• 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 …

  • 4 Reasons PTs Can’t Afford to Ignore Coding Reform (PTCPS Special Report, Part 3) Image

    articleFeb 15, 2016 | 6 min. read

    4 Reasons PTs Can’t Afford to Ignore Coding Reform (PTCPS Special Report, Part 3)

    For most PTs, coding for service charges is kind of an afterthought—something they do at the end of the day, after they’ve finished up all of their paperwork. It’s a task that—while not the most exciting endeavor—is fairly straightforward: find the CPT code that matches the service provided, calculate the correct number of units, record everything appropriately, and move on to bigger and better things (i.e., treating and healing patients). But, in less than a year, that …

  • 7 Shades of Coding Controversy (PTCPS Special Report, Part 2)  Image

    articleFeb 11, 2016 | 16 min. read

    7 Shades of Coding Controversy (PTCPS Special Report, Part 2)

    In the first post of this three-part series, I provided an in-depth look at the history and philosophy behind the APTA’s proposed Physical Therapy Classification and Payment System (PTCPS). If adopted—and as of now, that looks pretty likely—this CPT coding overhaul would completely change the way physical therapists code for the services they provide. The kicker? PTs could be required to begin using the new codes—some of them, anyway—as early as January 1, 2017, with full implementation …

  • The Complete History of the New PT Payment System (PTCPS Special Report, Part 1) Image

    articleFeb 9, 2016 | 14 min. read

    The Complete History of the New PT Payment System (PTCPS Special Report, Part 1)

    If you’re a PT, then the numbers 97001, 97110, 97140, and 97530 probably are as deeply ingrained in your memory as the average person’s street address, phone number, or birthday. Well, what if I told you that in less than two years’ time, those numbers—and the CPT codes they represent—actually could become nothing more than a memory? If that sounds like crazy talk to you, then allow me to introduce you to the APTA’s proposed Physical Therapy …

  • 6 Biggest Takeaways from PPS 2015 Image

    articleNov 16, 2015 | 10 min. read

    6 Biggest Takeaways from PPS 2015

    Last week, I joined hundreds of amazing physical therapy professionals, students, and vendors (including yours truly, WebPT) at this year's PPS Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Despite the uncomfortable combination of tropical heat and humidity outside—and near-freezing conference rooms inside—everyone was in high spirits. Though I never made it to Disney World, I still felt like I was in the most magical place on Earth, thanks to the inspiring and informative presentations I saw and the thought-provoking …

  • Do You Dry Needle? Image

    articleSep 29, 2015 | 2 min. read

    Do You Dry Needle?

    According to the APTA , many providers consider dry needling “a safe, easy-to-learn, minimally discomforting, and often-effective technique for patients with certain presentations.” Yet, it remains a controversial practice. Much of the concern lies in the fact that this modality involves piercing the skin; many acupuncturists would argue that PTs don’t have the expertise to perform this type of manual therapy. However, many physical therapists argue that even though the needles they use for dry needling are …

  • This Week in PT News, June 26 Image

    articleJun 26, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 26

    Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act Passes Senate Committee The US Senate Finance Committee has approved the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act (S. 313), a piece of legislation proposing extended "locum tenens" provisions for physical therapists in rural and underserved areas. According to  this PT in Motion article , the bill would “allow a PT to bring in another licensed physical therapist to treat Medicare patients and bill Medicare through the practice provider number during temporary …

  • The tDPT Dilemma: Is a Post-Professional Doctoral Degree Worth the Work?   Image

    articleJun 8, 2015 | 6 min. read

    The tDPT Dilemma: Is a Post-Professional Doctoral Degree Worth the Work?

    The metamorphosis of physical therapy education in America has happened fast—almost caterpillar-to-butterfly fast, it seems. Not so long ago, you could enter the PT market with nothing more than a bachelor’s degree. Then, as the push for graduate-level PT programs picked up steam, more and more physical therapy students started pursuing master’s degrees. And by the time the APTA released its Vision 2020 statement, entry-level PT doctoral programs were already starting to pop up—and so began the …

  • Taking Charge: The Proposed PT Payment Remodel Image

    articleMay 18, 2015 | 2 min. read

    Taking Charge: The Proposed PT Payment Remodel

    Value-based. Quality-driven. Pay-for-performance . These are some of the buzzwords you’ve probably heard being bandied about in the healthcare payment world. And all that buzz is only going to get louder with time, because no matter how you choose to describe it, the movement toward better care at a lower cost is picking up major steam. As we already covered in a previous blog post , that movement has manifested in the formation of several different alternative …

  • Final Thoughts from CSM: Outcomes, Payment Reform, and—Purple Cows? Image

    articleFeb 9, 2015 | 19 min. read

    Final Thoughts from CSM: Outcomes, Payment Reform, and—Purple Cows?

    By Saturday morning, attendees of the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) were moving with a little less pep in their step—and a couple extra shots of espresso in their morning coffee. Still, the educational sessions on the final day of CSM were chock full of eager learners looking to eat up a few more morsels of wisdom before catching their planes home from Indy. Here are some highlights from day three’s informational smorgasbord (check out recaps from …

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