• Timely Filing: A Cheat Sheet for PTs Image

    articleSep 26, 2019 | 6 min. read

    Timely Filing: A Cheat Sheet for PTs

    When it comes to punctuality, here’s my motto: “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.” Maybe I think that way because I have a Type A personality (holy organization, Batman ). Or, maybe it’s because this rule truly applies in many situations—even in physical therapy billing . Because with claim submissions , lateness isn’t only unacceptable; it also causes denials . So, how do you know when your claim submissions are early, …

  • Animals in Rehab: An Emerging Trend Image

    articleSep 26, 2019 | 9 min. read

    Animals in Rehab: An Emerging Trend

    Most physical therapists entered the profession to work with people. That’s why meeting an animal physical therapist can often cause folks to do a double-take. But if you’re an animal lover, and you’re looking for a change, it’s time to get excited—because physical therapists can and do work with animals in many different ways. Whether you’d like to incorporate animals into the healing process for humans, or you’re more interested in treating the animals themselves, you’ve got …

  • Overcome Your Fear: 4 Strategies for Tackling the HIPAA Risk Assessment Image

    articleSep 24, 2019 | 5 min. read

    Overcome Your Fear: 4 Strategies for Tackling the HIPAA Risk Assessment

    Without a doubt, healthcare practices—big and small—find the HIPAA risk assessment daunting. The HIPAA Security Rule requires all covered entities (a.k.a. providers) and business associates (a.k.a. the people and vendors providers do business with) to conduct an accurate and thorough risk analysis of potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all electronic protected health information (ePHI). However, carrying that out often seems insurmountable and impossible. How can any busy healthcare practice be expected …

  • When Should PTs Use the New X Modifiers? Image

    articleSep 19, 2019 | 3 min. read

    When Should PTs Use the New X Modifiers?

    Last July, we covered updated guidance on X modifier use from the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS). As WebPT’s Erica McDermott explains, “beginning July 1, 2019, CMS will unbundle NCCI edit pairs when providers attach the appropriate modifier (59, XE, XS, XP, or XU) to either the first-column or second-column code (assuming, of course, that the situation warrants the use of one of these modifiers).” While it’s still unclear what, exactly, this means for PTs, …

  • The Home Health PT's Guide to Billing for Outpatient Services Image

    articleSep 19, 2019 | 5 min. read

    The Home Health PT's Guide to Billing for Outpatient Services

    Did you know that the singular form of the word “confetti” is “ confetto ”? Or that sharks have literally attacked the Internet ? Or that we can thank Shakespeare for inventing the word “manager?” (Yeah, that one surprised me, too!) There’s a lot of collective human knowledge that each of us as individuals will never get a chance to learn about—and I mean a lot. Simply reading the entire Internet would take a couple dozen million …

  • Let’s Celebrate Global PT Day of Service 2019! Image

    articleSep 16, 2019 | 5 min. read

    Let’s Celebrate Global PT Day of Service 2019!

    The fifth annual PT Day of Service ™ is taking the entire world by storm on October 12. We invite you to join thousands of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, students, and others as we serve our local and global communities. Nearly 15,000 participants in 60 countries have joined the PTDOS cause since its inception in 2015. What began as a simple question of “ What if… ” has grown into a worldwide movement—and we’re excited to …

  • How to Have a Better Patient Care Experience in Your Practice Image

    articleSep 12, 2019 | 6 min. read

    How to Have a Better Patient Care Experience in Your Practice

    This post comes from Ascend 2019 speaker Brian Gallagher, PT, the owner and CEO of MEG Business Management . Want to see Brian speak about building a winning front desk management system in your practice? Register for Ascend here . Curious about the rest of the speaker lineup? Check it out here . Ready to provide a better patient care experience ?  Well, look no further than your front desk team . Recently, I suffered a prolapsed …

  • The Dish on Patient Discounts: Can You Charge Different Rates for the Same Service? Image

    articleSep 11, 2019 | 7 min. read

    The Dish on Patient Discounts: Can You Charge Different Rates for the Same Service?

    Let’s start with the bad news. (Spoiler alert!) Patient discounts aren’t anywhere near as straightforward as we’d all like them to be. Getting a hard-and-fast rule from every commercial payer and state government—or even from CMS —can be harder than keeping up with the gossip in a highschool cafeteria. So, naturally, the discounting situation is less “he said, she said” and more “they said, they said, they said, and they said.” It’s hard to know what you …

  • Even Small Practices Face Cybersecurity Threats and Government Scrutiny Image

    articleSep 10, 2019 | 4 min. read

    Even Small Practices Face Cybersecurity Threats and Government Scrutiny

    As exhibited in the news items below, small practices are not immune to HIPAA scrutiny by the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)—as investigated by their enforcement agency, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Potential violations may be reported to these agencies through complaints by individual patients or through OCR-initiated audits.  April 2, 2019: “Michigan Practice Forced to Close Following Ransomware Attack” According to this article , when ransomware encrypted the computer system at …

  • CMS Audits: Who, What, and Why Image

    articleSep 6, 2019 | 10 min. read

    CMS Audits: Who, What, and Why

    This post comes from Ascend 2019 speaker Mary R. Daulong, PT, CHC, CHP, President and CEO of Business & Clinical Management Services, Inc. Want to see Mary speak about audits during a live interactive session? Register for Ascend here . Curious about the rest of the speaker lineup? Check it out here . Does it seem like there have been more audits of therapy documentation and billing recently? It is not a figment of your imagination ; …

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