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9 Things Physical Therapists Can Bill For—and 5 They Can’t

On the WebPT Blog, we receive a whole lotta questions on a wide range of topics—from documentation best practices to setting a marketing budget. But one topic that comes up time and time again is what PTs can—or cannot—bill for. (And it makes a touch of sense considering that every PT practice relies on steady cash flow.)

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What’s New with the PT Interstate Licensure Compact?

In theory, a PT patient who needs help with low back pain should receive the same care in Alaska as they do in Hawaii. After all, PTs across the country should have equivalent skills. It should follow that a licensed Alaskan PT could move to Hawaii and immediately treat patients—right?

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Founder Letter: Vote PT: Why the 2020 Election Matters to Rehab Therapists

As of this article’s publication date, we are less than one month away from the 2020 presidential election, but I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. Unless you’ve completely unplugged from all forms of media and resettled in the middle of nowhere, you’ve undoubtedly been confronted with phone calls, advertisements, and mailers reminding you when to vote—and for whom.

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4 Ways the 9% Cut Will Harm Medicare Patients

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a 9% cut to Medicare payments for rehab therapy services, the industry exploded. Therapy organizations leapt into action, firing up advocacy efforts to convince Congress to intervene.

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Breaking News: CMS Reinstates Previous Changes to NCCI Edits

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.

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CMS Threw Down the Gauntlet: Are We Ready to Fight the 9% Medicare Cut?

CMS has thrown down the gauntlet for PTs and OTs. It yet again challenged us, clear as day, to fight for our Medicare payments and prove our worth as healthcare providers. Sure, CMS isn’t looking for a literal round of fisticuffs—but its planned payment reduction will inflict harm just the same.

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CMS Offers MIPS Flexibility in Light of COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will offer flexibilities to clinicians who chose (or were mandated) to participate in MIPS during the 2020 performance year. 

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The Dos and Don’ts of Telehealth Billing Compliance

Some states—such as Louisiana and Ohio—had already authorized telehealth as a mode of service delivery for physical therapists. A few state Medicaid programs, such as Minnesota, reimbursed for OT and SLP telehealth services. Of course, Medicare did not authorize rehabilitation providers to deliver services virtually

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The 4 Biggest Telehealth Challenges for PT Clinics

Last week, CMS announced that PTs—along with OTs and SLPs—are eligible to provide telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries for the duration of this emergency, which is huge. Rehab therapists have been advocating hard for this move since well before the pandemic struck, and now that this change is on the books,

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5 Strategies to Safely Reopen Your Rehab Therapy Practice

Slowly but surely, the country is starting to open up again following weeks of state-issued orders to stay home or shelter in place. For many, one of the first changes is allowing elective surgeries and other “non-essential” medical procedures to resume—something that,

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