Whether you’re a first-time manager, or you’ve been in leadership roles for years, it’s natural to feel nervous about giving performance reviews. After all, you want to give honest performance feedback to your employees, but you don’t want to go to extremes and wind up demoralizing them or minimizing serious problems that need to be resolved.
We’ve heard it time and again—change is the only constant in life. And yet, it never ceases to take us by surprise. We’re creatures of habit, and for most of us, change doesn’t come easy. It often takes a major shakeup—say, a global pandemic—to remind us that the status quo can’t go on forever, especially when it comes to running a business in a fast-shifting market.
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ICD-10-CM has been the standard diagnosis coding set for a while now—since 2015, in fact—but it’s complicated enough to cause the occasional head-scratch for members of the healthcare community. But don’t worry. The ICD-10 head-scratching stops today—at least with respect to the structure of the codes
The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the entire healthcare system—rehab therapy practices included. In the months since the US entered an official state of emergency, clinics across the country have shut down, reduced staff, adopted telehealth, reopened, developed totally new safety and scheduling protocols—the list goes on.
In the billing world, commercial payers have a lot of power. They set their own billing rules and guidelines; they choose how much they’ll pay providers; and they are under no obligation to unify their billing processes with other payers. When it comes to in-network billing, sometimes the game feels a little rigged. So, what happens when rehab therapists decide they don’t want to play ball? What options do they have? Well, it turns out they have a few. Enter the world of out-of-network billing.
In the last few years—and especially in the last several months—interest in cash-based and mobile practices has surged. To get the inside scoop on what makes these models so lucrative from a business and care perspective, we asked Dr. Eric Ullman, PT, DPT, the owner of ReThrive Wellness, to share his experience in opening a cash-based, concierge mobile physical therapy business.
On the WebPT Blog, we receive a whole lotta questions on a wide range of topics—from documentation best practices to setting a marketing budget. But one topic that comes up time and time again is what PTs can—or cannot—bill for. (And it makes a touch of sense considering that every PT practice relies on steady cash flow.)
As physical therapists, we spend countless hours mastering anatomy, physiology, and examination and treatment techniques—but how much time do we dedicate to learning about the lived experiences of our patients? Many clinicians choose the field of PT because it offers more patient-provider interaction time than other healthcare disciplines and requires strong interpersonal communication skills.
In theory, a PT patient who needs help with low back pain should receive the same care in Alaska as they do in Hawaii. After all, PTs across the country should have equivalent skills. It should follow that a licensed Alaskan PT could move to Hawaii and immediately treat patients—right?
As of this article’s publication date, we are less than one month away from the 2020 presidential election, but I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. Unless you’ve completely unplugged from all forms of media and resettled in the middle of nowhere, you’ve undoubtedly been confronted with phone calls, advertisements, and mailers reminding you when to vote—and for whom.