• 8 Nontraditional PT Settings to Explore Image

    articleOct 28, 2019 | 17 min. read

    8 Nontraditional PT Settings to Explore

    Many physical therapists go through school with the goal of working in a specific setting. Some can’t wait to join an inpatient rehab facility; others are excited to work in outpatient orthopedics. Then there are the PTs who love the idea of home health , pediatrics, or skilled nursing facility (SNF) rehab. But, the dreaming tends to end there—because as PT students, most of us assume that we’ll be working in one of the aforementioned environments.  That’s …

  • What to Expect When You're Expecting a New PT Image

    articleOct 25, 2019 | 7 min. read

    What to Expect When You're Expecting a New PT

    Congratulations on your practice’s new addition! Bringing on a new PT can be a lot of work, but it’s also highly rewarding. There’s a lot to consider when you make such a big decision, and if you don’t cross all your t’s and dot all your i’s, the road ahead is certain to be bumpy. So, to ensure your nest is all ready for your little bundle of joy—uh, I mean, your new therapist—be sure to take …

  • 5 Times a Medicare Patient Can't Pay Cash Image

    articleOct 24, 2019 | 6 min. read

    5 Times a Medicare Patient Can't Pay Cash

    With declining reimbursements—and ever-increasing documentation and reporting requirements—it’s no wonder so many rehab therapists are stepping out of contracts with third-party payers to pursue a cash-pay business model. And given that many Medicare patients could benefit from rehab therapy (hello, baby boomers), it would be lovely if Medicare made it easy for cash-pay providers to serve those beneficiaries . Unfortunately, though, compared to instances in which you can accept cash from a Medicare patient, there are significantly …

  • A HIPAA Risk Assessment is a Learning Experience Image

    articleOct 23, 2019 | 8 min. read

    A HIPAA Risk Assessment is a Learning Experience

    If you own a small- to medium-sized physical therapy practice, you are most likely preoccupied with daily operations such as paying bills, marketing your practice, and treating patients. You may know about HIPAA at a high-level—and you may also worry from time to time about a data breach. But, compliance and security are complicated; the regulations are written in legalese. Big organizations have resources that you do not in the form of experts—and time—that they can devote …

  • 5 Ways Poor Communication is Destroying Your PT Clinic Image

    articleOct 22, 2019 | 10 min. read

    5 Ways Poor Communication is Destroying Your PT Clinic

    Let’s say you want to order a custom cake from a small bakery, and you plan to swing by to place your order after work. Unfortunately, your work day turns into a total stress-fest, and you barely have time to run into the bakery before it closes. You slip inside with five minutes to spare. The baker is annoyed that you came in so close to closing time (she had a bad day, too), and you can …

  • How to Qualify for the ADA Tax Credit Image

    articleOct 21, 2019 | 4 min. read

    How to Qualify for the ADA Tax Credit

    While you’re no doubt laser-focused on providing quality care to your patients, you may occasionally overlook some administrative tasks. You’re busy; it happens. I’m not trying to add one more thing to the list of worries that keep you tossing and turning at night; but, I do want to make you aware of a benefit you may be entitled to—but missing out on. I’m talking about the ADA tax credit of up to $5,000, which helps practices …

  • 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

    The season of spooks has officially passed—and uncanny thrills and chills (like dancing skeletons and pumpkin people ) have retreated to their hovels for another year. But one eerie (and stubborn) sentinel of the season still remains: the PTA and OTA modifiers and payment reductions. This spooky surprise (courtesy of CMS) may not have been the spookiest thing to pop up around Halloween time this year (I personally thought the 8% payment cut was a lot scarier), …

  • 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 …

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