• The Cap is Gone, But KX Lives On: How to Handle Therapy Claims in 2018 Image

    articleApr 9, 2018 | 5 min. read

    The Cap is Gone, But KX Lives On: How to Handle Therapy Claims in 2018

    It happened in the middle of the night: after months of debate and hours of back and forth that went until 3 AM on February 9, 2018, the Senate voted 71-28 in favor of a stopgap budget bill—known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018—that officially repealed the Medicare cap on therapy services . PTs, OTs, and SLPs around the country—especially those with Medicare claims sitting in limbo as they awaited further instruction from CMS—breathed a collective …

  • Tricare Update: Changes to Tricare’s Reimbursement Policy for Therapist Assistants Image

    articleApr 5, 2018 | 4 min. read

    Tricare Update: Changes to Tricare’s Reimbursement Policy for Therapist Assistants

    If you’ve heard some buzz about Tricare changing its reimbursement policy for services provided by therapist assistants, you’re not alone—after all, we recently reported on those changes right here on the WebPT Blog . But, there’s been some confusion regarding when, exactly, the changes will go into effect—and we’re here to clear it up. So, read on to learn when your organization can begin taking advantage of this policy shift. The Current Payment Situation Tricare pays for …

  • A 10-Point Plan for Smart and Secure Electronic Communications with Patients Image

    articleMar 15, 2018 | 8 min. read

    A 10-Point Plan for Smart and Secure Electronic Communications with Patients

    As emails and text messages have become ubiquitous, patient expectations around provider responsiveness have increased. Gone are the days when providers set aside time each afternoon to return calls; now, they can simply respond to their patients’ texts—but should they? Many physical therapists, regardless of their practice model or patient population, are surprised to learn that they may not be allowed to interact with patients in the manner they—or their patients—prefer. These same providers are typically even …

  • What's Going On with the 2018 Therapy Cap? Image

    articleFeb 6, 2018 | 7 min. read

    What's Going On with the 2018 Therapy Cap?

    Update: The therapy cap has been repealed as of February 9, 2018. Scroll to the last section of this post for details. Nowadays, you might be tempted to tune out, turn off, and log out at the mere mention of anything political. And considering the current climate within our legislative system, I certainly wouldn’t fault you for wanting to avoid the chaos. However, putting on the blinders could prevent you from learning crucial information. After all, the …

  • 4 Things Every PT Should Do After Taking a Con-Ed Course Image

    articleJan 5, 2018 | 5 min. read

    4 Things Every PT Should Do After Taking a Con-Ed Course

    Author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.” And this sentiment applies doubly when it comes to continuing education for PTs and PTAs. If you’re a physical therapy provider, then you’re undoubtedly aware that your state requires you to complete a set number of continuing education units (CEUs) within a specific timeframe. (If you’re a little hazy on the CEU requirements for your state, …

  • Physical Therapist CEU Requirements by State Image

    articleDec 29, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Physical Therapist CEU Requirements by State

    Recently, WebPT president and co-founder Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, published an article discussing the discrepancies between continuing education unit (CEU) requirements from state to state—as well as the importance of standardizing physical therapist CEU requirements (and developing better CEU delivery platforms ) to move the entire industry forward. Well, we decided to dig deeper into the differences in physical therapy CEU requirements by state. And it turns out that some states require a whopping 40 hours …

  • Ch-Ch-Changes: Tricare Updates in 2018 Image

    articleDec 22, 2017 | 3 min. read

    Ch-Ch-Changes: Tricare Updates in 2018

    Change seems inevitable in the healthcare sphere—especially when it comes to federal healthcare programs. That’s why I wasn’t surprised to hear about the many changes in store for Tricare in 2018. And when it comes to ch-ch-changes, even the starman himself advises you to “turn and face the strange.” Fortunately, we’ll be right there with you, facing those same changes and making sure rehab therapy providers can submit Tricare claims after January 1 without missing a beat. …

  • The Dangers of Free Physical Therapy CEUs Image

    articleDec 21, 2017 | 4 min. read

    The Dangers of Free Physical Therapy CEUs

    There are a lot of great things in life that are free: watching a sunrise, seeing a baby smile, strolling on the beach, petting a puppy, and stargazing on a clear night—just to name a few. But, one thing you won’t ever find on this list is CEUs. That’s because free physical therapy CEUs have a reputation of being less than stellar, and that’s just not something you want in a continuing education course—especially not a course …

  • 7 Simple Rules for Holiday Gifting in Health Care Image

    articleDec 18, 2017 | 6 min. read

    7 Simple Rules for Holiday Gifting in Health Care

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but if you’re not adhering to gift-giving rules this holiday season, it can be the most legally risky time of the year. Now, I’m not talking about gift-giving between friends—although there should probably be a law against regifting fruitcake, am I right? I’m talkin’ specifically about gifts between patients and their providers. Let’s be honest: your patients adore you. And why shouldn’t they? You give them the gift of …

  • Common Questions from our Regulatory Roundup Webinar Image

    articleDec 15, 2017 | 19 min. read

    Common Questions from our Regulatory Roundup Webinar

    Earlier this week, WebPT’s own Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, and Charlotte Bohnett teamed up to present a webinar detailing the most important regulatory updates that will impact PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2018. During this hour-long session—which you can view completely free of charge here —our co-hosts covered a lot of legislative ground. And not surprisingly, they also received a lot of audience questions. While we didn’t have time to answer all of those questions live, …

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