• How Can PTs Use Telehealth? Image

    articleMar 22, 2017 | 7 min. read

    How Can PTs Use Telehealth?

    Telehealth continues to garner headlines as providers, patients, and payers all seek more effective and cost-efficient ways to deliver care. In fact, this increasingly popular treatment option is giving providers of all stripes the flexibility to cast a wider net and provide services to patients seeking alternate ways to access health services (e.g., those who are homebound or who reside in more rural, underserved areas). But, as with anything new, there are bound to be some growing …

  • Stay Sharp: Using Data to Up-Skill Your Clinical Staff Image

    articleMar 9, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Stay Sharp: Using Data to Up-Skill Your Clinical Staff

    As more private payers join the value-based reimbursement movement, rehab therapy providers may want to take a good, hard look in the mirror to determine whether their data-collection efforts are up to par—and for good reason. Payment throughout the entire healthcare continuum will soon be tied to value, rather than volume . And to prove the efficacy of their treatment—and thus, ensure success in the long term—PTs must not only collect outcomes data, but also develop a …

  • Founder Letter: Innovate, Don't Automate: The Slippery Slope of Clinical Support Software Image

    articleMar 7, 2017 | 8 min. read

    Founder Letter: Innovate, Don't Automate: The Slippery Slope of Clinical Support Software

    Today, most of us depend on technology to help us tackle some of the more mundane tasks that would otherwise require time and space on our already-too-full schedules. We text instead of call. We order gifts, groceries, and gadgets online instead of waiting in line at the store. And we deposit checks using our phones—if we ever even receive a check (hello, Square Cash and online bill pay)—instead of trekking over to the bank. In essence, we’ve …

  • Evaluation Exam: Do You Know How to Use the New PT and OT Eval Codes? [Quiz] Image

    articleMar 3, 2017 | 1 min. read

    Evaluation Exam: Do You Know How to Use the New PT and OT Eval Codes? [Quiz]

    On January 1, 2017, new CPT codes went into effect for PT and OT evaluations and reevaluations. To use these new codes correctly, PTs and OTs must determine—and code for—the correct level of complexity associated with each patient evaluation. As with anything new, the implementation of these codes stirred up quite a few tough questions. Think you know how to use them? Test your skills on this quiz to be sure. After all, incorrect code selection could …

  • Suppressing Sticker Shock: How to Handle Your Patients’ High-Deductible Health Plans Image

    webinarFeb 23, 2017

    Suppressing Sticker Shock: How to Handle Your Patients’ High-Deductible Health Plans

    Copayments, coinsurances, unresolved balances—oh my! Any one of these can cause headaches for healthcare providers, but as healthcare reform efforts shift more and more financial burden to insurance beneficiaries, today’s practitioners are increasingly facing all three. And these challenges are not only hurting their patient acquisition and retention rates, but also their bottom lines. Tired of spending time verifying benefits only to lose those patients to copay sticker shock? Stuck in a constant cycle of pursuing past-due …

  • Sharpen Your Saw: My Top 3 Takeaways from CSM 2017 Image

    articleFeb 23, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Sharpen Your Saw: My Top 3 Takeaways from CSM 2017

    Sometimes you have to take a break from the “work” of your work to hone your skills and take your game to the next level. After returning home from this year’s APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in San Antonio, I feel like that statement rings particularly true; after all, it takes stepping outside your office—and the comfort zone you’ve created inside those walls—to learn new ideas and approaches that will help you become more effective and efficient …

  • Common Questions from our Cloudy with a Chance of Reform Webinar Image

    articleFeb 13, 2017 | 13 min. read

    Common Questions from our Cloudy with a Chance of Reform Webinar

    In our first webinar of 2017 , WebPT’s co-founder and president, Heidi Jannenga, teamed up with CEO Nancy Ham to discuss the current and future healthcare trends that will impact PTs, OTs, and SLPs. (Missed it? No worries; you can view the complete recording here .) As always, we received quite a few questions during the presentation—way more than we could address live. So, we’ve put them all here, in one handy Q&A doc. Scroll through and …

  • MIPS FAQ for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleJan 25, 2017 | 9 min. read

    MIPS FAQ for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    Unless you’ve been intentionally avoiding all discussions of healthcare changes for 2017, you’ve probably heard at least mention of CMS’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which consolidates aspects of the Meaningful Use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) , and Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) programs. While MIPS went into effect on January 1, 2017, physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) aren’t eligible to participate until at least 2019. And we’re all still waiting …

  • Do PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Worry About Meaningful Use in 2017? Image

    articleJan 12, 2017 | 4 min. read

    Do PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Worry About Meaningful Use in 2017?

    By this point, you may have already heard that the future of Meaningful Use (MU)—at least as healthcare providers once knew it—has officially sunsetted. If you’re a PT, OT, or SLP, you might respond to that news with something like, “Yeah—so?” After all, rehab therapists were never eligible for MU anyway. But, just because the MU program is being consolidated —along with the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM)—into the new Merit-based …

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Reform: 5 Key Healthcare Forecasts for 2017 Image

    webinarJan 5, 2017

    Cloudy with a Chance of Reform: 5 Key Healthcare Forecasts for 2017

    Predicting the weather is tough—just ask any meteorologist who has called for sun on the day of a major downpour. Well, predicting the fate of the US healthcare system isn’t much easier—there’s a lot up in the air, after all. But, even without a healthcare equivalent of Doppler Radar, there are a few key trends that are sure to have a major impact on PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2017 and beyond. And to keep your practice …

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