• Building from the Ground Up: Billing Checklist for New PTs Image

    articleAug 20, 2019 | 7 min. read

    Building from the Ground Up: Billing Checklist for New PTs

    You might say that when you’re building a table, the most important tool to have on hand would be a saw. Another person might say it’d be a sander—and another might argue that you can’t do anything without a tape measure. I’d personally say that, while you definitely need all those tools, the most important tool to have on hand is a calm, clear-headed frame of mind. (Seriously, don’t use dangerous equipment if you’re not 100% present …

  • The 2020 Proposed Rule: Bite-Sized Edition Image

    articleAug 13, 2019 | 6 min. read

    The 2020 Proposed Rule: Bite-Sized Edition

    Too much of anything is bad for you—even if it’s something you like. Too much sun will give you some gnarly burns. Too much exercise can damage your muscles or cause stress fractures. Even too much Chipotle can make you sick (much to my eternal disappointment). All humans need to avoid consuming too much of one thing—and reading through CMS’s annual policy changes is, inarguably, way too much . So, we’re gonna keep this explanation of the …

  • 5 Reasons to Outsource Your PT Clinic's RCM Image

    articleAug 5, 2019 | 5 min. read

    5 Reasons to Outsource Your PT Clinic's RCM

    If you’re at a place where your clinic’s billing is the bane of your (or your staff’s) existence, it may be time to get some help. Not every practice needs to outsource its billing—let’s make that perfectly clear. If you have an expert biller (or a few) on staff—and you’re not experiencing any major billing frustrations—then outsourcing is probably not the right move for your clinic. But, for the clinics that are overloaded, overwhelmed, or completely burnt …

  • The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid Billing and Reimbursement Image

    articleJul 31, 2019 | 8 min. read

    The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid Billing and Reimbursement

    At first glance, Medicare and Medicaid might seem like twins, or a dynamic duo, or two peas in a pod—basically, inseparable. They’re both government healthcare programs; they were both created at the same time ; they’re both confusing and usually don’t boast the best reimbursement rates ; and they even sound alike (they both start with “Medi-,” right?). In reality, though, these two programs are very, very different. For starters, Medicare is a federally run program, which …

  • The Rehab Therapist's Guide to Using CMS-1500 Claim Forms Image

    articleJul 29, 2019 | 17 min. read

    The Rehab Therapist's Guide to Using CMS-1500 Claim Forms

    Healthcare billing can get even the best billers tangled up in knots—and it’s no wonder why. Between tracking and adhering to shifting payer guidelines, managing patient claims, verifying insurance , and defending against denials , billers are pulled and twisted in a million different directions. That’s why it’s so important to have a strong billing foundation; a concrete understanding of your billing basics will help you pivot and twirl and handle the whirlwind of the billing office …

  • MIPS 101 Image

    articleJul 24, 2019 | 3 min. read

    MIPS 101

    The Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS, is one tough cookie. It’s complicated and downright frustrating at times—but it’s something that rehab therapists need to be familiar with. If you’ve been looking for a no-nonsense, easy-to-follow MIPS explainer, then you’ve come to the right place! Just play the video to understand the basics behind this latest government program.  If you’ve finished the video and want a followup (or a recap) of the more complicated info we discussed, …

  • FAQ: The State of Rehab Therapy in 2019 Image

    articleJul 19, 2019 | 14 min. read

    FAQ: The State of Rehab Therapy in 2019

    Earlier this week, WebPT’s fearless leaders, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, and Nancy Ham, CEO, revealed the results of our annual State of Rehab Therapy survey and discussed the national trends that affect rehab therapy professionals on a daily basis. The presenters didn’t have enough time to address all of the thought-provoking questions we received from our audience, so we compiled an FAQ for y’all to read at your leisure. Can’t find the answer to your …

  • How to Verify Patient Insurance in Three Easy Steps Image

    articleJul 11, 2019 | 7 min. read

    How to Verify Patient Insurance in Three Easy Steps

    Remember the game of telephone? Here’s how it goes: A group of kids sit in a circle, and then someone comes up with a message and whispers it to the person on his or her right. That person whispers what he or she heard to the next person, who then whispers it to the next person—and the message travels all the way around the circle until the last person announces what he or she heard. Somehow, almost …

  • The Pros and Cons of In-Network Payer Relationships Image

    articleJul 3, 2019 | 5 min. read

    The Pros and Cons of In-Network Payer Relationships

    It’s hard to identify when you’re trapped in an unhealthy relationship—even if that relationship is just a professional business arrangement. Yes, it’s possible that your in-network payer relationships are verging on unhealthy, especially if payers constantly grind your gears, and you’re hesitant to renew your contracts with them. The good news is that you have no obligation to remain in-network with every payer—and, in some cases, it may be better to ditch the in-network relationships altogether. That …

  • Cutting Out the Middleman: How to Market Your Practice Directly to Employers Image

    articleJun 28, 2019 | 5 min. read

    Cutting Out the Middleman: How to Market Your Practice Directly to Employers

    Therapists have to fight for every dollar they earn, from finding new patients through referring physicians , to convincing patients to complete their entire plan of care (even in the face of some scary-looking copays). Clinics are already challenged to stay profitable amid falling reimbursements —and the dance with middlemen payers isn’t making things any easier. Whether they mean to or not, payers use some fancy footwork to get between you and your patients via high copays …

  • 5 Legal Pitfalls in PT Marketing (and How to Avoid Them) Image

    articleJun 21, 2019 | 8 min. read

    5 Legal Pitfalls in PT Marketing (and How to Avoid Them)

    Every company wants to find the perfect marketing strategy—and many are testing out new gambits each and every day to try to lock down their piece of the market. But sometimes new, untested marketing strategies can take a turn for the worse , and the organization can catch some flak. But in health care, bad marketing can do a lot more than give your brand a bad rap, because some strategies are not only totally out of …

  • 5 Physical Therapy Websites We Love Image

    articleJun 12, 2019 | 6 min. read

    5 Physical Therapy Websites We Love

    Building a website from scratch is no easy feat—especially if you don’t have any design experience. And, between the rigors of providing consistently exceptional care and creating defensible documentation , who has time to sit down and research website best practices? Finding examples of well-made PT websites is yet another time sink; aside from individually searching clinics by name, there isn’t an efficient way to locate sites that you can draw inspiration from. Well, you’re in luck, …

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