• How Your Patients are Stalking You Online—and Why That’s a Good Thing Image

    articleMar 2, 2015 | 6 min. read

    How Your Patients are Stalking You Online—and Why That’s a Good Thing

    Did you know the average American spends way more time scouring the Internet for medical information than consulting with an actual medical professional? So says Makovsky, a Public Relations firm in NYC, and Kelton, a global research and consultancy firm, in their article titled, “Online Health Research Eclipsing Patient-Doctor Conversations.” These two companies conducted their third annual US survey in July 2013, polling 1,067 Americans ages 18 and older. The results revealed that the average American spends …

  • ICD-10 FAQs Image

    articleFeb 28, 2015 | 6 min. read

    ICD-10 FAQs

    We recently hosted a webinar focused on helping PTS, OTs, and SLPs prepare for the ICD-10 switch. We got a lot of questions—so many, in fact, that we decided to organize the most common ones into an easy-to-reference blog post. Read on to find the answers to all your burning ICD-10 queries. Don’t see your question? Post it in the comments section below, and we’ll find you an answer. Does ICD-10 affect CPT codes? According to this …

  • 50 Shades of ICD-10 Image

    articleFeb 19, 2015 | 5 min. read

    50 Shades of ICD-10

    While ICD-10 may not make you hot, it probably gets you pretty bothered. Finding an ICD-10 code that’s a perfect match for a particular ICD-9 code is like trying to find a shade of paint that’s the exact same color as your new gray throw pillows. You might assume you can simply tell your friendly hardware store associate you’d like a can of gray paint for your living room, and boom—all done. Easy peasy. But when you …

  • History of ICD-10 Image

    articleFeb 17, 2015 | 5 min. read

    History of ICD-10

    If you haven’t heard of ICD-10 by now, you’ve probably been living under a rock . Though CMS has talked about the impending implementation of ICD-10 like a boy crying “Wolf!,” the days of false alarms are over—at least that’s what the experts are saying . That’s right: it’s finally happening, folks. And the mandatory transition to the new diagnosis code set will be here before we know it (even if it is 20 years late). Let’s …

  • What's the Deal with the New Modifiers? Image

    articleFeb 10, 2015 | 3 min. read

    What's the Deal with the New Modifiers?

    In addition to unleashing all the 2015 PQRS changes , the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to throw us another curveball by introducing the following four HCPCS modifiers —called the X{EPSU} modifiers—to “define specific subsets” of the 59 modifier. XE Separate Encounter, A Service That Is Distinct Because It Occurred During A Separate Encounter XS Separate Structure, A Service That Is Distinct Because It Was Performed On A Separate Organ/Structure XP Separate Practitioner, A …

  • This Week in PT News, February 6 Image

    articleFeb 6, 2015 | 3 min. read

    This Week in PT News, February 6

    New Bills Include PTs in Locum Tenens What do chiropractors, osteopaths, and podiatrists have in common? Locum tenens applies to all of them, and thanks to recent companion bills, physical therapists soon might experience the benefits of this law as well. Currently, private practice PTs simply must avoid absences—or “risk gaps”—in patient care. According to this PT in Motion news release , though, the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act, which consists of two identical bills (H.R. …

  • On a Scale of 1 to ICD-10, how Prepared are You? Image

    articleFeb 2, 2015 | 5 min. read

    On a Scale of 1 to ICD-10, how Prepared are You?

    Like yet another season of Survivor , ICD-10 is inevitable, and while the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) won’t drop you on a remote, hostile island when the ICD-10 switch happens, the new coding terrain may be just as unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and treacherous—unless you’re ready. Here’s how to win at ICD-10 (no shelter-building or fire-making required). Hit the Books Switching from a code set with roughly 13,000 codes to one with about 68,000 codes is …

  • Exit Strategy: Succession Planning vs. Liquidation vs. Buyout Image

    articleJan 15, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Exit Strategy: Succession Planning vs. Liquidation vs. Buyout

    In my last post , I offered you some food for thought as you ponder selling your practice—specifically, the need to find a buyer. Regardless of your reasons for moving on from private practice (increasing expenses, reduced compensation, ever-changing regulations, administrative headaches, retirement, or perhaps a lack of passion), you have a number of options for getting out: Succession Planning Why it Works An important part of selling is withdrawing yourself from your clinic—a particularly emotional process, …

  • The Pros and Cons of Selling Your PT Practice Image

    articleJan 13, 2015 | 4 min. read

    The Pros and Cons of Selling Your PT Practice

    The start of a new year typically inspires resolutions, and you want to make it the year you tackle that list of things you’ve always talked about doing—joining a gym (and actually going), watching less TV, spending more time with loved ones, or finally taking that trip to Europe. If your list includes selling your physical therapy practice—or if you’re just starting to consider it—you’ve got a lot to think about. You probably thought long and hard …

  • 4 Tips for Implementing an EMR System Image

    articleJan 5, 2015 | 5 min. read

    4 Tips for Implementing an EMR System

    Preparing to implement an EMR system within your practice? Then you’re undoubtedly experiencing some anxiety. After all, it’s quite the change from the pen and pad of paper so many therapists have been using for decades—like, since mullets were cool. And even if you’re starting fresh with a new practice and EMR is all you’ve ever known, the pressure is still on to get this implementation right. Here are our tips for implementing an EMR with ease: …

  • End of Year Preparation Image

    articleDec 18, 2014 | 2 min. read

    End of Year Preparation

    That’s right, folks, the end is nigh—the end of the year, that is. The big, fat man with the long, white beard is coming to town—and for us here at WebPT, that means helping your practice prepare for the new year. Here are a few things to put on your grown-up Christmas list to keep your jingle bell rockin’: Wrap up Reporting Finalize all 2014 charges on a weekly—or even daily—basis. Identify incomplete documents and finish them before …

  • Count on Your EMR for Medicare Compliance Image

    articleNov 24, 2014 | 4 min. read

    Count on Your EMR for Medicare Compliance

    Nothing in life is certain except for death and taxes, and—for all of you PTs, OTs, and SLPs–– Medicare compliance . Documenting with paper and pen feels a lot like submitting your tax return via paper filing: checking line by line to make sure you provided all applicable information; double––or triple––checking your math; and waiting (and waiting and waiting) for your refund. But compliance doesn’t have to bring about the same feelings of dread you associate with …

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