• The True Cost of a Denied Claim in Your PT Practice Image

    articleJun 15, 2018 | 5 min. read

    The True Cost of a Denied Claim in Your PT Practice

    Claim denials are the worst. Not only does remedying them require additional time and resources, but they also delay cash flow—a situation that can be difficult for practices to navigate. While you may be tempted to overlook one or two denials, these pesky problems add up quickly—and even a couple can point to a much larger issue. And that issue that could cost your clinic a lot of money. Here’s what you need to know about the …

  • Is Your Practice Financially Healthy? [Quiz] Image

    articleMay 31, 2018 | 1 min. read

    Is Your Practice Financially Healthy? [Quiz]

    Regular health check-ups are crazy-important. After all, even if you’re only experiencing mild symptoms—like a little cough, stuffy nose, or simple sprained ankle—it’s better to know you’ve got a clean bill of health than to just assume it. And if there is an underlying issue, it’s better to catch it sooner rather than later. Similarly, it’s important to regularly assess your practice’s health—specifically, its financial health. Even if things seem hunky-dory on the surface, there could be …

  • 6 Surefire Signs Medicare Will Audit Your PT Practice (and How to Fix 'Em) Image

    articleNov 30, 2017 | 7 min. read

    6 Surefire Signs Medicare Will Audit Your PT Practice (and How to Fix 'Em)

    Camping season may be over, but I’m in the mood to tell a scary campfire story. So, here goes: It’s an average work day. Your last patient just left, and you’ve got a little downtime between appointments to grab a cup of coffee and catch up on documentation. As you sit down at your desk, you notice a stack of envelopes. “The mail must’ve come early today,” you think to yourself. As you thumb through the advertisements …

  • Cut the Cap: The Case for Eliminating Limits on Rehab Therapy Services Image

    articleOct 10, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Cut the Cap: The Case for Eliminating Limits on Rehab Therapy Services

    Let’s take a little trip to the past: the year was 1997. “Titanic” was smashing box office records as moviegoers flocked to theaters for their third or fourth viewing; “Wannabe” by Spice Girls was hitting the airwaves on every Top 40 station; and large-scale healthcare reform was barely stepping into the legislative limelight. To hamper exorbitant healthcare spending, the Clinton administration signed the Balanced Budget Act into law and thus, introduced the Medicare therapy cap . Fast …

  • Maintenance, Medicare, and Medical Necessity: Unpacking the Jimmo Update Image

    articleOct 5, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Maintenance, Medicare, and Medical Necessity: Unpacking the Jimmo Update

    Hey, have you heard the good news? CMS has completed all required action items laid out in the Jimmo v. Sebelius settlement. If you’re scratching your head and wondering why that matters, here’s the rundown: a few years ago, a group of Medicare providers alleged that CMS contractors made determinations on claims for skilled care based on an inappropriate “Improvement Standard.” These providers took CMS to court, and the court determined that CMS needed to clarify and …

  • Top 5 Benefits of an Integrated EMR and Billing System Image

    articleSep 1, 2017 | 3 min. read

    Top 5 Benefits of an Integrated EMR and Billing System

    Traditionally, PT billing and documentation have been separate processes—each with its own set of frustrations. However, WebPT’s billing software, Therabill , provides therapists with a better, more streamlined workflow—and because this billing software is connected to a top-notch EMR, users are able to run their clinics more efficiently, and thus, focus more on patient care. Here at WebPT, we’re determined to simplify clinical and financial processes for PTs—and providing an integrated billing solution is an important piece …

  • The 8-Minute Rule: What it is and How it Works in WebPT Image

    articleJul 28, 2017 | 8 min. read

    The 8-Minute Rule: What it is and How it Works in WebPT

    With most buyer-seller transactions, calculating the cost of a product or service is fairly simple. There are no complicated formulas for determining the monetary value of a pizza or a movie ticket; you simply pay the business’s advertised price. When it comes to Medicare’s payment for rehab therapy services, however, things aren’t always so simple. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded 8-Minute Rule (a.k.a. the Rule of Eights). The Basics The 8-Minute Rule governs the process by …

  • Physical Therapy Billing for Beginners, Part 1 Image

    articleJul 16, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Physical Therapy Billing for Beginners, Part 1

    Of course, you got into physical therapy to help people—not to rake in the dough. But in order to do the former well, you’ve also got to know how to make a profit—and that requires billing for your services. If you’re new to physical therapy, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospect, so here are a few things to remember about billing for physical therapy services—the basics, if you will. (Keep in mind that …

  • Oversight Overview: The Rules of Supervision for Rehab Therapy Techs, Assistants, and Students Image

    articleJul 14, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Oversight Overview: The Rules of Supervision for Rehab Therapy Techs, Assistants, and Students

    Therapist assistants (PTAs, OTAs, and SLPAs) and techs—as well as therapy students—can be a big help to therapy practices. But, per state and Medicare law, not all titles are created—or treated—equally . Read on to learn how you can incorporate the services of assistants, technicians, and students into your practice—and still get paid. Therapist Assistants According to the APTA , under Medicare, therapist assistants can provide therapy services in an outpatient private practice setting—as long as those …

  • How to Bill for PT Assistants Providing Physical Therapy Services Image

    articleJul 12, 2017 | 5 min. read

    How to Bill for PT Assistants Providing Physical Therapy Services

    This post comes from PT Compliance Group compliance officer Tom Ambury, PT, and WebPT President Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L. We get a lot of questions when it comes to billing for private practice PT services. One of the most common has to do with billing for licensed PTAs—especially when Medicare and state practice acts have different requirements when it comes to supervision . Our advice? Adhere to the most stringent requirement, which usually comes from Medicare. …

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