• 6 Reasons There's Never Been a Better Time to be a Physical Therapist Image

    articleFeb 7, 2019 | 5 min. read

    6 Reasons There's Never Been a Better Time to be a Physical Therapist

    Physical therapists, pat yourselves on the back—you made a great career decision. Between the excellent job security and the killer perks, physical therapy is an incredible field to be in right now. Of course, like any profession, PT is not without its drawbacks. And if you encounter more than your fair share of those obstacles back to back, it can often lead to burnout . That’s why it’s so important to step back once in a while …

  • Why PTs Must Stop Obsessing Over Reimbursement Rates Image

    articleJan 31, 2019 | 6 min. read

    Why PTs Must Stop Obsessing Over Reimbursement Rates

    They say the best things in life are free, but let’s not kid ourselves: if you want to keep a roof over your head and food on your table, money is pretty darn important. However, when your concern about a fair reimbursement rate crosses into obsession, your patients will perceive that, and it can seriously impact the way they view you—and physical therapists in general. If that weren’t reason enough to avoid obsessing over reimbursements, here’s some …

  • How Do Your Patients Really Feel About Technology in the Clinic? Image

    articleJan 23, 2019 | 5 min. read

    How Do Your Patients Really Feel About Technology in the Clinic?

    These days, you simply can’t talk about health care without discussing technology. Every day, new advancements help create better outcomes and healthier patients. But, not all technology is created equal, and even the best tech tools in medicine have their pros and cons. Some providers are hesitant to put too much technology between them and their patients, citing concern over diminished person-to-person contact. But, how do patients feel about all of this? With that question in mind, …

  • Reactivate Now! How to Get Past Patients to Come Back Image

    articleJan 17, 2019 | 7 min. read

    Reactivate Now! How to Get Past Patients to Come Back

    Goodbyes shouldn’t be permanent—especially when it comes to discharging patients. In fact, should those patients ever need to return to therapy, your practice should be the go-to for all their PT needs. That’s why it’s crucial to integrate a patient reactivation plan into your overall healthcare marketing strategy. What is patient reactivation? But, first things first: what do we mean when we talk about patient reactivation—and why is it important? In a nutshell, patient reactivation refers to …

  • Stats for Success: 8 Metrics Critical to Your PT Practice Image

    articleJan 2, 2019 | 9 min. read

    Stats for Success: 8 Metrics Critical to Your PT Practice

    You’re a rockstar therapist. Your knack for treating patients is uncanny, and your bedside manner keeps them coming back for more. But is that enough to run a successful clinic? Unfortunately, no. You see, being a fantastic therapist is only half the battle of running a fantastic practice. The rest is pure business sense. The good news is, this stuff is easy to learn; it’s all about taking baseline measurements, making small improvements, and tracking progress. To …

  • How to Bill Medicare Patients for Non-Covered Services Image

    articleDec 28, 2018 | 5 min. read

    How to Bill Medicare Patients for Non-Covered Services

    If you’re a rehab therapist who works with Medicare beneficiaries, chances are you’ll find yourself performing a service that isn’t covered by their insurance. When that happens, you could find yourself in a billing predicament—if you don’t take the proper steps, that is. What are those proper steps? Read on to find out. Which services does Medicare not cover? To start, it’s important to identify which services Medicare won’t cover. Typically, Medicare denies coverage for one of …

  • 59 vs. 25: Which Modifier to Use–and When Image

    articleDec 20, 2018 | 3 min. read

    59 vs. 25: Which Modifier to Use–and When

    Rehab therapy billing : It’s a total numbers game. Between CPT codes and billing modifiers , knowing which digits belong on a claim is no simple task. After all, rules seem to change with the seasons, and they often vary from payer to payer. Here on the WebPT Blog, we receive a lot of comments and queries in response to these ever-changing rules, and one of the hottest points of confusion these days is the difference between …

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

    articleDec 14, 2018 | 38 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 …

  • Q&A With the 2018 Ascend Practice of the Year Winner Image

    articleNov 30, 2018 | 6 min. read

    Q&A With the 2018 Ascend Practice of the Year Winner

    This past September, WebPT hosted its fifth annual Ascend conference in Phoenix, Arizona. After two days of in-depth educational sessions and inspiring keynote addresses, it was our pleasure to announce the 2018 Practice of the Year winner. What does it take to be the Ascend Practice of the Year? Aside from hitting goals like their name is Gretzky, winners have to be real movers and shakers in the rehab therapy sphere—and have the data to back it …

  • 3 Reasons You Should Absolutely Bill Medicare for Maintenance Therapy Image

    articleNov 27, 2018 | 4 min. read

    3 Reasons You Should Absolutely Bill Medicare for Maintenance Therapy

    My car is my baby. I get the oil changed and tires rotated regularly. And every few weeks, I take her through the wash and get her looking good as new. I won't lie: I learned the importance of ongoing maintenance through much trial and error. Still, the cost of caring for my ride adds up, and it'd be nice if I didn't always have to pay out of pocket for regular maintenance. And while caring for …

  • Should PTs, OTs, and SLPs use the New X Modifiers? Image

    articleNov 7, 2018 | 4 min. read

    Should PTs, OTs, and SLPs use the New X Modifiers?

    When it comes to Medicare, a lot can change in four years—whether it be the rise and fall of functional limitation reporting or answers to questions like, “Do outpatient rehab therapists have to report MIPS?” (You can get that answer here , by the way.) So, when CMS introduced the X modifiers back in 2015 and told PTs, OTs, and SLPs they wouldn't have to use them, anyone familiar with Medicare rules knew that advice was subject …

  • 9716-What? When to Bill for PT Evals and Re-Evals Image

    articleNov 2, 2018 | 5 min. read

    9716-What? When to Bill for PT Evals and Re-Evals

    Over the years, we've received a lot of questions about when to bill for an evaluation versus a re-evaluation , and when you look at the description for CPT code 97164 (PT Re-evaluation), it's easy to see why. According to the American Medical Association , 97164 denotes a re-evaluation of an established plan of care, which requires these components: “an examination including a review of history and use of standardized tests and measures;” “a revised plan of …

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