• The Physical Therapist’s Crunch-Time Guide to ICD-10 Image

    downloadJun 24, 2015

    The Physical Therapist’s Crunch-Time Guide to ICD-10

    ICD-10 goes into effect on October 1, 2015, and if your practice is unprepared, you could suffer reduced payments—or worse, flat-out denials. Make sure that doesn’t happen. Get prepared with the Physical Therapist’s Crunch-Time Guide to ICD-10. Enter your email address below to download it.

  • This Week in PT News, June 12 Image

    articleJun 12, 2015

    This Week in PT News, June 12

    New Study Reveals Why Some Indigenous Cultures Don’t Experience Back Pain According to NPR, California acupuncturist Esther Gokhale recently conducted an investigation into the factors that might explain why some indigenous cultures don’t experience low back pain. Like 75% of Americans, Gokhale has experienced back pain, and she wasn’t convinced Western medicine could cure her ailment. So, she spent ten years visiting and studying populations that report having little to no back pain. She noticed that while …

  • New and Improved: Details on Sustainable Growth Rate Formula Replacement Image

    articleJun 1, 2015

    New and Improved: Details on Sustainable Growth Rate Formula Replacement

    Ding-dong—the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is dead . As of April 16, 2015—after 17 temporary patches—the wizards in Washington have permanently repealed the flawed SGR formula that threatened to significantly cut Medicare payments. Now, when payments exceed the growth in per-capita gross domestic product, PTs will no longer face reduced payments. Instead, they can look forward to a bit more stability, simplicity, and cash flow for the next decade. The new payment determination process begins with …

  • 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 …

  • 5 Reasons You Should Attend Ascend 2015 Image

    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. …

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