• The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ Image

    articleSep 1, 2015 | 21 min. read

    The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ

    Yesterday, we hosted the largest webinar in WebPT history . Thousands of rehab therapy professionals attended the live session, which focused on ICD-10 coding examples . As expected, we received a lot of questions. Below is a collection of the webinar’s most frequently asked questions. The Seventh Character Craze What is the seventh character? The seventh character didn’t exist in ICD-9 , so it’s caused a great deal of confusion. Essentially, it’s a mechanism for applying greater …

  • ICD-10 Coding Example: Speech-Language Pathology Image

    articleAug 21, 2015 | 3 min. read

    ICD-10 Coding Example: Speech-Language Pathology

    We’re only six weeks away from October 1, 2015, and you know what that means: ICD-10 is almost here. We’re  super excited  for the transition to ICD-10, but that doesn’t mean the new code set is a snap to learn. In fact, it’s pretty darn tough; we know that. So, to further assist you in your preparation efforts, we’ve put together this helpful SLP-specific example of how to code using ICD-10: Autistic disorder The Patient The patient …

  • ICD-10 Coding Example: Occupational Therapy Image

    articleAug 20, 2015 | 3 min. read

    ICD-10 Coding Example: Occupational Therapy

    Oh, ICD-10, let me count the ways I love thee. Okay, so maybe you’re not going to wax poetic about the World Health Organization’s updated—and much larger—International Classification of Diseases, but switching to a new code set isn’t the end of the world, either. After all, just because something (ahem, ICD-9) is familiar, it doesn’t mean it’s the best option. In fact, when it comes to code sets,  bigger is better . But that also means there’s …

  • How ICD-10 Ruined Your Summer Vacation Image

    articleAug 12, 2015 | 4 min. read

    How ICD-10 Ruined Your Summer Vacation

    Baseball games, beach trips, barbecues, and hiking make for a pretty great summer—but those good times can take a turn for the worse in the blink of an eye. We’ll let ICD-10 illustrate some of the ways a good summer vacation can go bad: Batter Up! You’re at a baseball game—just sitting there in the stands, minding your own business, drinking your  lemonade , and chowing down on an  18-inch corn dog . Your team’s batter swings …

  • ICD-10 on a Tight Budget: How to Prep like a Pauper Image

    articleAug 4, 2015 | 4 min. read

    ICD-10 on a Tight Budget: How to Prep like a Pauper

    How in the world is it already August? This year is flying by, and we’ve only got  eight weeks left to prep  for the mandatory ICD-10 switch on October 1. If your preparations are right on schedule—or if you’re already prepared—give yourself a pat on the back (and maybe one of  these ). But if not, then it’s time to put on your  game face  and get to it. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) …

  • Mythbusters: The ICD-10 Special Image

    articleAug 3, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Mythbusters: The ICD-10 Special

    Healthcare coding is having a bit of a cast change: ICD-9 is out and ICD-10 is taking over. By now, you’ve heard all about the new code set—but do you really have all the facts? In this special blog post, I’ll be busting some common ICD-10 misconceptions. (Sadly, my myth-busting measures don’t involve swimming in syrup, experimenting with explosives, or blowing up boats—we’ll leave that to the experts .) Let’s get to it! 1. The World Health …

  • Eligibility Verification and Your Front Office Image

    articleJul 22, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Eligibility Verification and Your Front Office

    The success or failure of each patient claim begins and ends in the front office. Why? Patient insurance  eligibility verification  is the first—and perhaps most critical—step in the billing process. That means your front office has to be on the ball to obtain and accurately record all eligibility information. Your staff is responsible for determining each patient’s insurance eligibility, including: coinsurance or copay, deductible, benefits cap, where to send the claim, whether the payer requires specialized forms …

  • Creating the Perfect PT Billing Workflow Image

    articleJul 14, 2015 | 7 min. read

    Creating the Perfect PT Billing Workflow

    In an ideal world, patients would know their benefits like the back of their hands, we’d have a global payer list, and every claim would be accepted on the first try. But the world is not a perfect place, and there’s only so much you can control. Still, you can do your darndest to get close to the perfect billing workflow. Perfect—or near-perfect—billing begins way before you even create the claim. So, let’s start at the very …

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

    articleJul 1, 2015 | 6 min. read

    The Startup Clinic's Guide to Private Practice PT Billing

    Is your relationship with billing complicated at best? I get it.  Billing 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 clinic succeed, you need to understand it. Here’s how to get started: Get credentialed If you haven’t already gotten credentialed, you’ll need to start here.  Being …

  • Nothing But Network: 5 Tips to Up Your Game Image

    articleJun 11, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Nothing But Network: 5 Tips to Up Your Game

    If you’re gearing up for an upcoming conference , you’re probably already thinking about all the awesome and inspiring people you’re going to meet—and all the ways they can help your career. Networking is crucial to developing your little black book of business contacts, but it’s not as simple as shaking hands and kissing babies. Before you try to network by the seat of your pants, check out these handy tips to help you make the most …

  • Are Conferences Worth It? Image

    articleJun 9, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Are Conferences Worth It?

    Networking, welcome parties, and complimentary food (and drink tickets) are nice, but conferences can run a pretty penny—anywhere from $100 to upwards of $1500 per attendee, depending on the size of the event and the caliber of the speakers. Before shelling out any of your hard-earned money to attend or sponsor an event of this kind, you’ll need to make sure it’s worth the investment of your time and money. But value isn’t one-size-fits-all. What might benefit …

  • New and Improved: Details on Sustainable Growth Rate Formula Replacement Image

    articleJun 1, 2015 | 3 min. read

    New and Improved: Details on Sustainable Growth Rate Formula Replacement

    Ding-dong—the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is dead . As of April 16, 2015—after 17 temporary patches—the wizards in Washington have permanently repealed the flawed SGR formula that threatened to significantly cut Medicare payments. Now, when payments exceed the growth in per-capita gross domestic product, PTs will no longer face reduced payments. Instead, they can look forward to a bit more stability, simplicity, and cash flow for the next decade. The new payment determination process begins with …

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