• Medicare Patient Advocacy Letters Image

    downloadNov 12, 2019

    Medicare Patient Advocacy Letters

    Per the 2020 CMS final rule, rehab therapists will see an across-the-board 8% reduction to payments in 2021—and that's on top of the 15% reduction to payments for PTA and OTA services in 2022. Advocacy efforts to persuade CMS to reverse this decision are in full swing, and who better to advocate for better Medicare therapy benefits than patients themselves? To make it as easy as possible for therapists to mobilize their patients to support this important …

  • The 2020 Final Rule: Health Care’s Just Desserts Image

    articleNov 7, 2019 | 9 min. read

    The 2020 Final Rule: Health Care’s Just Desserts

    Okay, so the title of this article might be a little misleading; the final rule isn’t health care’s just desserts. It’s actually really great that CMS is always trying to improve one of our country’s most important safety nets—even though its methods of doing so are divisive , to say the least. That said, CMS doesn’t exactly make it easy to follow the rules (and I also really wanted to come up with some dessert puns), so …

  • Founder Letter: Is the 8% Payment Cut the Wake-Up Call Rehab Therapists Need? Image

    articleNov 6, 2019 | 13 min. read

    Founder Letter: Is the 8% Payment Cut the Wake-Up Call Rehab Therapists Need?

    Last week, CMS issued its annual final rule, which finalized the proposed 8% cut to outpatient Medicare payments for physical therapy and occupational therapy services. It’s officially official: not only will clinics have to contend with the therapy assistant reimbursement reductions in 2022, but they’ll also have to absorb an 8% across-the-board hit to their Medicare revenue starting in January 2021. It’s a pretty heavy blow to the industry, and I feel like I can see everyone …

  • 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 …

  • How to Select the Right CEU Credits Image

    articleOct 7, 2019 | 6 min. read

    How to Select the Right CEU Credits

    For practicing PTs, physical therapy continuing education courses (CEUs) are a fact of life. After all, most states require PTs to complete a certain number of CEUs each year in order to retain a license to practice. But just because these courses are mandatory doesn’t mean they also have to be a drag. Good physical therapy CEUs can be both educational and interesting; they also can be really great for your career and your clinic. But the …

  • Here's Celebratin' You, PTs!  Image

    articleOct 1, 2019 | 5 min. read

    Here's Celebratin' You, PTs!

    October is, without question, my favorite month of the year. The leaves change colors, the mornings have a little bite to them, and all my favorite pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple-flavored treats make a killer comeback. And I’m not the only fall fanatic ’round WebPT HQ—because October rings in one of our favorite annual events: National Physical Therapy Month ! It’s the perfect time to take a beat and celebrate the wonderful PTs inside and outside of the …

  • Why Every PT Needs a Physician Bestie Image

    articleJan 28, 2019 | 6 min. read

    Why Every PT Needs a Physician Bestie

    Physical therapists fought long and hard to earn the professional autonomy that they have today. And yet, it’s still not complete, full autonomy; unrestricted direct access isn’t universal , and PTs have to obtain physician recertification of Medicare POCs every 30 days. It sometimes seems like a frustrating Mean Girls type of situation, where physicians are like the cliquey, cool kids, and you (the PTs) are forced to constantly compete for their attention and respect. So, maybe …

  • The Secret to Documenting for Medical Necessity Image

    articleDec 27, 2018 | 8 min. read

    The Secret to Documenting for Medical Necessity

    Around the holidays, everyone seems to get excited about closing out the year with a bang— literally, in some cases . But there’s nothing wrong with closing out the year on a calm, gentle note—one without denials, for example. One of the best ways to avoid claim denials is to document defensibly, and to prove that your treatment was undeniably (haha—get it?) a medical necessity . So, what exactly is medical necessity? Don’t worry—that’s one term we’re …

  • Attend Like You Mean It: The PT’s Guide to Making the Most Out of Conferences Image

    articleDec 10, 2018 | 12 min. read

    Attend Like You Mean It: The PT’s Guide to Making the Most Out of Conferences

    APTA’s NEXT conference just wrapped up in Orlando, and in case you missed it, we recently this year's Ascend business summit. As any rehab therapist will tell you, though, these two conferences are merely the tip of the trade show iceberg. In addition to the national APTA conference, there are meetings for all the different sections and state associations—we wouldn’t dare miss PPS (seriously, PPS is one of our all-time favorite physical therapy conferences, aside from Ascend, of …

  • Everything You Need to Know About POPTS Image

    articleNov 26, 2018 | 6 min. read

    Everything You Need to Know About POPTS

    From day one of physical therapy school, we were taught to not even entertain the idea of working for a POPTS practice. I remember hearing the words, “Your license is on the line,” and feeling vaguely scared of the potential fallout from joining one of these heinous practices. But, I was so overwhelmed by the immediacy of school concerns that I didn’t take the time to consider why. I never did work for a POPTS clinic, but …

Pages

Achieve greatness in practice with the ultimate EMR for PTs, OTs, and SLPs.