• Bad Debt Blues: How to Keep Your Clinic Out of the Red Image

    articleSep 21, 2018 | 5 min. read

    Bad Debt Blues: How to Keep Your Clinic Out of the Red

    Many practices are experiencing higher levels of bad debt than they have in the past—partially due to the proliferation of high-deductible health plans that place greater financial responsibility on patients. And when patients don't pay the full amount they are responsible for—and practices fail to collect past-due amounts—the go-to solution often is writing off those totals as bad debt. But financially, that is not an ideal course of action. So, let's talk about how to optimize your …

  • Right on the Money: The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Rehab Therapy Billing Image

    articleSep 19, 2018 | 7 min. read

    Right on the Money: The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Rehab Therapy Billing

    Most of us went to physical therapy school to treat patients, not to spend our lives mired in stacks of paperwork. But that’s what physical therapy billing can feel like: endless mountains of forms, claims, and invoices . As much as we malign it, though, billing accurately for our services is crucial to keeping our clinic doors open so we can continue to treat those patients. Because most of us haven’t received formal training on how to …

  • The Dos and Don'ts of Balance Billing Image

    articleSep 17, 2018 | 5 min. read

    The Dos and Don'ts of Balance Billing

    If you’ve been in the rehab therapy game long enough, chances are, you’ve heard a thing or two about balance billing. But, if you’re out of the loop—or if you’re wondering what balance billing is, anyway—here’s the gist, according to this article from Becker’s Hospital Review: “The practice of balance billing refers to a physician's ability to bill the patient for an outstanding balance after the insurance company submits its portion of the bill. Out-of-network physicians, not …

  • The 8-Minute Rule: What it is and How it Works in WebPT Image

    articleSep 13, 2018 | 12 min. read

    The 8-Minute Rule: What it is and How it Works in WebPT

    With most buyer-seller transactions, calculating the cost of a product or service is fairly simple. There are no complicated formulas for determining the monetary value of a pizza or a movie ticket; you simply pay the business’s advertised price. When it comes to Medicare’s payment for rehab therapy services, however, things aren’t always so simple. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded 8-Minute Rule (a.k.a. the Rule of Eights). So, here’s a rundown of the rule as well …

  • 20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe What It’s Like to be an Occupational Therapist Image

    articleSep 12, 2018 | 3 min. read

    20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe What It’s Like to be an Occupational Therapist

    These 20 hilarious GIFs describe exactly what it’s like to be an occupational therapist (ups and downs included). 1. That moment when you finally get to treat patients without needing a cosign on your notes. Score! (Source: https://gph.is/1BNHr7A ) 2. Then, you’re on such a roll that you get a tad overzealous—and prescribe your patient nearly every exercise in the HEP program. (Source: https://gph.is/2ejEDHh ) 3. But, you know it was worth it when your patient meets …

  • What is an Ethics and Compliance Program, and Why is it Important to Rehabilitation Providers? Image

    articleSep 11, 2018 | 7 min. read

    What is an Ethics and Compliance Program, and Why is it Important to Rehabilitation Providers?

    In a recent blog post , Veda Collmer (Chief Compliance Officer at WebPT) summarized seven elements of an effective compliance program. In this post, we will add detail around the origins, elements, and mechanisms of ethics and compliance programs. What is a Compliance and Ethics Program? A compliance program is a set of policies and procedures that a company puts in place to avoid violating laws and/or government regulations, thus protecting the company or brand. These policies …

  • Top 10 Healthcare Podcasts for Physical Therapists Image

    articleSep 10, 2018 | 6 min. read

    Top 10 Healthcare Podcasts for Physical Therapists

    Over the last few years, podcasts have made a huge impact on the physical therapy profession. From hosts waxing philosophical about issues in health care, to fellow therapists providing useful clinical tips and information about managing debt, it seems there’s a podcast on just about every relevant topic out there. When we published the original version of this article, there weren’t many podcasts specifically created by physical therapists for physical therapists. But plenty have emerged in the …

  • Happy World PT Day 2018! Image

    articleSep 7, 2018 | 4 min. read

    Happy World PT Day 2018!

    It’s that time of year again—a time when physical therapists around the world take a moment to shine a spotlight on the important work they do. World Physical Therapy Day happens every year on September 8, and it’s an opportunity for physical therapists across the globe to raise awareness about their contributions to not only physical fitness, but also health and wellness in general. It’s also a day to recognize the positive impact PTs have on their …

  • National Payment Amounts for Top Rehab Therapy CPT Codes Image

    articleSep 6, 2018 | 2 min. read

    National Payment Amounts for Top Rehab Therapy CPT Codes

    Here at WebPT, we receive a lot of questions about the typical payment amounts for the most commonly used physical therapy Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes . So, we pulled some stats and turned it into a nifty one-sheet download. For reference, WebPT has more than 83,000 therapy professionals using our system (as of August 2018)—and that means we have a robust amount of data showing how therapists use CPT codes in real life. As a reminder, …

  • Founder Letter: Is Insurance Really the Enemy? Image

    articleSep 5, 2018 | 7 min. read

    Founder Letter: Is Insurance Really the Enemy?

    If you’ve been a part of the physical therapy profession for any length of time, I don’t have to tell you how many barriers stand between patients and access to quality physical therapy care. From skyrocketing premiums to restrictions on direct access , it often feels like the odds are stacked against us. In fact, during our recent industry-wide survey , rehab therapists ranked insurance requirements as the top barrier to accessing patients before they see a …

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