• The Dirty Truth About Insurance Plans and PT Image

    articleAug 14, 2018 | 7 min. read

    The Dirty Truth About Insurance Plans and PT

    “I love insurance payers!” If you were to compile a list of phrases that physical therapists are least likely to say, I’m betting that one would be somewhere near the top. And this sentiment certainly isn’t unwarranted. After all, payers—both commercial and federal—are notoriously difficult to work with . On top of that, they often make it especially difficult for beneficiaries to access to rehab therapy services. In fact, when we conducted our recent State of Rehab …

  • 4 Tips for Determining How Much to Charge for Your PT Services Image

    articleAug 10, 2018 | 5 min. read

    4 Tips for Determining How Much to Charge for Your PT Services

    During school, physical therapists receive extensive training in clinical reasoning, patient safety, body mechanics, caregiver education, and other essential skills. But one thing we don’t learn much about is business . Most of us receive very little training on practice management, and we certainly don’t learn anything about how to set our prices. Pricing is a complex issue in PT. It’s difficult to know exactly how much we should charge for our services. Price too low, and …

  • 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 …

  • 3 Smart Ways to Use Data Reports in Your PT Practice  Image

    articleAug 8, 2018 | 8 min. read

    3 Smart Ways to Use Data Reports in Your PT Practice

    Recently, we published a blog post detailing all of the reports now available in WebPT to help Members access even greater business intelligence—which in turn helps them make important operational decisions. Today, we thought we’d cover three super-relevant business questions you can answer based on information garnered from these reports (adapted from a wonderful resource created by WebPT Product Marketing Manager Bradley LaFave and Education Team Lead Moriah Ujano). So, without further ado, here we go: 1. …

  • Things to Consider When Taking Out a Loan to Start Your PT Practice Image

    articleAug 6, 2018 | 5 min. read

    Things to Consider When Taking Out a Loan to Start Your PT Practice

    So, you graduated from PT school—congrats! At this point, you may be thinking, “Now what?” A DPT education can take you down many paths, but if you have dreams of starting a physical therapy private practice, there’s one item you’ll need to check off your list first: securing the money to get started. And if you’ve considered taking out a business loan, there are some things you need to know. PT is a fast-growing industry, and private …

  • 9 Creative Physical Therapy Clinic Names Image

    articleAug 2, 2018 | 4 min. read

    9 Creative Physical Therapy Clinic Names

    What’s in a name? If you ask any expecting parent, it’s a lot. After all, a name is something most people carry with them through their whole lives, and it can have a lot of social implications. For many PT practice owners, their clinics are their babies—which makes choosing the right name even more important. After all, it should be memorable, simple, and something that delivers the right message to the clinic’s target audience. So, to give …

  • Founder Letter: It's Time to Close the PT Gender Pay Gap Image

    articleAug 1, 2018 | 10 min. read

    Founder Letter: It's Time to Close the PT Gender Pay Gap

    It’s a well-known—albeit unfortunate—truth that in the US, women receive less pay than men do when performing the same jobs (about 80 cents on the dollar , in fact—and that gap widens when we factor in race, although I’ll save that conversation for another day). In many ways, it seems like we, as a society, already should have evolved well past the so-called gender pay gap. After all, most of us know that gender doesn’t determine talent, …

  • CPTeach: Can PTs Bill for Patient Education? Image

    articleJul 31, 2018 | 5 min. read

    CPTeach: Can PTs Bill for Patient Education?

    Patient education is the cornerstone of physical therapy care. Whether they’re demonstrating exercises or providing information patients can use to improve their own health, PTs are just as much educators as they are caregivers. However, billing for education time isn’t exactly a clear-cut process. After all, there’s no specific code for patient education. Fortunately, if you document and report codes the right way, you can ensure payment for the time you spend coaching and educating your patients. …

  • Everything I Wish I’d Known Before Opening My PT Practice Image

    articleJul 30, 2018 | 18 min. read

    Everything I Wish I’d Known Before Opening My PT Practice

    A little more than three years ago, Kaci Monroe realized her dream of opening her own physical therapy private practice (to learn more about Kaci’s entrepreneurial journey, check out this blog post ). Since then, she’s grown her small, Bigfork, Montana-based clinic into a very successful—and very busy—operation. So busy, in fact, that she decided to open a second location this past year. Oh, and she also remodeled a house, had a baby, and sped her way …

  • Billing for Habilitation vs. Rehabilitation Services: What PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know Image

    articleJul 26, 2018 | 4 min. read

    Billing for Habilitation vs. Rehabilitation Services: What PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know

    According to this AOTA briefing , in 2017, federal law mandated that many individual and small group market health plans provide beneficiaries with separate visit limits for habilitative and rehabilitative services in an effort to provide equal coverage. As a result, some insurance companies now require providers to affix modifiers to their claims, thus indicating the type of services being provided. With that in mind, we thought it’d be a good idea to provide some clarity around …

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