• Why Physical Therapists Should Support the CONNECT for Health Act 2017 Image

    articleAug 14, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Why Physical Therapists Should Support the CONNECT for Health Act 2017

    The US Senate recently introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act 2017 (S.1016) . If passed, the CONNECT for Health Act would remove several barriers to utilizing telehealth with Medicare patients—which would present a valuable opportunity to the physical therapy profession. Here’s why PTs should strongly consider supporting it: It will allow PTs to deliver, and receive reimbursement for, physical therapy telehealth services. As it stands, Medicare only provides …

  • What 500,000 Evaluative Notes Told Us About the New CPT Codes Image

    articleAug 2, 2017 | 7 min. read

    What 500,000 Evaluative Notes Told Us About the New CPT Codes

    Back in January, PTs and OTs experienced a pretty dramatic shift in the way they coded for initial evaluations. As you probably—hopefully—recall, this change required therapists to select evaluation CPT codes based on the complexity of each individual eval. (If this doesn’t sound familiar—or if you want a refresher on the details of the new evaluation code set—then I’d recommend reading this post ASAP.) This was a major change—one that thrust our entire profession into uncharted territory. …

  • When Should I Use Modifier 59? Image

    articleJul 28, 2017 | 7 min. read

    When Should I Use Modifier 59?

    In a PT’s paradise, the billing process wouldn’t exist. Therapists would simply provide treatment and receive payment accordingly, no explanation—or coding—required. In the real world, though, claims—and the codes and modifiers you submit with those claims—are your ticket to getting paid. And in many situations, one little modifier could have a big impact on your bottom line. Such is the case with modifier 59. Not sure of the rules governing proper use of this much talked-about modifier? …

  • The 8-Minute Rule: What it is and How it Works in WebPT Image

    articleJul 28, 2017 | 8 min. read

    The 8-Minute Rule: What it is and How it Works in WebPT

    With most buyer-seller transactions, calculating the cost of a product or service is fairly simple. There are no complicated formulas for determining the monetary value of a pizza or a movie ticket; you simply pay the business’s advertised price. When it comes to Medicare’s payment for rehab therapy services, however, things aren’t always so simple. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded 8-Minute Rule (a.k.a. the Rule of Eights). The Basics The 8-Minute Rule governs the process by …

  • Cashing In on Private Pay: The PT's Guide to Going Out-of-Network Image

    webinarJul 27, 2017

    Cashing In on Private Pay: The PT's Guide to Going Out-of-Network

    For many rehab therapists, submitting a claim to a third-party payer feels a lot like pulling the lever on a slot machine. You never know for sure what you’re gonna get—and most of the time, it’s less than you’d hoped for. With seemingly ever-increasing regulations—and constantly shrinking reimbursements—it’s no wonder so many PTs, OTs, and SLPs feel like the financial odds are stacked against them.

    As a result, more and more rehab therapy providers are trying …

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

    articleJul 24, 2017 | 6 min. read

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

    Collecting coinsurance, copays, and deductibles upfront 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 …

  • Medicare Part B Documentation Requirements for Physical and Occupational Therapy Image

    articleJul 24, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Medicare Part B Documentation Requirements for Physical and Occupational Therapy

    How familiar are you with the Medicare guidelines for physical therapy documentation? What about for occupational therapy documentation? If you’re a PT or OT and your answer is anything other than 100%, you’ve come to the right place, because failing to adhere to these standards could mean problems—both in the form of denied reimbursements and potential audits . If you’re looking for Medicare Part A therapy documentation requirements, click here ; for CMS documentation guidelines for speech-language …

  • Physical Therapy Billing for Beginners, Part 1 Image

    articleJul 16, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Physical Therapy Billing for Beginners, Part 1

    Of course, you got into physical therapy to help people—not to rake in the dough. But in order to do the former well, you’ve also got to know how to make a profit—and that requires billing for your services. If you’re new to physical therapy, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospect, so here are a few things to remember about billing for physical therapy services—the basics, if you will. (Keep in mind that …

  • Oversight Overview: The Rules of Supervision for Rehab Therapy Techs, Assistants, and Students Image

    articleJul 14, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Oversight Overview: The Rules of Supervision for Rehab Therapy Techs, Assistants, and Students

    Therapist assistants (PTAs, OTAs, and SLPAs) and techs—as well as therapy students—can be a big help to therapy practices. But, per state and Medicare law, not all titles are created—or treated—equally . Read on to learn how you can incorporate the services of assistants, technicians, and students into your practice—and still get paid. Therapist Assistants According to the APTA , under Medicare, therapist assistants can provide therapy services in an outpatient private practice setting—as long as those …

  • Data and Lobstah: What You Missed at APTA NEXT 2017 Image

    articleJun 27, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Data and Lobstah: What You Missed at APTA NEXT 2017

    Last week, Boston was brimming with more than hot lobstah—er, lobster—rich history, and die-hard sports fans. That’s because thousands of forward-thinking physical therapists joined together to learn, network, and discuss the future of the industry at APTA NEXT . Now, if you didn’t have a chance to attend this wicked-sweet, innovation-focused, four-day event, don’t worry. I had the opportunity to sit in on sessions, try a lobster roll for the first time, and boil down (no pun …

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