• The Startup Clinic's Guide to Private Practice PT Billing Image

    articleOct 3, 2019 | 11 min. read

    The Startup Clinic's Guide to Private Practice PT Billing

    Is your relationship with billing complicated at best? I get it. Figuring out how to bill insurance companies for private practice physical therapy can seem daunting, especially in light of ever-changing regulations. But unless you own a strictly cash-pay clinic , you can’t practice—or get paid—without it. I’m not asking you to love billing, but to help your startup clinic succeed, you need to understand it. Here’s how to get started: Get credentialed. If you haven’t already …

  • Advancements in PT Tech/Emerging Trends Image

    articleJul 8, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Advancements in PT Tech/Emerging Trends

    From vibrating posture sensors , gait-correcting insoles , and pressure-sensing socks to popular movement tracking devices like Fitbit , video game systems designed to make therapy more fun, and helmet sensors that alert athletes and medical professionals of potential concussion-causing hits, there have been a number of exciting advancements and trends in PT technology. These innovations offer new opportunities for improved diagnosis, treatment, and patient engagement. iTherapy: There’s an App for That Smartphone and iPad apps for …

  • Is It Time to Outsource? [Quiz] Image

    articleJun 28, 2016 | 1 min. read

    Is It Time to Outsource? [Quiz]

    Ah, billing: Can’t stand it, can’t practice without it. Most providers have a complicated relationship with billing—and that’s understandable. There’s a lot to manage, even if you have a team of billers handling the day-to-day tasks. And if you’re in charge of that, too, you may be feeling overwhelmed. So, is it time to outsource your billing process to a third-party vendor? Take this short quiz to find out.    

  • Billing Service Traps: When Low Rates Are Too Good to be True Image

    articleJun 22, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Billing Service Traps: When Low Rates Are Too Good to be True

    Billing your patients and payers is the only way you make money as a provider, but billing also comes at a cost—and some clinics using an RCM service pay a higher price than others. I’m not just talking about blatantly high rates. While rates as high as 12-15% should make you run for the hills, low rates of merely 3-4% are also cause for concern. As noted in this Pulse article , low rates often indicate incomplete …

  • Why RCM is a Practice-Wide Endeavor Image

    articleJun 20, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Why RCM is a Practice-Wide Endeavor

    If you think revenue cycle management (RCM) only involves billing your patients, then Houston, we have a problem. As indicated in this Greenway Health resource, your RCM strategy should account for the manner in which your practice generates, captures, and collects revenue—and that means getting your whole crew on board with adopting optimal RCM practices. But before you can launch a successful RCM strategy, you should perform a pre-check. Here are a few questions to ask yourself …

  • Recap: What’s NEXT for Physical Therapy Image

    articleJun 15, 2016 | 6 min. read

    Recap: What’s NEXT for Physical Therapy

    Country music stars took over Nashville last week for the CMT Music Awards, but the only celebrities I was looking out for were at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. From Ben Fung and Sharon Dunn to John Childs and Fred Gilbert, the PT industry’s biggest stars gathered in Music City for APTA NEXT, a four-day conference focused on physical therapy education and innovation. If you didn’t have the chance to attend, here’s a look at what’s in store …

  • Top 3 PT Billing Software Must-Haves Image

    articleJun 13, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Top 3 PT Billing Software Must-Haves

    When I go clothes shopping, I usually head straight to the clearance rack (I love a good bargain), but—as my husband loves to remind me—there’s a solid reason some of those items didn’t sell for full-price. Sure, sometimes the manufacturer made too many—or a particular style didn’t sell as well as planned. Most of the time, though, the discounted items are simply poor quality—and that’s why it’s crucial to be able to spot the difference between cheap …

  • 4 Keys to Keeping a Steady Cash Flow Image

    articleMay 18, 2016 | 5 min. read

    4 Keys to Keeping a Steady Cash Flow

    As a private practice clinic owner, you’re probably familiar with the cold sweat-inducing struggle to keep a steady cash flow. Claims management muck-ups, inefficient processes, staff issues, and lack of insight into your clinic’s financial health can leave you feeling like you’re riding a revenue rollercoaster. So, whether you’re trying to maximize reimbursements , combat employee theft , or optimize patient payments , these four keys to maintaining a steady cash flow will help you even out …

  • 4 More Tips for Point-of-Care Documentation Domination Image

    articleMay 3, 2016 | 6 min. read

    4 More Tips for Point-of-Care Documentation Domination

    In part one of my two-part series on point-of-care documentation, I talked about four ways technology—and a helping hand or two—can make documenting in front of your patients less of a struggle. But, there’s still one pretty big hurdle between you and a smooth point-of-care documentation style: yourself. Don’t worry, though; our five therapy experts have some tips for that, too. In this second and final post, let’s dive into four ways you can help yourself—and your …

  • 4 Tips for Point-of-Care Documentation Domination Image

    articleMay 2, 2016 | 5 min. read

    4 Tips for Point-of-Care Documentation Domination

    In the past, clinicians have been either relationship-driven or data-driven, but now, they’re expected to do it all: document quickly and completely while simultaneously developing and maintaining great relationships with their patients. To make that balancing act even more difficult, documentation has become an ever-more arduous and lengthy process over time. As former clinic owner and WebPT Senior Member Consultant Shayne Peterson , PT, ATC/L, puts it, “The struggle is real.” One way to reduce the struggle? …

  • Encouraging Patient Participation in Outcomes Image

    articleApr 21, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Encouraging Patient Participation in Outcomes

    Like a good conversation, outcomes collection is a two-way street, especially when it comes to patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). But being a good clinician doesn’t necessarily make you a good communicator. Perhaps you aren’t sure how to convince your patients that outcomes are important—or that they need to take an active role in their own treatment to ensure their outcomes are optimal. Or maybe you just don’t know how to ensure patients properly complete their outcomes questionnaires. …

  • Support the Ride for PT Research Image

    articleApr 6, 2016 | 2 min. read

    Support the Ride for PT Research

    Dr. Stanley Paris and his companions cycled through Phoenix on a sunny, seasonably warm day. Tan and only a bit tired, the riders were already on day five of their 30-day, 3,000-mile journey from San Diego, California, to St. Augustine, Florida. Why take on such a grueling challenge? To raise funds and awareness for the Foundation for Physical Therapy , a cause we wholeheartedly believe in. In addition to our continued financial support of the Foundation for …

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