• The How and Why of an Effective Rehab Therapy Compliance Program Image

    articleAug 9, 2018 | 7 min. read

    The How and Why of an Effective Rehab Therapy Compliance Program

    It’s no secret that the US healthcare industry is heavily regulated—and those regulations are strictly enforced. Take this recent press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ), for example. It explains how the DOJ charged 601 individuals with fraud—the largest healthcare fraud takedown in history. Among them: 71 physicians charged with falsely billing Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE in cases involving the prescription and distribution of narcotics. And in New York, 13 individuals were charged with conspiracy for …

  • Tricare Update: Changes to Tricare’s Reimbursement Policy for Therapist Assistants Image

    articleApr 5, 2018 | 4 min. read

    Tricare Update: Changes to Tricare’s Reimbursement Policy for Therapist Assistants

    If you’ve heard some buzz about Tricare changing its reimbursement policy for services provided by therapist assistants, you’re not alone—after all, we recently reported on those changes right here on the WebPT Blog . But, there’s been some confusion regarding when, exactly, the changes will go into effect—and we’re here to clear it up. So, read on to learn when your organization can begin taking advantage of this policy shift. The Current Payment Situation Tricare pays for …

  • Payment Reform and Occupational Therapy: Why Learning ICD-10 is Good for OTs Image

    articleApr 28, 2016 | 7 min. read

    Payment Reform and Occupational Therapy: Why Learning ICD-10 is Good for OTs

    As Occupational Therapy Month comes to a close, it’s a good time to consider all of the pending changes in health care and how they will affect our field. Soon, healthcare providers will be reimbursed for their services in very different ways: new payment models will be driven by data demonstrating effective care, and ICD-10 codes—which serve as one method for gathering such quality data—will be scrutinized to determine what types of people are consuming health care …

  • Digital Critical: Data Protection, Password Security, and Computer Safeguards Image

    articleDec 9, 2015 | 10 min. read

    Digital Critical: Data Protection, Password Security, and Computer Safeguards

    In the past five years, the way rehab therapists perceive—and use—information technology in their clinics has changed dramatically. We used to manage our files with stationary computers and back-room servers we could only access within the office. Now, our teams are mobile, and we use tablets, laptops, and phones to access the powerful cloud applications—including the WebPT EMR —that help us do our jobs. Essentially, the servers of yesteryear have migrated to the cloud.  With this new …

  • The Essential Guide to Disaster-Proofing Your PT, OT, or SLP Practice Image

    articleSep 28, 2015 | 11 min. read

    The Essential Guide to Disaster-Proofing Your PT, OT, or SLP Practice

    September is Disaster Recovery Month, which makes it a perfect time to think about disaster-proofing your practice. If you’re ready to skip this blog because you don’t think a disaster will impact your practice, consider the following factors: Not all disasters are city-wide events, and a disaster of any scale could destroy your practice. These events come in all shapes and sizes, from the sprinklers going off in your clinic and destroying your equipment, to snow storms …

  • Becoming an OT Advocate: How to Shape Policy While Juggling a Busy Caseload Image

    articleApr 30, 2015 | 7 min. read

    Becoming an OT Advocate: How to Shape Policy While Juggling a Busy Caseload

    The signing of Hawaii’s occupational therapy licensure law marked the end of a 50-year crusade to introduce state-level OT regulation in all 50 states. Fifty years! I admire all of the OT leaders who had the tenacity to see this aspirational—and incredibly lengthy—project through. The road to universal OT licensure—and the impact that fight has had on our profession—got me thinking about the role of advocacy in OT. Since the onset of healthcare reform in the early …

  • 7 Tactical Steps to Become an OT Change Leader Image

    articleApr 21, 2015 | 8 min. read

    7 Tactical Steps to Become an OT Change Leader

    Change leaders are people who drive transformation by focusing on big visions and opportunities for growth. They are creative and innovative, and they constantly think outside the box. When a change leader sees a window of opportunity, he or she doesn’t hesitate to make the leap. Furthermore, a change leader inspires and empowers his or her colleagues to join the movement for change. Why is this relevant to occupational therapy? Because OT change leaders have the potential …

  • 4 Ways the Affordable Care Act Will Transform Occupational Therapy—for the Better Image

    articleApr 13, 2015 | 6 min. read

    4 Ways the Affordable Care Act Will Transform Occupational Therapy—for the Better

    Today’s blog post comes from Veda Collmer, OTR, WebPT’s in-house counsel and compliance officer. Veda is a licensed occupational therapist and attorney—quite the combo! The theme of Occupational Therapy Month—“Transforming lives, building independence”—has inspired me to write about the transformation of occupational therapy itself. In the years following the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), I’ve been studying up on how the new law will change the face of health care in …

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