Posts by Melissa Hughes

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The 6 Worst Things PT Clinics Do on Social Media

Some people believe it takes 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to completely master a skill. It’s a (sometimes) divisive school of thought, but let’s say—for a second—that we live in a world where it’s completely true. Well, in this world, I’m a master social media user. 

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Should Small Practices Participate in MIPS?

It’s been more than a year since CMS added rehab therapists to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—but it’s still the talk of the town. Providers are trying to decide if participation is right for them, but weighing the pros and cons of MIPS is proving to be a little more difficult than expected.

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FAQ: The Roaring 2020s: 7 Rehab Therapy Predictions for the Next Decade

It’s a new decade, and the future is bright—or at least, it could be! That was the overarching message when our expert PT soothsayers, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of WebPT; Dr. Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, WebPT Director of Clinical Practice, Outcomes, and Education; and Dr. Scott Hebert, PT, DPT, WebPT Director of Product Management, joined forces to make seven predictions about the future of rehab therapy.

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Top 18 Physical Therapists to Follow on Twitter

Contrary to what today’s youth would have you believe, Twitter is more than just a platform for sarcastic quips and cute animal videos. (Trust me: I’m a youth.) In fact, it’s the perfect place to keep up with industry news, check in with your favorite PT leaders and advocates, and learn about the latest and greatest treatment approaches.

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5 Benefits of MIPS Participation for Physical Therapists

New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate transformation and positive change—and for that, it’s one of my favorite holidays. Not only are you celebrating the year that’s gone past—from your best moments to your trickiest trials—but you’re also celebrating the year that’s about to come.

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MIPS for PTs, OTs, and SLPs: What’s Changing in 2020?

CMS is ringing in 2020 with some regulatory changes—including tweaks to everyone’s favorite quality payment program: MIPS. Luckily, you don’t need to whip yourself into a compliance frenzy and navigate your own way through a stormy sea of new, changed, and deleted rules and guidelines.

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FAQ: MIPS and S’more: 2020 Final Rule Highlights

Okay, we’ll admit it: it’s probably the worst time of year to go camping. (It may not snow a whole lot in our lovely desert home, but even our December nights have gotten so, so bitterly cold.) But, that didn’t stop Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, WebPT Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, and Rick Gawenda, PT, CEO of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, from hosting an hour-long camping-themed webinar where they talked about ghost stories and s’mores—and a handful of CMS’s 2020 regulatory changes.

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4 Common Rehab Therapy Documentation Mistakes

cumentation is a thorn in the side of many a rehab therapist. It can be convoluted, confusing, and insanely time-consuming—and it definitely doesn’t help that the rules change every year. (Thanks a lot, CMS.) But, even though writing SOAP documentation can feel like an unforgiving and tedious task, it still deserves your full and undivided attention—because distractions can trigger mistakes, which can trigger denials, which can trigger attention from CMS, which can trigger an audit.

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Physical Therapist Assistant vs. Physical Therapy Tech: What’s the Difference?

You don’t necessarily have to be a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) to work in the physical therapy industry . In fact, you can make a huge difference in your patients’ lives by serving in a supporting role—especially as a therapist assistant or therapy technician. Now, these jobs might sound like a “poh-tay-toe,” “poh-tah-toe” kind of situation. And by that, I mean: same job, different name. Right? Well, don’t let their names fool you; the roles are …

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The PT Practice’s Guide to Turning Bad Metrics Into Better Results

Collecting and tracking your clinic’s metrics is one of the most important things you can do to nurture the long-term success of your business. But, it’s one thing to collect and track all your metrics; knowing what to do with them is a whole other ball game—and you absolutely cannot afford to let them sit in a corner and gather dust.

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