• Direct Access Laws by State (Alabama-Hawaii) Image

    articleDec 8, 2017 | 10 min. read

    Direct Access Laws by State (Alabama-Hawaii)

    If you’re a physical therapist—and you’re licensed in the United States—then you’re practicing in a direct access state. That’s right: In all 50 states—as well as the US Virgin Islands and DC—direct access to at least a physical therapy evaluation is the law of the land. But, before you start seeing every patient who walks through your door without a physician referral, there are a few things you ought to know. The laws around direct access can …

  • 6 Surefire Signs Medicare Will Audit Your PT Practice (and How to Fix 'Em) Image

    articleNov 30, 2017 | 7 min. read

    6 Surefire Signs Medicare Will Audit Your PT Practice (and How to Fix 'Em)

    Camping season may be over, but I’m in the mood to tell a scary campfire story. So, here goes: It’s an average work day. Your last patient just left, and you’ve got a little downtime between appointments to grab a cup of coffee and catch up on documentation. As you sit down at your desk, you notice a stack of envelopes. “The mail must’ve come early today,” you think to yourself. As you thumb through the advertisements …

  • Ransomware and Malware: 7 Simple Ways to Protect Your Practice from Hacks Image

    articleNov 28, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Ransomware and Malware: 7 Simple Ways to Protect Your Practice from Hacks

    I hate to say it, but your patients’ protected information could be at risk—that is, if you’re not taking the proper precautions to keep it secure. Every day, hackers and cyber criminals use malicious software (a.k.a. “malware”) to target businesses and individuals around the world. Malware has many incarnations—including computer worms, annoying pop-ups, and Trojan horses—but the term generally refers to any software that’s installed without the user’s knowledge or consent. And last year, we saw a …

  • Thankful Nation: What Rehab Therapists Are Grateful for in 2017 Image

    articleNov 22, 2017 | 4 min. read

    Thankful Nation: What Rehab Therapists Are Grateful for in 2017

    It’s that time of year—time to gobble up some turkey, because it’s all about that baste (buh-dum-tss!). All jokes aside, Thanksgiving isn’t just about stuffing your face ’til your jeans are too tight. In fact, the best part of the holiday is time spent with family—whether it’s the family we choose or the one we’re stuck with. With that in mind, we turned to Rehab Nation, WebPT’s online community for all things rehab therapy-related, to find out …

  • Stranger than Fiction: Facts from the CMS 2018 Final Rule for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleNov 16, 2017 | 10 min. read

    Stranger than Fiction: Facts from the CMS 2018 Final Rule for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    They say that rules are made to be broken—that is, unless they’re handed down by the federal government. To make matters even more complicated, rules often change, and sifting through those changes can turn your world upside-down —especially when they’re served in the form of 1,000-plus pages of dry legalese. (If only CMS documents had more compelling narratives, am I right?) Well, until Stephen King offers up his storytelling services to CMS’s legal writing department, we’ll keep …

  • All that Jazz: Top Takeaways from PPS 2017 Image

    articleNov 9, 2017 | 7 min. read

    All that Jazz: Top Takeaways from PPS 2017

    As I pulled my scarf high up over my wind-chapped cheeks, dodged a car that nearly hit me as I made my way across the crosswalk, and heard the L train rattle the platform above my head, it wasn’t hard to imagine the likes of Al Capone or John Dillinger leading police on a wild goose chase through downtown Chicago. There’s no doubt that the Windy City is rich with history, but last week, Chi-Town was abuzz …

  • 6 Common Questions and Misconceptions that Keep Patients from Getting PT First Image

    articleNov 3, 2017 | 5 min. read

    6 Common Questions and Misconceptions that Keep Patients from Getting PT First

    In the era of “fake news,” social media gossip, and Wikipedia articles that literally anyone can edit , knowing where to get the right information can be a challenge. So, it’s easy to understand why patients might have the wrong idea about physical therapy, especially when you consider the branding problem plaguing the PT profession. But, ignoring the haters—even the misinformed ones—isn’t an option. After all, misconceptions can quickly snowball, further damaging the physical therapy brand. And …

  • Pop Goes the PT: Why Rehab Therapy is Crucial to Population Health Management Image

    articleOct 27, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Pop Goes the PT: Why Rehab Therapy is Crucial to Population Health Management

    Breaking: The United States is among the top 10 most unhealthy countries in the world. Okay, that probably doesn’t come as a shock, but it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, research shows that Americans are increasing their overall physical activity and nixing unhealthy habits like tobacco use . These notable changes likely contribute to another positive trend: for the first time in decades, the rate of obesity in the United States is holding steady— and …

  • Common Questions from our Physical Therapy Website Optimization Webinar Image

    articleOct 18, 2017 | 21 min. read

    Common Questions from our Physical Therapy Website Optimization Webinar

    On October 17, 2017, WebPT’s own Charlotte Bohnett and Shawn McKee hosted a webinar detailing how rehab therapy practices can make themselves findable—and, more importantly, discoverable—online. During the presentation, they covered everything from blogging and soliciting reviews to keywording and optimizing online profiles. It was a lot of juicy information—and we received a lot of juicy questions from our audience. We’ve compiled the most common ones—and their answers—in the FAQ below. Reviews Can I send patients a …

  • Giving Back: How Therapists Across America are Celebrating PT Day of Service 2017 Image

    articleOct 14, 2017 | 4 min. read

    Giving Back: How Therapists Across America are Celebrating PT Day of Service 2017

    They say inspiration happens when you break out of your comfort zone. You’ve likely heard a variation of this adage at some point—and perhaps even found truth in it yourself. For Efosa Guobadia, DPT, the founder of PT Haven , inspiration struck as he gazed upon the winding Amazon River in a remote region of Peru. At the time, the Atlanta-based physical therapist was providing volunteer PT services to the local population when he suddenly had a …

  • Cut the Cap: The Case for Eliminating Limits on Rehab Therapy Services Image

    articleOct 10, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Cut the Cap: The Case for Eliminating Limits on Rehab Therapy Services

    Let’s take a little trip to the past: the year was 1997. “Titanic” was smashing box office records as moviegoers flocked to theaters for their third or fourth viewing; “Wannabe” by Spice Girls was hitting the airwaves on every Top 40 station; and large-scale healthcare reform was barely stepping into the legislative limelight. To hamper exorbitant healthcare spending, the Clinton administration signed the Balanced Budget Act into law and thus, introduced the Medicare therapy cap . Fast …

  • Maintenance, Medicare, and Medical Necessity: Unpacking the Jimmo Update Image

    articleOct 5, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Maintenance, Medicare, and Medical Necessity: Unpacking the Jimmo Update

    Hey, have you heard the good news? CMS has completed all required action items laid out in the Jimmo v. Sebelius settlement. If you’re scratching your head and wondering why that matters, here’s the rundown: a few years ago, a group of Medicare providers alleged that CMS contractors made determinations on claims for skilled care based on an inappropriate “Improvement Standard.” These providers took CMS to court, and the court determined that CMS needed to clarify and …

Pages

Get exclusive content delivered right to your inbox.