It appears 2020 has a few more tricks up its sleeve for physical therapists and occupational therapists. According to an announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency has decided to reinstate changes to National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edit pairs that are frequently used by rehab therapists.
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the CARES Act into law. This massive, 800-plus-page bill included a debt-relief package for small businesses—and many PT, OT, and SLP private practices jumped at the chance to obtain a grant or loan that would help them weather the COVID-19 storm.
According to one 2020 Graham Sessions attendee, the PT field is facing a pretty grim future. “We have a pretty dire landscape,” he said. “It costs more to earn less.” PTs struggle, he argued, because we know what we’re worth—but that value is totally at odds with how the market values us.
Contrary to what today’s youth would have you believe, Twitter is more than just a platform for sarcastic quips and cute animal videos. (Trust me: I’m a youth.) In fact, it’s the perfect place to keep up with industry news, check in with your favorite PT leaders and advocates, and learn about the latest and greatest treatment approaches.
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.
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 you’re anything less than 100% confident in your knowledge of the Medicare documentation rules that apply to your specialty—then you’ve come to the right place.
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!
We get it: no one actually enjoys documentation. It can be cumbersome and time-consuming—not to mention frustrating. Unfortunately, though, for a PT, OT, or SLP, defensible documentation is a necessary evil. It’s a good thing, then, that technology can help make the entire process smoother—and that there are resources available to help you ensure your documentation meets all defensibility standards.