• Founder Letter: ICD-What? Image

    articleSep 3, 2015

    Founder Letter: ICD-What?

    By now, it’s obvious that the entire US healthcare system is going to face a huge change come October 1: the transition to ICD-10 . This new—well, new to us—way of coding has been on the discussion table for decades , and for the last several years, its implementation has been the topic of much anticipation as well as a fair amount of resistance. So, if you find yourself in the dark—completely unaware that ICD-10 is happening—then …

  • ICD-10 Crash Course: Last-Minute Training for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    webinarSep 2, 2015

    ICD-10 Crash Course: Last-Minute Training for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    It’s officially here: the last month before all HIPAA-eligible professionals must switch to the ICD-10 code set. As the regret of procrastination washes over many of those professionals, they’re scrambling to ready themselves and their practices for the big switch. If you, like so many other rehab therapists, find yourself asking, “ICD-what?” then you’re in dire need of straightforward training—stat! Otherwise, you could leave your practice vulnerable to claim denials after October 1. Join us at 9:00 …

  • The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ Image

    articleSep 1, 2015

    The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ

    Yesterday, we hosted the largest webinar in WebPT history. Thousands of rehab therapy professionals attended the live session, which focused on ICD-10 coding examples . As expected, we received a lot of questions. Below is a collection of the webinar’s most frequently asked questions. The Seventh Character Craze What is the seventh character? The seventh character didn’t exist in ICD-9, so it’s caused a great deal of confusion. Essentially, it’s a mechanism for applying greater specificity to …

  • Don’t Let ICD-10 and Direct Access Bug You Image

    articleAug 13, 2015

    Don’t Let ICD-10 and Direct Access Bug You

    Obviously, there’s been quite a buzz surrounding ICD-10; and providers throughout the country are making a tremendous effort to figure out exactly how the transition is going to affect us all . And just like a winged—and busy—bug that won’t stop whizzing past your ear, the noise isn’t likely to die down anytime soon. And that’s for good reason: the ICD-10 transition is a big one, and there are many factors rehab therapists have to consider when …

  • Founder Letter: Is the ICD-10 Period of Flexibility Your Saving Grace? Image

    articleAug 6, 2015

    Founder Letter: Is the ICD-10 Period of Flexibility Your Saving Grace?

    Transitions aren’t always easy. And as the mother of a young daughter, I’m more than familiar with the frustration and tantrums that can come as a result of change. But as professionals in the healthcare industry, we don’t have time for tears or frowny faces—especially when it comes to  ICD-10 . With under two months to go before the big transition, there’s no room for meltdowns; we need to put our heads down and take on the …

  • Pro-Bono Work: The Good, The Bad, and The Billing Image

    articleJul 20, 2015

    Pro-Bono Work: The Good, The Bad, and The Billing

    We’re all taught at a young age that it’s better to give than to receive. This saying helps children develop perspective, and even as adults, few people would argue against the moral truth of this simple axiom. In fact, I’m betting this statement really speaks to the empathetic nature of rehab therapists. Unfortunately, though, when you’re running a business (for the purposes of this blog, I’m referring to a private practice outpatient therapy clinic), you really need …

  • The Physical Therapist’s Crunch-Time Guide to ICD-10 Image

    downloadJun 24, 2015

    The Physical Therapist’s Crunch-Time Guide to ICD-10

    ICD-10 goes into effect on October 1, 2015, and if your practice is unprepared, you could suffer reduced payments—or worse, flat-out denials. Make sure that doesn’t happen. Get prepared with the Physical Therapist’s Crunch-Time Guide to ICD-10. Enter your email address below to download it.

  • New and Improved: Details on Sustainable Growth Rate Formula Replacement Image

    articleJun 1, 2015

    New and Improved: Details on Sustainable Growth Rate Formula Replacement

    Ding-dong—the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is dead . As of April 16, 2015—after 17 temporary patches—the wizards in Washington have permanently repealed the flawed SGR formula that threatened to significantly cut Medicare payments. Now, when payments exceed the growth in per-capita gross domestic product, PTs will no longer face reduced payments. Instead, they can look forward to a bit more stability, simplicity, and cash flow for the next decade. The new payment determination process begins with …

  • Why PTs Should Approach ACOs with Caution Image

    articleMay 28, 2015

    Why PTs Should Approach ACOs with Caution

    While many ACOs are enjoying success , that hasn’t been the case for everyone—especially when it comes to CMS-sponsored programs. As of September 2014, only 19 of the original 32 organizations that joined the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program were still involved. Despite the program’s total savings of more than $384 million over two years, the economic model didn’t work for all participants. Some of the Pioneer organizations weren’t able to make large enough improvements in …

  • 3 Newsworthy Notes about the HITECH Act in 2015 Image

    articleMay 27, 2015

    3 Newsworthy Notes about the HITECH Act in 2015

    The HITECH Act ignited a fervor in the healthcare industry in the early 2010s. Part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (a.k.a. the HITECH Act) incentivizes the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) systems—and penalizes those who fail to do either. According to CMS , eligible providers could receive incentives up to $44, 000 through Medicare and up to $63, …

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