• 5 Questions to Ask Every Medicare Patient Before Providing PT Services Image

    articleOct 18, 2019 | 8 min. read

    5 Questions to Ask Every Medicare Patient Before Providing PT Services

    Physical therapy billing is complicated enough. When you throw Medicare into the mix, it becomes an even bigger headache. But when you consider the fact that, as of 2015 , more than 55 million Americans receive Medicare coverage, every physical therapist is bound to contend with Medicare rules at some point. ( Even cash-based PTs! ) So, how can PTs prevent themselves from making Medicare billing blunders (aside from a world-class documentation and billing platform, of course)? …

  • Common Questions from Our Medicare Compliance Webinar Image

    articleOct 17, 2019 | 48 min. read

    Common Questions from Our Medicare Compliance Webinar

    During this month’s webinar, compliance experts Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, WebPT Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, and Veda Collmer, JD, OTR, WebPT’s Chief Compliance Officer, discussed strategies for contending with compliance chaos and Medicare mayhem. As they ventured forth into the Medicare labyrinth, they received many queries from fellow adventurers—er, rehab therapists—about the potential pitfalls one might experience while facing the Medicare behemoth. They received so many, in fact, that they simply could not answer them …

  • 5 Examples of When to Use the New PTA and OTA Modifiers Image

    articleOct 16, 2019 | 9 min. read

    5 Examples of When to Use the New PTA and OTA Modifiers

    It’s the season of spooks—and uncanny thrills and chills (like dancing skeletons and pumpkin people ) are hiding around every corner. But ghostly wails, gnarled trees, and creaky houses aren’t the only eerie sentinels of the season. CMS shared its own spooky surprise with the rehab therapy industry this year by moving forward with the PTA and OTA modifiers and reimbursement reductions. It may not be the spookiest thing to pop up around Halloween time (I personally …

  • How to Deal with a Patient Data Breach (and Avoid One in the First Place) Image

    articleOct 15, 2019 | 7 min. read

    How to Deal with a Patient Data Breach (and Avoid One in the First Place)

    With electronic storage of protected health information (“PHI”) becoming more common, healthcare providers are rightly concerned about ensuring their data and security systems are not breached, and developing an established course of action in the event that their systems are breached.  The most important security precaution that a provider can have in place is a stable system for breach prevention. Otherwise, navigating the field to ensure there are no breaches can be difficult.  Do not place your …

  • Medicare Part A vs. Part B: What PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know Image

    articleOct 11, 2019 | 10 min. read

    Medicare Part A vs. Part B: What PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know

    Whether you’re just starting out as a Medicare provider—or you’re making the switch from inpatient to outpatient—there’s a lot to keep straight when it comes to the complicated rules, regulations, and policies that govern Original Medicare (which consists of both Part A and Part B). But if you want to receive reimbursement for your services, you’ve got to know how to navigate the murky Medicare waters.  Basic Differences Between Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B As …

  • Protecting Patient Data: Lessons Learned from the Anthem and Equifax Data Breach Settlements Image

    articleOct 10, 2019 | 6 min. read

    Protecting Patient Data: Lessons Learned from the Anthem and Equifax Data Breach Settlements

    Before 2015, data breaches were mostly confined to retail businesses. However, as more patient information becomes digitized, big data breaches are becoming more common in health care. And hackers don’t discriminate; they target organizations of all types and sizes, ranging from big hospitals to small private practices. So, is there anything a small-to-medium-sized physical therapy practice can do to reduce the risk of a data breach? Performing a HIPAA risk assessment is an excellent first step.  No …

  • Motivation Restoration: How to Effectively Engage Employees in Your PT Clinic Image

    articleOct 8, 2019 | 8 min. read

    Motivation Restoration: How to Effectively Engage Employees in Your PT Clinic

    What if I told you that no single policy or engagement plan would be enough to motivate all of your employees —no matter how good it is? I hope you’re comfortable with your answer to that question, because that’s exactly what I’m telling you. There is no one-size-fits-all master plan that will satisfy the needs of every single one of your employees (unless, of course, you have only one employee or you employ a handful of clones). …

  • Physical Therapist CEU Requirements by State Image

    articleOct 7, 2019 | 7 min. read

    Physical Therapist CEU Requirements by State

    A while back, WebPT co-founder and chief clinical officer Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, published an article discussing the discrepancies between continuing education unit (CEU) requirements from state to state—as well as the importance of standardizing physical therapist CEU requirements (and developing better CEU delivery platforms ) to move the entire industry forward. Well, we decided to dig deeper into the differences in physical therapy CEU requirements by state. And it turns out that some states require …

  • How to Select the Right CEU Credits Image

    articleOct 7, 2019 | 6 min. read

    How to Select the Right CEU Credits

    For practicing PTs, physical therapy continuing education courses (CEUs) are a fact of life. After all, most states require PTs to complete a certain number of CEUs each year in order to retain a license to practice. But just because these courses are mandatory doesn’t mean they also have to be a drag. Good physical therapy CEUs can be both educational and interesting; they also can be really great for your career and your clinic. But the …

  • Does the New California Consumer Privacy Act Apply to Your Physical Therapy Practice? Image

    articleOct 4, 2019 | 6 min. read

    Does the New California Consumer Privacy Act Apply to Your Physical Therapy Practice?

    I’m sure by now you’ve heard a rumor that California has enacted the most impactful privacy rule in the nation. Maybe you also heard that California’s privacy rule applies to California residents—and that it does not apply to medical information. And perhaps you’ve wondered if the rule applies to your practice, but you haven’t had time to look into it. Lucky for you, WebPT has created this handy FAQ to educate you about the California Consumer Privacy …

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