• 5 Questions to Ask Every Medicare Patient Before Providing PT Services Image

    articleOct 18, 2019 | 8 min. read

    5 Questions to Ask Every Medicare Patient Before Providing PT Services

    Physical therapy billing is complicated enough. When you throw Medicare into the mix, it becomes an even bigger headache. But when you consider the fact that, as of 2015 , more than 55 million Americans receive Medicare coverage, every physical therapist is bound to contend with Medicare rules at some point. ( Even cash-based PTs! ) So, how can PTs prevent themselves from making Medicare billing blunders (aside from a world-class documentation and billing platform, of course)? …

  • Common Questions from Our Medicare Compliance Webinar Image

    articleOct 17, 2019 | 48 min. read

    Common Questions from Our Medicare Compliance Webinar

    During this month’s webinar, compliance experts Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, WebPT Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, and Veda Collmer, JD, OTR, WebPT’s Chief Compliance Officer, discussed strategies for contending with compliance chaos and Medicare mayhem. As they ventured forth into the Medicare labyrinth, they received many queries from fellow adventurers—er, rehab therapists—about the potential pitfalls one might experience while facing the Medicare behemoth. They received so many, in fact, that they simply could not answer them …

  • 5 Examples of When to Use the New PTA and OTA Modifiers Image

    articleOct 16, 2019 | 9 min. read

    5 Examples of When to Use the New PTA and OTA Modifiers

    It’s the season of spooks—and uncanny thrills and chills (like dancing skeletons and pumpkin people ) are hiding around every corner. But ghostly wails, gnarled trees, and creaky houses aren’t the only eerie sentinels of the season. CMS shared its own spooky surprise with the rehab therapy industry this year by moving forward with the PTA and OTA modifiers and reimbursement reductions. It may not be the spookiest thing to pop up around Halloween time (I personally …

  • How to Deal with a Patient Data Breach (and Avoid One in the First Place) Image

    articleOct 15, 2019 | 7 min. read

    How to Deal with a Patient Data Breach (and Avoid One in the First Place)

    With electronic storage of protected health information (“PHI”) becoming more common, healthcare providers are rightly concerned about ensuring their data and security systems are not breached, and developing an established course of action in the event that their systems are breached.  The most important security precaution that a provider can have in place is a stable system for breach prevention. Otherwise, navigating the field to ensure there are no breaches can be difficult.  Do not place your …

  • The PT's Guide to Direct Access Law in All 50 States Image

    downloadOct 14, 2019

    The PT's Guide to Direct Access Law in All 50 States

    Hey PTs, you live in a direct access state. That’s right: as of 2015, all 50 states are direct access states. That means patients across the entire US have the power to choose which physical therapist they want to see—and they can do so without obtaining a physician referral beforehand. But, there’s one caveat: each state has its own unique set of direct access laws, which are frequently adjusted and updated—and they’re usually encrypted in all kinds …

  • Physical Therapist CEU Requirements by State Image

    downloadOct 13, 2019

    Physical Therapist CEU Requirements by State

    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 …

  • Billing Software or RCM Service? Image

    downloadOct 12, 2019

    Billing Software or RCM Service?

    Which billing solution is right for your practice: billing software, RCM service, or a hybrid of the two? Rehab therapists have several options for handling their billing processes—but knowing which one is best for their practice isn’t always easy. That’s why we created this handy flowchart, which can help point PTs, OTs, and SLPs to the billing solution that’s right for them and their practices. Enter your email address below to receive a free copy of our …

  • Medicare Part A vs. Part B: What PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know Image

    articleOct 11, 2019 | 10 min. read

    Medicare Part A vs. Part B: What PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know

    Whether you’re just starting out as a Medicare provider—or you’re making the switch from inpatient to outpatient—there’s a lot to keep straight when it comes to the complicated rules, regulations, and policies that govern Original Medicare (which consists of both Part A and Part B). But if you want to receive reimbursement for your services, you’ve got to know how to navigate the murky Medicare waters.  Basic Differences Between Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B As …

  • Protecting Patient Data: Lessons Learned from the Anthem and Equifax Data Breach Settlements Image

    articleOct 10, 2019 | 6 min. read

    Protecting Patient Data: Lessons Learned from the Anthem and Equifax Data Breach Settlements

    Before 2015, data breaches were mostly confined to retail businesses. However, as more patient information becomes digitized, big data breaches are becoming more common in health care. And hackers don’t discriminate; they target organizations of all types and sizes, ranging from big hospitals to small private practices. So, is there anything a small-to-medium-sized physical therapy practice can do to reduce the risk of a data breach? Performing a HIPAA risk assessment is an excellent first step.  No …

  • Motivation Restoration: How to Effectively Engage Employees in Your PT Clinic Image

    articleOct 8, 2019 | 8 min. read

    Motivation Restoration: How to Effectively Engage Employees in Your PT Clinic

    What if I told you that no single policy or engagement plan would be enough to motivate all of your employees —no matter how good it is? I hope you’re comfortable with your answer to that question, because that’s exactly what I’m telling you. There is no one-size-fits-all master plan that will satisfy the needs of every single one of your employees (unless, of course, you have only one employee or you employ a handful of clones). …

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