On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus a major pandemic. In an unprecedented turn of events, people across the globe are now struggling to not only protect themselves and their families, but also keep their businesses afloat and care for their communities.
In the wake of social distancing orders, shelter in place decrees, and, in some cases, mandated business closures, many rehab therapy providers are turning to telehealth and other remote care options to help support patient care continuity—and keep their practices afloat. But while Medicare—along with some commercial insurance carriers—have introduced new options to help make that a reality, navigating the world of telehealth and e-visits can be overwhelming for PTs, OTs, and SLPs.
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As our nation unites to fight the spread of COVID-19, many rehab therapy practices have reduced or eliminated in-person treatment sessions. Unfortunately, PTs, OTs, and SLPs aren’t universally authorized to provide telehealth services. Well, there’s never been a better time to change that—starting with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Rehab therapists have been included in the MIPS program for more than a year now—which means you’ve endured a full year of trying to learn about (and navigate!) the twists and turns of MIPS. While simply understanding MIPS is hard enough, therapists have also been tasked with separating fact from fiction, as some vendors continue to use the cloud of MIPS-related confusion and unease to sell their MIPS-specific products.
For physical therapists, dwindling reimbursements are a fact of life. If that wasn’t stressful enough, PTs are also facing a market that’s growing more competitive every day. So, what’s a PT practice to do? Simple: It’s time to hop aboard the health and wellness services train. But taking a running jump into the world of diverse revenue streams is often easier said than done. A lot can go awry if you don’t look before you leap—from spending too much money on equipment you rarely use to rendering services for which your staff can’t legally accept payment. Fortunately, WebPT is here to help.
CEU requirements for physical therapists are anything but standardized (or simple). Some states require more credits than others—and some require them more frequently than others. Nevertheless, continuing education is incredibly important, not only to ensure compliance with your state’s law, but also to improve your own ability as a physical therapist. With that in mind, we’ve collected everything you need to know about the CEU requirements in all 50 states (plus Washington, DC) and organized it into