• Founder Letter: 4 Predictions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2017 Image

    articleJan 5, 2017 | 15 min. read

    Founder Letter: 4 Predictions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2017

    Last year, I laid out a handful of predictions for 2016 —and what do you know? Most of them were spot on. In fact, much of what I covered—think interoperability, the importance of data collection, payment reform, and the push toward private practice consolidation—are all holding strong and will surely continue into 2017 (well, barring any unforeseeable curveballs to the state of health care as we know it, that is). In the meantime, though, here’s what I …

  • The State of Interoperability in Outpatient Rehab Therapy  Image

    articleJan 2, 2017 | 6 min. read

    The State of Interoperability in Outpatient Rehab Therapy

    We’ve been talking about the importance of interoperability in health care for a while now—in articles like this one , this one , and this one . And while the idea of open, seamless data exchange among healthcare systems and providers always seemed like a great thing to have, it’s quickly becoming much more of a must-have. That’s because a collaborative-care, pay-for-performance healthcare model requires that providers from all disciplines actually communicate with one another in real-time …

  • 2016 Rehab Therapy Year in Review Image

    articleDec 27, 2016 | 10 min. read

    2016 Rehab Therapy Year in Review

    While we’re about to close the books on 2016, we thought it would be nice—and educational—to look back on some of the therapy industry trends, advancements, and hot topics that made headlines throughout the year. Plus, most of these items will impact you and your practice in 2017 and beyond—so, as we look back, don’t forget to look forward. Okay, here we go! Clinical Trends What are those weird suction cups all about? If you, like many …

  • 10 Defensible Documentation Tips for PTs Image

    downloadDec 22, 2016

    10 Defensible Documentation Tips for PTs

    Therapists often view documentation as onerous. But, as you well know, that certainly doesn’t mean the practice is invaluable or meaningless. In fact, documentation tells your patients’ stories and serves as a verifiable record of patient care, thereby giving key decision-makers (i.e., payers) the right information to determine your value. More importantly, defensible documentation helps you, the rehab therapist, prove your ability to achieve patient outcomes—and get paid. Still need some tips to tell your patients’ stories …

  • Why PTs Can’t Bill for Progress Notes Image

    articleDec 1, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Why PTs Can’t Bill for Progress Notes

    Over the years, we’ve received a lot of questions on the WebPT Blog—and one of the most frequently asked ones has to do with the difference between patient progress notes and re-evaluations, specifically in relation to billing. To be perfectly clear, Medicare will not pay for a progress note. According to compliance expert Tom Ambury , “It is not appropriate to bill...when reporting ‘normal predictable progress’”—regardless of the timing or whether “a more thorough assessment is being …

  • 7 Skills to “Unlearn” After PT School Image

    articleNov 30, 2016 | 4 min. read

    7 Skills to “Unlearn” After PT School

    During PT school, we learn many “best practices” and treatment approaches. All of that learning can be overwhelming, but there are also some things we simply need to “unlearn” when we step into a clinical setting , in order to be successful. Some are habits that can cost you your sanity or health, while others will simply prevent you from helping your patients as much as you’d like. Here are just a few things to “unlearn” after …

  • Signature Move: Medicare's Certification Requirements for Therapy Plans of Care Image

    articleNov 28, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Signature Move: Medicare's Certification Requirements for Therapy Plans of Care

    Oh, CMS. If only you made your wishes clear, there’d be a lot less confusion—and fewer claim denials—in the world of health care. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case, which is why WebPT devotes a solid quarter every year to educating rehab therapists on the nuances of compliance. And we haven’t come close to running out of relevant topics yet. Today, we’re clarifying some important aspects of Medicare certification requirements for physical therapy care plans. Have questions …

  • The Devil is in the Details: How to Document Defensibly Image

    articleNov 18, 2016 | 8 min. read

    The Devil is in the Details: How to Document Defensibly

    If we polled our readers—rehab professionals like you, that is—and asked them what they love most about their jobs, we could safely bet our bank accounts that not one of our lovely PTs, OTs, or SLPs would say, “documenting defensibly.” We know; documentation is no one’s favorite. Just ask WebPTers Brian Kunich, PT, OCS, COMT, and Bradley LaFave, who surveyed their audience with that very same question during a presentation they gave at Ascend 2016 . Some …

  • MAC Madness: When and How to Contact Your Medicare Contractor Image

    articleNov 4, 2016 | 4 min. read

    MAC Madness: When and How to Contact Your Medicare Contractor

    Medicare providers have a lot of challenges to contend with—and meeting those challenges can be tough. But, you don’t always have to go it alone, because while you can’t always count on CMS to provide clear guidance on how to comply with all the regulations that apply to you, you do have other resources at your disposal when you need answers—quick. Let’s talk about one such resource: your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). Your Medicare Go-To Even if …

  • Last Legs: The Compliance Vulnerabilities of Dead or Dying Software Image

    articleOct 24, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Last Legs: The Compliance Vulnerabilities of Dead or Dying Software

    Rusty mechanical equipment. Creaky carnival rides. Wobbly chairs. People are naturally skeptical of things that are dilapidated, rundown, or slipshod—and with good reason. After all, that which is ramshackle usually isn’t reliable. Now, imagine it’s the physical therapy software you use everyday to run your rehab therapy practice that’s gone derelict. Take PTOS EMR, for example , because if you didn’t know, this therapy office software is going out of business, and it has ceased all updates …

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