• Farewell, 97001: How to Use the New PT and OT Evaluation Codes Image

    articleOct 12, 2016 | 8 min. read

    Farewell, 97001: How to Use the New PT and OT Evaluation Codes

    Hear ye, hear ye: We hereby declare that as of January 1, 2017, all PTs and OTs must begin using a new set of CPT codes to bill for therapy evaluations and re-evaluations. Actually, if we are being perfectly accurate, we’re not declaring anything; CMS and the AMA are—and we’re merely the messengers. You might find it hard to believe, but with this CPT coding update, the evaluation and re-evaluation codes that PTs and OTs have come …

  • Happy National PT Month! Image

    articleOct 6, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Happy National PT Month!

    Fall has arrived, and you’re no doubt enjoying a drop in temperatures, marveling at the colorful leaves falling from the trees, and finally savoring that long-awaited pumpkin spice latte. (If not, get out of the office and #TreatYourself .) But beyond the fall-themed changes in the air, there's yet another reason to celebrate the calendar flipping to October, as this month marks the annual celebration of National Physical Therapy Month ! Each year brings with it a …

  • Founder Letter: Is the World Ready to #ChoosePT? Image

    articleOct 4, 2016 | 9 min. read

    Founder Letter: Is the World Ready to #ChoosePT?

    Fall is officially here—and all across the country, people are enjoying cozy sweaters, crisp mornings, and pumpkin spice lattes. For those of us in the physical therapy space, fall brings another exciting seasonal ritual: National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) . Each October, the PT community—led by the APTA—unites around a specific theme as we celebrate and promote our profession. In an effort to bring even more attention to its #ChoosePT campaign, the APTA has decided to make …

  • Billing for Dry Needling Image

    articleAug 8, 2016 | 6 min. read

    Billing for Dry Needling

    It’s safe to say that trigger point dry needling has been getting under our skin (pun very much intended). That’s because we get a lot of questions about billing for dry needling—specifically, about whether physical therapists are actually allowed to bill for the practice—and there isn’t an easy answer. In fact, there isn’t an answer at all. Here’s why: The Scope-of-Practice Problem Dry needling has taken some heat. Back in 2009, the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual …

  • CPT Update: Why the Valuation of the New PT and OT Eval Codes is Problematic Image

    articleJul 19, 2016 | 9 min. read

    CPT Update: Why the Valuation of the New PT and OT Eval Codes is Problematic

    The purpose of any type of reform is to drive change. And that’s certainly true when it comes to healthcare—and healthcare payment—reform. But, change often comes slowly—and in the wake of Medicare’s recently issued proposed physician fee schedule for 2017 , I have to wonder whether it’ll come too slowly for physical and occupational therapists. That’s because, while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) voiced its support for replacing the existing CPT codes for physical …

  • Get Over Opioids: Join the #ChoosePT Movement Image

    articleJun 27, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Get Over Opioids: Join the #ChoosePT Movement

    Patients are supposed to trust their doctors. So, when your doctor writes you a prescription, you usually don’t question it; you fill it, take it, and hope that it will make you better. But, what happens when a prescription turns into an addiction? Unfortunately, millions of Americans have learned the answer to that question the hard way. The Painkiller Problem As the APTA explains in a recent position paper titled, “Opioid Abuse and the Role of Physical …

  • Recap: What’s NEXT for Physical Therapy Image

    articleJun 15, 2016 | 6 min. read

    Recap: What’s NEXT for Physical Therapy

    Country music stars took over Nashville last week for the CMT Music Awards, but the only celebrities I was looking out for were at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. From Ben Fung and Sharon Dunn to John Childs and Fred Gilbert, the PT industry’s biggest stars gathered in Music City for APTA NEXT, a four-day conference focused on physical therapy education and innovation. If you didn’t have the chance to attend, here’s a look at what’s in store …

  • Odd Provider Out: Why PT Exclusion from MIPS is Bad for Future Payments Image

    articleMay 4, 2016 | 6 min. read

    Odd Provider Out: Why PT Exclusion from MIPS is Bad for Future Payments

    It’s official: rehab therapists are just a sashay away from exiting the PQRS dance floor. That’s because last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed final rule that, if adopted, will put into effect the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). And that, in turn, will give the green light to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) , a brand spankin’-new quality data reporting program that consolidates PQRS , …

  • The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model: What is It, and What Does It Mean for Your Practice? Image

    articleApr 25, 2016 | 6 min. read

    The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model: What is It, and What Does It Mean for Your Practice?

    The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model is a new payment model that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is rolling out as part of its aim to have 50% of all Medicare fee-for-service payments come from alternative payment models by 2018. The CJR will support better care for patients who are undergoing elective hip and knee replacement surgeries—the two most common inpatient surgeries for Medicare beneficiaries. CMS believes that “effective implementation of the …

  • Top 3 Takeaways from CSM 2016 Image

    articleFeb 24, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Top 3 Takeaways from CSM 2016

    With record attendance—more than 11,000 rehab therapy professionals from all over the US—CSM 2016 in Anaheim, California, was abuzz with energy and enthusiasm. When I wasn’t running around in search of folks wearing “I heart PT” buttons so I could give them prizes (did you catch us on Gene Shirokobrod’s Periscope?), I was busy attending sessions in the Private Practice track. I made it to eight fantastic presentations—and wished I could have seen more. If you were …

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