• PT v Outcomes: Dawn of Value Image

    articleMar 22, 2016 | 4 min. read

    PT v Outcomes: Dawn of Value

    Most superhero sagas revolve around a classic battle of good versus evil. The good guy—our hero—swoops in to save the day, rescuing everyone from whatever horrible deed the baddie was planning. But sometimes, a story needs two heroes to get the job done. While Batman and Superman are awesome—seriously, we love superheroes—in our world, the real superheroes are physical therapists. They may not wear capes or masks, but every day, PTs across the globe wield their extraordinary …

  • Why You Shouldn't Track Outcomes in Isolation Image

    articleFeb 29, 2016 | 3 min. read

    Why You Shouldn't Track Outcomes in Isolation

    Outcomes has been a popular topic of conversation lately; as health care drifts further away from a volume-based payment environment, proving the value of your treatment will become essential to getting paid. According to this article on PhysicalTherapist.com, as provider incentives begin to change, your “strategy and behavior must change as well.” Tracking outcomes is a giant leap for rehab therapists—but if you’re tracking outcomes at your clinic only, then Houston, we have a problem. To make …

  • Top 3 Takeaways from CSM 2016 Image

    articleFeb 24, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Top 3 Takeaways from CSM 2016

    With record attendance—more than 11,000 rehab therapy professionals from all over the US—CSM 2016 in Anaheim, California, was abuzz with energy and enthusiasm. When I wasn’t running around in search of folks wearing “I heart PT” buttons so I could give them prizes (did you catch us on Gene Shirokobrod’s Periscope?), I was busy attending sessions in the Private Practice track. I made it to eight fantastic presentations—and wished I could have seen more. If you were …

  • Physical Therapy Career Growth Opportunities Image

    articleJan 18, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Physical Therapy Career Growth Opportunities

    According to Forbes, physical therapist is one of the top ten toughest jobs to fill in 2016. Additionally, this Monster article states that physical therapy industry “jobs are projected to grow at 36 percent through the year 2022, significantly above the national average.” And thanks to direct access , physical therapists have more opportunities than ever. This is all great news for DPT students who graduate this year, but it also might be a bit overwhelming. With …

  • 5 Common Performance Review Methods Image

    articleJan 13, 2016 | 4 min. read

    5 Common Performance Review Methods

    In her Founder Letter this month, Dr. Heidi Jannenga talked about reviewing work performance and providing feedback to the staff in your rehab therapy clinic, stressing the importance of creating consistent and fair performance reviews. While rounds of applause and pats on the back are great, they can’t compete with detailed and data-based evaluations. But if you’ve never provided your staff with formal performance reviews, you may not know your options for doing so. To give you …

  • 10 Tips for Social Media Compliance Image

    articleDec 29, 2015 | 3 min. read

    10 Tips for Social Media Compliance

    Your patients are using social media to inform decisions about their own health care, so as a smart healthcare provider, you should be using social media, too. But because of non-compliance concerns, you also must be judicious with its use. Social media is anything but private —and it's practically permanent. Once you put something on the Internet, chances are really, really good it will exist there forever. You may think you deleted that tweet or picture, but …

  • Auld Lang Ouch! 10 ICD-10 Codes to Ring in the New Year Image

    articleDec 28, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Auld Lang Ouch! 10 ICD-10 Codes to Ring in the New Year

    Put on your party pants, people; it’s New Year’s Eve (well, nearly). This is a super-fun holiday, but don’t get overzealous with your carousing ways, because trust me—the results can be disastrous. To illustrate my point, here are ten ways to ruin your plans, as told by ICD-10. Bottoms Up 1. F10.10, Alcohol abuse, uncomplicated You’re in a deep, committed relationship—and like the code suggests, it’s not complicated at all. You love champagne. Like, sooooo much. You …

  • Year-End To-Dos for Your Physical Therapy Practice Image

    articleDec 21, 2015 | 3 min. read

    Year-End To-Dos for Your Physical Therapy Practice

    The new year is a time to begin again with a clean slate—and to tackle all those to-dos you’ve been putting off. Before you pop the champagne (or pour yourself a large cup of coffee) to prepare for your New Year’s Eve celebrations, take some time to make sure your practice is prepared, too. This may be a busy time of year for you, as patients hurry to take advantage of their remaining benefits before insurance plans …

  • PQRS 2016 FAQ Image

    articleDec 10, 2015 | 17 min. read

    PQRS 2016 FAQ

    Yesterday, we hosted a webinar focused on PQRS 2016. We received a lot of questions during the live session—so many, in fact, that we’ve amassed them here in a handy FAQ. Got a question and don’t see an answer below? Ask it in the comment section at the bottom of this post. Eligibility Do I have to participate in PQRS? What makes me an eligible provider? If you are a healthcare professional providing services paid under or …

  • One-on-One Services vs. Group Services Image

    articleDec 7, 2015 | 4 min. read

    One-on-One Services vs. Group Services

    Billing for one-on-one therapy and group therapy services can be tricky (so tricky you may need a bit of therapy yourself). You should never use one-on-one CPT codes if you’ve provided group therapy services, as doing so increases your risk of a Medicare audit. But what, exactly, are you allowed to bill? How do you even know if you’ve provided one-on-one or group therapy? Why is Medicare so complicated? While I don’t have the answer to that …

  • Are Wearables HIPAA-Compliant? Image

    articleDec 1, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Are Wearables HIPAA-Compliant?

    By now, you’re likely well aware of the wearables trend in health and wellness. Activity trackers like Fitbit’s devices, Jawbone’s Up (and its variations), Nike’s FuelBand, and Apple’s iWatch have popped up everywhere, giving individuals, businesses, and healthcare professionals an easy way to monitor physical activity of all kinds. If you’ve watched television at all in the past year, you’ve probably seen Fitbit’s “ Find Your Fit ” advertisement. Throughout the commercial, active folks (not to mention …

  • Registry-Based vs. Claims-Based vs. GPRO Image

    articleNov 24, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Registry-Based vs. Claims-Based vs. GPRO

    ’Tis the CMS season of giving, and that means the 2016 Final Rule is out —thus, it’s time to prepare for PQRS . If it’s your first time reporting, you may be a bit confused by the different reporting options. Don’t worry; we were there once, too. That’s why we did a little—well, a lot—of research and put it all together in an easy-to-understand post (you’re totes welcome). Here’s what we know: Individual Claims-Based and Individual Registry-Based …

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