• 5 MIPS Lies You've Been Told—But Should Not Believe Image

    articleFeb 20, 2019 | 7 min. read

    5 MIPS Lies You've Been Told—But Should Not Believe

    WebPT is a purpose-driven company that’s gained the trust of its Members by prioritizing integrity, which, by definition , requires honesty and strong principles. As a company executive—and also as a consumer—I know that being lied to is the worst, especially when a person or company does it in order to benefit at my expense. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of this going on in our industry right now when it comes to Medicare's Merit-Based …

  • The Pros and Cons of Opting into MIPS Image

    articleFeb 18, 2019 | 8 min. read

    The Pros and Cons of Opting into MIPS

    I’ve spent an enormous amount of time researching MIPS —from digging through the 2,000-odd pages of the final rule and decoding line upon line of legalese, to participating in hour-long discussions (and dozens of email chains) with WebPT’s compliance experts. After all that researching, I feel pretty comfortable with the ins and outs of the program—as well as its benefits and drawbacks. So, let’s talk shop. Here are the pros and cons of MIPS participation : Pros …

  • Why Every PT Needs a Physician Bestie Image

    articleJan 28, 2019 | 6 min. read

    Why Every PT Needs a Physician Bestie

    Physical therapists fought long and hard to earn the professional autonomy that they have today. And yet, it’s still not complete, full autonomy; unrestricted direct access isn’t universal , and PTs have to obtain physician recertification of Medicare POCs every 30 days. It sometimes seems like a frustrating Mean Girls type of situation, where physicians are like the cliquey, cool kids, and you (the PTs) are forced to constantly compete for their attention and respect. So, maybe …

  • The Secret to Documenting for Medical Necessity Image

    articleDec 27, 2018 | 8 min. read

    The Secret to Documenting for Medical Necessity

    Around the holidays, everyone seems to get excited about closing out the year with a bang— literally, in some cases . But there’s nothing wrong with closing out the year on a calm, gentle note—one without denials, for example. One of the best ways to avoid claim denials is to document defensibly, and to prove that your treatment was undeniably (haha—get it?) a medical necessity . So, what exactly is medical necessity? Don’t worry—that’s one term we’re …

  • FAQ: Unwrapping MIPS and the Final Rule: How to Prepare for 2019 Image

    articleDec 14, 2018 | 38 min. read

    FAQ: Unwrapping MIPS and the Final Rule: How to Prepare for 2019

    Earlier this week, Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, WebPT President and Co-Founder, and Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, WebPT Director of Clinical Practice, Outcomes, and Education, hosted an hour-long webinar that unwrapped the many layers of MIPS and the 2019 physician fee schedule. Unsurprisingly, tearing through the layers of CMS’s latest gift revealed a crush of questions—many of which our experts didn’t have time to fully address. So, we compiled the most frequently asked ones for …

  • Is Your Practice HIPAA-Compliant? [Quiz] Image

    articleDec 12, 2018 | 1 min. read

    Is Your Practice HIPAA-Compliant? [Quiz]

    Back in 1996—long before the days of social media and smartphones—Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as a means of governing the manner in which providers, insurers, and business associates collect, share, and use patient protected health information (PHI). Ultimately, it’s in everyone’s best interest to ensure that patient information remains private, but adhering to all HIPAA rules can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned provider—especially in the age of …

  • 7 Steps to Successfully Practice PT in a New State Image

    articleDec 6, 2018 | 8 min. read

    7 Steps to Successfully Practice PT in a New State

    Whether you’re suffering from chronic wanderlust, or you’re just looking for different weather, moving to a new state can be a refreshing change of pace. But while moving your belongings is a fairly simple process, if you want to take your PT job with you, you’ll need more than bubble wrap and tape. In fact, there’s actually a whole list of compliance requirements to consider before you can treat patients in another state—and despite what you may …

  • 8 Simple Rules for Creating a Medicare POC Image

    articleDec 3, 2018 | 5 min. read

    8 Simple Rules for Creating a Medicare POC

    “Simple” and “Medicare” are rarely used in the same sentence, but that doesn’t have to be the case—especially when it comes to developing physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology plans of care (POCs) and adhering to certification requirements. While these treatment outlines might seem daunting at first, there are totally easy-to-follow guidelines to ensure yours are always comprehensive and compliant. To that end, here are eight simple rules for creating a Medicare POC—so you can provide …

  • Should My PT Practice Participate in MIPS? [Quiz] Image

    articleNov 29, 2018 | 1 min. read

    Should My PT Practice Participate in MIPS? [Quiz]

    In 2019, some physical, occupational, and speech therapists will be required to participate in Medicare's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) —a mash-up of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Meaningful Use (MU), and Value-based Modifier (VM) programs. Others will be able to opt-in, and still others will be excluded from participating at all (except in a voluntary manner that leaves them ineligible to receive the payment incentive or adjustment). Not sure where your practice stands? Take this …

  • Defensible Documentation Toolkit Image

    downloadNov 20, 2018

    Defensible Documentation Toolkit

    Is your documentation defensible enough to withstand scrutiny? Documentation is no one’s favorite, especially as increasing rules and regulations make it even harder to ensure your documentation is complete enough to withstand scrutiny. But, while documentation may not be the most-liked aspect of your job as a rehab therapist, it surely is a crucial one—for you and your patients. That’s why we’ve developed a comprehensive Defensible Documentation Toolkit—complete with 10 must-know defensible documentation tips, example notes, and …

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