• Collaboration Compliance: The Ins and Outs of Team Therapy and Group Therapy Image

    articleOct 21, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Collaboration Compliance: The Ins and Outs of Team Therapy and Group Therapy

    Understanding the nuances of team therapy and group therapy —and how to bill for each—presents some challenges; based on the ol’ English language, you’d think these analogous terms are virtually the same. But, when it comes to rehab therapy billing, these two phrases are non-interchangeable—and treating them the same could put your practice at risk of claim denials or audits. So, how do know if you’re billing the right codes for treatment scenarios involving multiple patients—or multiple …

  • Rethinking Payment: Cash-Based Clinics are on the Rise Image

    articleOct 19, 2016 | 6 min. read

    Rethinking Payment: Cash-Based Clinics are on the Rise

    Whether you’re a therapy business newbie or a seasoned pro, there’s a lot to keep straight when it comes to the rules, regulations, and policies that govern billing—to Medicare and private insurance carriers alike. That’s because, while these third-party intermediaries serve as a bridge to reimbursement, they don’t always have your best interests at heart. Shocking, right? As a result, more and more providers are shifting their payment strategy , opting to reduce their reliance on—or in …

  • Video Tutorial: Selecting the Correct Complexity Level for PT and OT Evals Image

    articleOct 13, 2016 | 1 min. read

    Video Tutorial: Selecting the Correct Complexity Level for PT and OT Evals

    The holidays will be here before we know it—and that means PTs and OTs will be required to use the new evaluation and re-evaluation CPT codes before we know it, too. And these codes bring with them the gift of complexity. But, unlike that snowman sweater from Great Aunt Sheila, therapists can't exchange these codes; so, whether they want to or not, PTs and OTs have to learn the ins and outs of coding for evaluative complexity …

  • 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 …

  • WebPT Product Updates for Expanded Customization Image

    articleSep 16, 2016 | 2 min. read

    WebPT Product Updates for Expanded Customization

    No two rehab therapy clinics operate exactly alike. That’s one of the first things I learned about this industry. Clinics may look alike on the surface, but when you dig deeper into business operation, you start to see snowflakes forming. Luckily, WebPT offers a number of customization features, and we’re adding more by the month. September’s product updates include expanded customization options for therapists, billers, and managers. Hide the billing codes you don’t need. WebPT users can …

  • The Physical Therapist's Guide to Contract Negotiation Image

    downloadSep 15, 2016

    The Physical Therapist's Guide to Contract Negotiation

    As a PT, you put your heart and soul into your work. So, it’s only fair that you get paid what you deserve. Unfortunately, payers don’t often see it that way, which means that in order to get what you want out of your private payer contracts, you’ve got to negotiate. And to do so successfully, you need to know how to play ball. Enter your email address below, and we’ll send your free guide.

  • 9 Most Common Medicare Misconceptions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    webinarSep 8, 2016

    9 Most Common Medicare Misconceptions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    To say that Medicare regulations are confusing is an understatement. But, it’s not just the barely-readable government gobbledygook that throws providers for a loop; it’s also the fact that the rules are always changing. If you treat Medicare patients, we’re willing to bet you’ve been tripped up by at least one of these common misconceptions—maybe without even knowing it. And that could leave a nasty bruise on your practice’s bottom line—especially if you ever find yourself at …

  • 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 …

  • Top 3 PT Billing Software Must-Haves Image

    articleJun 13, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Top 3 PT Billing Software Must-Haves

    When I go clothes shopping, I usually head straight to the clearance rack (I love a good bargain), but—as my husband loves to remind me—there’s a solid reason some of those items didn’t sell for full-price. Sure, sometimes the manufacturer made too many—or a particular style didn’t sell as well as planned. Most of the time, though, the discounted items are simply poor quality—and that’s why it’s crucial to be able to spot the difference between cheap …

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