• The Startup Clinic's Guide to Private Practice PT Billing Image

    articleOct 3, 2019 | 11 min. read

    The Startup Clinic's Guide to Private Practice PT Billing

    Is your relationship with billing complicated at best? I get it. Figuring out how to bill insurance companies for private practice physical therapy can seem daunting, especially in light of ever-changing regulations. But unless you own a strictly cash-pay clinic , you can’t practice—or get paid—without it. I’m not asking you to love billing, but to help your startup clinic succeed, you need to understand it. Here’s how to get started: Get credentialed. If you haven’t already …

  • Founder Letter: Welcome to the World's Most Compliant PT Clinic Image

    articleOct 2, 2019 | 10 min. read

    Founder Letter: Welcome to the World's Most Compliant PT Clinic

    Once upon a time, there was a clinic that never had a single denied claim or failed audit. This clinic prioritized ensuring compliance with Medicare rules and regulations just as much as delivering top-notch patient care and shipping clean claims . This practice was so successful, in fact, that employees never had to stress about the threat of Medicare fines, which meant they could focus all of their energy and attention on creating an incredible patient experience …

  • Here's Celebratin' You, PTs!  Image

    articleOct 1, 2019 | 5 min. read

    Here's Celebratin' You, PTs!

    October is, without question, my favorite month of the year. The leaves change colors, the mornings have a little bite to them, and all my favorite pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple-flavored treats make a killer comeback. And I’m not the only fall fanatic ’round WebPT HQ—because October rings in one of our favorite annual events: National Physical Therapy Month ! It’s the perfect time to take a beat and celebrate the wonderful PTs inside and outside of the …

  • Rate Your PT Clinic's Billing [Quiz] Image

    articleSep 27, 2019 | 1 min. read

    Rate Your PT Clinic's Billing [Quiz]

    At the end of the day, you can’t have a successful PT clinic without a reliable, efficient billing process. But, when you’re consumed by the stressors of running a PT clinic and don’t exactly feel over the moon with your current billing situation, it’s difficult to tell if your clinic’s billing process is out of this world and just needs a small tuneup—or if it’s earthbound and needs a complete overhaul.  So, there’s never been a better …

  • 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 …

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