• Functional Limitation Reporting Refresher Image

    articleDec 12, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Functional Limitation Reporting Refresher

    The rehab therapy industry is abuzz with PQRS talk right now. In case you missed it: PQRS as it exists today is dunzo . In 2017, it’ll be replaced with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System , or MIPS. Unfortunately, though—and yes, it is unfortunate —PTs, OTs, and SLPs are not required to complete MIPS reporting until 2019. (And the jury is still out as to whether they’ll be able to voluntarily participate before then.) All outpatient rehab …

  • FOP Hacks: How to Maximize Your Use of the WebPT Scheduler Image

    articleDec 8, 2016 | 5 min. read

    FOP Hacks: How to Maximize Your Use of the WebPT Scheduler

    WebPT’s intuitive EMR can help you cover all your clinical and logistical bases. But, to get the most bang for your buck, you and your staff should be using the application to its full potential. On that note, even the experts among us could benefit from a brief reminder course in Front Office 101 to get their practices running a little smoother. With that, here are five hacks to make your life a little easier when using …

  • 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 …

  • The Ins and Outs of the So-Called Pseudo-Codes Image

    articleNov 29, 2016 | 6 min. read

    The Ins and Outs of the So-Called Pseudo-Codes

    At some point or another, almost every rehab therapist has commiserated with a colleague over the billing process. We know; it’s one of your least-favorite parts of the job. But, while it’s certainly less fulfilling than providing patient treatment, accurately reporting CPT codes is imperative to your ability to get paid. In other words, flubbing up on your billing duties can cost your clinic big bucks—and no one wants to leave cold-hard cash sitting on the table …

  • 4 MIPS and MACRA Must-Knows for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleNov 17, 2016 | 7 min. read

    4 MIPS and MACRA Must-Knows for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    The holiday season is right around the corner, and while this time of year is always ripe for celebration—and rightfully so—the elimination of PQRS doesn’t mean you should bust out the confetti and noisemakers just yet. Wait, therapists no longer have to report PQRS data to Medicare—and that’s a bad thing? While that stand-alone decision may give you all the holiday feels , it should also give you pause: the truth is that because rehab therapists are …

  • 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 …

  • Undoing Denials: Managing Claim Rejections and Appeals in PT Billing Image

    articleOct 20, 2016 | 7 min. read

    Undoing Denials: Managing Claim Rejections and Appeals in PT Billing

    When the stakes aren’t high, people are more forgiving of flubs. If you have a bad hand, a missed stroke, or a poor toss, you may cry, “Mulligan!”—and get a do-over. But, what happens when the stakes are high—like when you’re billing for physical therapy services, and you suffer a denied claim? Do you get a mulligan? The short answer: yes. The long answer: I wouldn’t necessarily call appealing a denied claim a “do-over,” but the important …

  • Goodbye, Grace: CMS Ends ICD-10 Flexibility Period Image

    articleOct 5, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Goodbye, Grace: CMS Ends ICD-10 Flexibility Period

    As healthcare providers say “goodbye” to the month of September, they’ll have to say “ hello ” to more than just cooler temps and the beginning of a new season. That’s because, as of October 1, 2016, Medicare’s ICD-10 grace period is officially over. That means if providers continue to submit unspecified codes when other, more specific codes exist, Medicare will start saying “no” to paying for those claims. Feeling a bit underprepared for this change? Here’s …

  • ICD-10 Reboot: New Codes in Effect for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleOct 3, 2016 | 6 min. read

    ICD-10 Reboot: New Codes in Effect for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    On June 24, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the new 2017 ICD-10-CM codes that went into effect on October 1, 2016. According to Laurie Johnson, MS, RHIA, CPC-H, FAHIMA—the director of health information management (HIM) consulting services for Panacea Health Solutions, Inc. and author of this ICD10 Monitor article —there are “1,974 additions, 311 deletions, and 425 revisions,” resulting in a total of 71,486 codes. Now, not all of these changes are …

  • The PT’s Guide to Software Implementation and Training Image

    downloadSep 26, 2016

    The PT’s Guide to Software Implementation and Training

    With the right processes in place, you’ll be able to have your cake and eat it, too—and by that, we mean have your perfect physical therapy software and a seamless implementation process. Yup, that even includes training. In this guide, we’ll outline four big steps—and a lot of little ones—that will help you ensure a smooth swap. Enter your email address below, and we’ll send your free guide.  

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