• articleNov 23, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Technology used in therapy treatments in unusal ways

    In today's modern technology world PT patients are used to using their technology resources, such as their phones and PDAs, for everyday tasks. Why not add these tools to their rehabilitation program. Using these tools to record images and videos of their exercises can be a great way to remind the patient how to do the exercise correctly and provide added visuals many people need. In the recent discussion on the use of new technology to deliver …

  • articleNov 20, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Temporary Reprieve to some Final Rule Changes Passed by Senate but the Fight is NOT Over!

    Last night the Senate passed a bill  by unanimous vote called The Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act of 2010 (PPTRA) that allows a 30 day reprieve from the Medicare Final Rule and continue the existing 2.2% Medicare payment update that expires November 30. The PPTRA also changes  the multiple payment procedure reduction (MPPR) finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this month, by applying a 20% reduction, rather than the 25% reduction in the …

  • articleNov 18, 2010 | 4 min. read

    What PTs Should Know About 2011 Final Rule Medicare Changes

    Some major changes are headed our way in terms of the 2011 Medicare Final Rule on the Physician Fee schedule and Other Policies to be effective January 1, 2011.  The Rule included a number of provisions that have impact on outpatient therapy services. The net effect of the policies could lead to payment reductions of approximately 30%. If you see Medicare patients and they impact your revenue, there are several things to pay attention to and deal …

  • articleNov 16, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Medicare guidelines for skilled nursing home care and home health care are ruled too strinct

    Medicare budget cuts are forcing new guildines for skilled nursing home care and home health care but two courts have recently ruled these guidlines to be too strict. New guidlines would have meant it was the patient's responsability to prove their condition would improve over time with this assistance. The courts ruled that chronic patients in need of long-term care should not be denied services. WASHINGTON — Two federal courts have ruled that the Obama administration is …

  • articleNov 16, 2010 | 2 min. read

    APTA speaks out about continued outpatient therapy cuts

    APTA's President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD issued a statement representing the associations disappointment in continued Medicare cuts that specifically impact therapy services. The 7%-9% reduction in payments will have reprecussions that will greatly impact our nation's seniors and disabled and anyone needing long-term care our out patient services. Statement by APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, which, …

  • articleNov 16, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Continued Medicare cuts and caps will affect therapy patients and providers in 2011

    The American Physical Therapy Association(APTA) is keeping its members informed about continued cuts and caps for Medicare beneficiaries. In an attempt to control cost, Medicare patients continue to see limitations on their service and the hardest hit areas are long-term rehabilitation care and outpatient services. The hardest hit by these cuts are our nation's seniors and disabled and the providers that service them. Payment cuts and caps on services will affect patients and providers in 2011 Medicare …

  • articleNov 15, 2010 | 4 min. read

    PPS 2010 Conference Highlights

    The WebPT team attended and exhibited at the annual APTA  PPS 2010 Conference last week in Washington DC. This conference emphasized the business side of PT and how to improve your practice. This year's focus was marketing and tools to build your business. In this time of declining revenues per visit, PT clinic owners are being forced to think outside the box and really go after referrals, improve their billing practices to maximize returns, develop creative staff …

  • articleNov 8, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Physical therapy can help breast cancer patients with everyday quality of life

    Most people don't think about physical therapy after breast surgery however the the purpose of physical therapy - - to strengthen and improve mobility - - can be a critical factor in the quality of life for these patients. Patients who undergo this type of surgery immediately begin to realize this are of their body impacts how they move throughout their day. Helping these patients with daily exercises they can do to quickly recover and gain this …

  • articleNov 8, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Lymphedema can cause swelling and pain that leave people with limited mobility

    Physical therapy has been proven to help improve overall mobility and quality of life for patients with lymphedema. Reducing the swelling and removing the fluid is part of the beneficial therapy. However, it is key to continue long-term treatment plans in order to maintain mobility. Imagine getting caught in a traffic jam when there’s no way to get off the road — no side streets or highway exits. Stopped traffic continues to build and build, and the …

  • articleNov 8, 2010 | 1 min. read

    In the NFL physical therapy routines become critical to athletes careers

    Most NFL players are no strangers to strengthening and rehabilitation but physical therapy following a serious injury and surgery can prove challenging to even the toughest professional footballer player. Months of ongoing rehab have become a part of many athletes daily routines. The way Brendon Ayanbadejo remembers the first significant injury of his football career, it came on a routine play. It was the fourth quarter of a road game at New England early last season, and …

Pages

Achieve greatness in practice with the ultimate EMR for PTs, OTs, and SLPs.