• The 8-Minute Rule: What it is and How it Works in WebPT Image

    articleSep 13, 2018 | 12 min. read

    The 8-Minute Rule: What it is and How it Works in WebPT

    With most buyer-seller transactions, calculating the cost of a product or service is fairly simple. There are no complicated formulas for determining the monetary value of a pizza or a movie ticket; you simply pay the business’s advertised price. When it comes to Medicare’s payment for rehab therapy services, however, things aren’t always so simple. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded 8-Minute Rule (a.k.a. the Rule of Eights). So, here’s a rundown of the rule as well …

  • National Payment Amounts for Top Rehab Therapy CPT Codes Image

    articleSep 6, 2018 | 2 min. read

    National Payment Amounts for Top Rehab Therapy CPT Codes

    Here at WebPT, we receive a lot of questions about the typical payment amounts for the most commonly used physical therapy Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes . So, we pulled some stats and turned it into a nifty one-sheet download. For reference, WebPT has more than 83,000 therapy professionals using our system (as of August 2018)—and that means we have a robust amount of data showing how therapists use CPT codes in real life. As a reminder, …

  • Are You Paying Your Rehab Therapy Clinic Staff Enough? Image

    articleAug 30, 2018 | 4 min. read

    Are You Paying Your Rehab Therapy Clinic Staff Enough?

    Every good boss wants to ensure that he or she is paying his or her employees enough—in most cases, more than enough—to cover the cost of living and prevent financial worry from getting in the way of job satisfaction. But with many rehab therapy students graduating with massive debt —and fee schedules on the decline—it can be difficult for a rehab therapy practice to properly pay staff and keep enough money in the practice to remain in …

  • Common Questions from Our PT Billing Open Forum Image

    articleAug 18, 2018 | 34 min. read

    Common Questions from Our PT Billing Open Forum

    Last week, WebPT’s trio of billing experts—Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, WebPT President and Co-founder; John Wallace, PT, MS, WebPT Chief Business Development Officer of Revenue Cycle Management; and Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, WebPT Director of Clinical Practice, Outcomes, and Education—hosted a live open forum on physical therapy billing . Before the webinar, we challenged registrants to serve up their trickiest PT billing head-scratchers—and boy, did they deliver! We received literally hundreds of questions on …

  • 3 Smart Ways to Use Data Reports in Your PT Practice  Image

    articleAug 8, 2018 | 8 min. read

    3 Smart Ways to Use Data Reports in Your PT Practice

    Recently, we published a blog post detailing all of the reports now available in WebPT to help Members access even greater business intelligence—which in turn helps them make important operational decisions. Today, we thought we’d cover three super-relevant business questions you can answer based on information garnered from these reports (adapted from a wonderful resource created by WebPT Product Marketing Manager Bradley LaFave and Education Team Lead Moriah Ujano). So, without further ado, here we go: 1. …

  • Billing for Habilitation vs. Rehabilitation Services: What PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know Image

    articleJul 26, 2018 | 4 min. read

    Billing for Habilitation vs. Rehabilitation Services: What PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know

    According to this AOTA briefing , in 2017, federal law mandated that many individual and small group market health plans provide beneficiaries with separate visit limits for habilitative and rehabilitative services in an effort to provide equal coverage. As a result, some insurance companies now require providers to affix modifiers to their claims, thus indicating the type of services being provided. With that in mind, we thought it’d be a good idea to provide some clarity around …

  • What's the Right Payer Mix for Your Practice? Image

    articleJul 17, 2018 | 6 min. read

    What's the Right Payer Mix for Your Practice?

    Insurance payments for healthcare services have been declining for a while now , which means providers in all disciplines are looking for ways to optimize their payer mix in order to maximize their revenue. If you haven’t yet calculated the cost of providing your services—and compared that number to the payments you’re receiving to ensure you’re actually making enough money to not only cover those costs, but also turn a profit—then you should. But the question remains: …

  • Common Questions from Our 2018 State of Rehab Therapy Webinar Image

    articleJul 13, 2018 | 21 min. read

    Common Questions from Our 2018 State of Rehab Therapy Webinar

    Earlier this year, we surveyed nearly 7,000 PT, OT, and SLP professionals on the current state of the rehab therapy industry, asking questions on everything from salary and student loan debt to payer mix and patient dropout. We then compiled their responses into our comprehensive State of Rehab Therapy in 2018 report and hosted webinar during which Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, president and co-founder of WebPT, and Nancy Ham, WebPT CEO, offered their take on …

  • What Independent PT Practices Can Learn from POPTS Image

    articleJul 12, 2018 | 7 min. read

    What Independent PT Practices Can Learn from POPTS

    Physician-owned physical therapy services (POPTS) get a bad rap in the private practice world. After all, many independent PTs blame them for dwindling referrals and revenues. But, those physicians are doing what every healthcare provider is doing in this challenging healthcare environment: trying to take over the world. Just kidding—trying to remain profitable by adding additional revenue streams that benefit their patients. So, rather than complain about what others are doing—and what is and isn’t fair—PTs might …

  • The Biggest Budget Mistake in All of Rehab Therapy Image

    articleJul 3, 2018 | 6 min. read

    The Biggest Budget Mistake in All of Rehab Therapy

    WebPT recently completed its annual state of rehab therapy survey , and we found some really interesting trends: some positive—and some, well, less-than positive. For starters, as WebPT President Heidi Jannenga wrote here , “the data showing the distribution of men and women in leadership roles appears to be evening out, which means more women are stepping up to take on bigger professional challenges.” That’s a good thing. Unfortunately, though, we also found that the majority of …

  • The Ultimate Guide to Using Reports in WebPT Image

    articleJun 29, 2018 | 9 min. read

    The Ultimate Guide to Using Reports in WebPT

    The word “report” often carries a slightly negative connotation. After all, who honestly gets pumped up about things like book reports, progress reports, or TPS reports ? But, when it comes to boosting and maintaining the health of your business, reports can be extremely valuable. And because there are already tons of awesome, easy-to-use reports available within WebPT, you don’t have to go far to take advantage of these tools. Plus, we recently launched Analytics , so …

  • The Tech Effect: 3 Ways Your PT Support Staff are Ruining the Patient Experience Image

    articleJun 21, 2018 | 4 min. read

    The Tech Effect: 3 Ways Your PT Support Staff are Ruining the Patient Experience

    Many practices employ physical therapy techs to help progress patients through their in-clinic exercises when a therapist has multiple patients in the office at the same time. While techs can help enable therapists to manage larger patient loads —thereby improving patient access to care and increasing revenue for the business—there may be a cost associated with this common business practice. And that’s especially true if your techs aren’t practicing at the top of their game. In fact, …

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