looking for? Post your question in the comment section at the end of this …

  • The Ins and Outs of ABNs Image

    articleOct 18, 2018 | 6 min. read

    The Ins and Outs of ABNs

    If the rules of Advance Beneficiary Notices of Noncoverage (ABNs) make you a bit confused, you’re definitely not alone. In an effort to shed some light on the ins and outs of ABNs and to highlight some recent changes to ABN requirements, Medicare created this set of FAQs clarifying their use. Here’s some info to help bring you up to speed: What is an Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN)? An ABN is a form practitioners use …

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