• This Week in PT News, May 22 Image

    articleMay 22, 2015

    This Week in PT News, May 22

    Men Less Likely to Get Osteoporosis Screenings A new study has revealed that men are less likely than women to undergo screenings for osteoporosis, leaving millions of American men at-risk and untested. Of the more than 10 million Americans who have osteoporosis, up to 2 million of those are men. Moreover, men make up 8 to 13 million of the 43 million Americans who have low bone density, which often is a precursor to osteoporosis. During the …

  • To ACO or Not to ACO: The Efficacy Question Image

    articleMay 20, 2015

    To ACO or Not to ACO: The Efficacy Question

    Yesterday, I told you about accountable care organizations (ACO) and how they might affect your physical therapy practice . Just one of several alternative payment models , the ACO approach seems to foster better and more expedient care, lower costs, and greater emphasis on physical therapists’ role as care coordinators. But CMS has experienced high dropout rates with its Pioneer program, and Medicare has already gone through three iterations of its ACO model, including the recent release …

  • What PTs Need to Know About ACOs Image

    articleMay 19, 2015

    What PTs Need to Know About ACOs

    As a physical therapist, you’re likely well-versed in the acronyms that drive your documentation practices: HIPAA , CPT , CMS , PQRS , FLR , and FML (just kidding). But there’s one more to watch for: ACO. By now, you’ve probably heard this one being bandied about in discussions about healthcare reform and alternative payment models, but you might not be super familiar with what it means. So, here you go: In response to the Affordable Care …

  • Inside Job: Combating Employee Theft in Your Practice Image

    articleMay 12, 2015

    Inside Job: Combating Employee Theft in Your Practice

    I spent my youth working in retail and at restaurants—two industries rife with high turnover rates and employee theft. Still, I was always shocked when I heard that an employee had been fired for pocketing cash from the registers or stealing merchandise from the shelves. Believe it or not, theft isn’t relegated to these two industries. Private medical practices also must combat theft—and it occurs way more often than you think. According to this Physicians Practice article …

  • Legal Compliance: One More Reason to Collect Patient Deductibles and Copays Image

    articleMay 6, 2015

    Legal Compliance: One More Reason to Collect Patient Deductibles and Copays

    Collecting copays and deductibles is an important piece of the effort to accurately value the services we provide. And yet, we still hear about practices that routinely waive their patients’ deductibles and copays. Today, I’ll discuss another reason not to routinely waive deductibles and copays. In the past, I’ve written about collecting deductibles and copays when a patient presents with a federally funded insurance like Medicare. In cases involving the Department of Justice, the powers that be …

  • The Pay-for-Performance Puzzle: 3 Ways PTs Can Get a Piece Image

    webinarMay 1, 2015

    The Pay-for-Performance Puzzle: 3 Ways PTs Can Get a Piece

    There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to payment reform: better access, lower cost, and improved accountability. And when you put ’em all together, you have a model that rewards quality over quantity, which is a great thing for PTs—if they know how to see the big picture and prepare accordingly. In this webinar, hosts Heidi Jannenga and Charlotte Bohnett will assemble the pay-for-performance puzzle and detail three things PTs can do to get …

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    articleApr 28, 2015

    5 Reasons You Should Attend Ascend 2015

    Have you heard? Ascend— the ultimate business summit for rehab therapists —is back. Last year, the inaugural event took Dallas—or at least, Dallas physical therapists and private practice owners—by storm for one jam-packed day . This year, Ascend is upping the ante—big time. For starters, our 2015 event will run for two days instead of one—and trust us, you don’t want to miss it. Here are five reasons you should attend Ascend 2015: 1. You’ll earn CEUs. …

  • Senate Repeals SGR in Landslide Vote Image

    articleApr 15, 2015

    Senate Repeals SGR in Landslide Vote

    Well, folks, the fix is in—the fix for the sustainable growth rate (SGR), that is. In a 92 to 8 vote, the Senate approved the SGR repeal bill, called HR2. In addition to an SGR repeal, the bill also officially extends the therapy cap exceptions process until December 31, 2017. This result is better than no therapy cap exceptions process at all; however, it’s disappointing to know that we came so close to achieving a full repeal …

  • Brace Yourself: Decreased Payments Might be Coming Image

    articleApr 14, 2015

    Brace Yourself: Decreased Payments Might be Coming

    As we warned at the end of last month , the times they are a-changin’. You’re likely well aware of the legislation that could do away with the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)—and extend the therapy cap for another two years. We had hoped to have better news for you at this point, but we’re still hanging tight while the Senate sings their own off-key version of Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On.” It’s April 14, 2015. That means the …

  • Wave Goodbye to Waivers: The Case for Consistent Copay Collection in PT Image

    articleApr 14, 2015

    Wave Goodbye to Waivers: The Case for Consistent Copay Collection in PT

    If you’re a private practice physical therapist or clinic owner, I’m willing to bet you—and your staff—have had more than one uncomfortable copay conversation at your front desk. After all, copays for physical therapy are often astronomical compared to those for other healthcare services—especially considering that many PT patients require multiple treatment sessions per week. Still, no matter how tough—or awkward—it is to collect those payments upfront, it’s imperative that you take a page from Nike and …

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