• 7 Simple Rules for Holiday Gifting in Health Care Image

    articleDec 18, 2017 | 6 min. read

    7 Simple Rules for Holiday Gifting in Health Care

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but if you’re not adhering to gift-giving rules this holiday season, it can be the most legally risky time of the year. Now, I’m not talking about gift-giving between friends—although there should probably be a law against regifting fruitcake, am I right? I’m talkin’ specifically about gifts between patients and their providers. Let’s be honest: your patients adore you. And why shouldn’t they? You give them the gift of …

  • Common Questions from our Regulatory Roundup Webinar Image

    articleDec 15, 2017 | 19 min. read

    Common Questions from our Regulatory Roundup Webinar

    Earlier this week, WebPT’s own Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, and Charlotte Bohnett teamed up to present a webinar detailing the most important regulatory updates that will impact PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2018. During this hour-long session—which you can view completely free of charge here —our co-hosts covered a lot of legislative ground. And not surprisingly, they also received a lot of audience questions. While we didn’t have time to answer all of those questions live, …

  • Direct Access Laws by State (Rhode Island-Wyoming) Image

    articleDec 13, 2017 | 10 min. read

    Direct Access Laws by State (Rhode Island-Wyoming)

    Well folks, it’s been a heck of a journey, but we’ve finally made it to the last leg. In the final installment of this four-part series, we’ll be hitting up New England and making our way cross-country to the Cowboy State. (Previously, I covered Alabama - Hawaii , Idaho - Mississippi , and Missouri - Pennsylvania .) But before we get down to business, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I’m by no means a …

  • Direct Access Laws by State (Missouri-Pennsylvania) Image

    articleDec 12, 2017 | 9 min. read

    Direct Access Laws by State (Missouri-Pennsylvania)

    If you haven’t been keeping up with the WebPT Blog over the past few days, here’s what you’ve missed: I’ve been breaking down all of the state-level direct access laws from coast to coast. (You can check out the laws for Alabama to Hawaii here and Idaho to Mississippi here .) If you have been keeping up, then welcome back! (Cue the “Welcome Back, Kotter” theme song.) Today, I’m tackling the laws from M to P—that’s Missouri …

  • Direct Access Laws by State (Idaho-Mississippi) Image

    articleDec 11, 2017 | 9 min. read

    Direct Access Laws by State (Idaho-Mississippi)

    Yesterday, I broke down the what’s what of direct access laws by state, starting in Alabama and ending in Hawaii . Today, I’m continuing our guided tour of direct access law by kicking things off in Idaho and making our way down the list to Mississippi. (Don’t worry about gas money: we’ll do it all from the comfort of our homes or offices.) Just to reiterate, I’m not a legal or compliance expert, and all of the …

  • 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 …

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