• Payment Reform and Occupational Therapy: Why Learning ICD-10 is Good for OTs Image

    articleApr 28, 2016 | 7 min. read

    Payment Reform and Occupational Therapy: Why Learning ICD-10 is Good for OTs

    As Occupational Therapy Month comes to a close, it’s a good time to consider all of the pending changes in health care and how they will affect our field. Soon, healthcare providers will be reimbursed for their services in very different ways: new payment models will be driven by data demonstrating effective care, and ICD-10 codes—which serve as one method for gathering such quality data—will be scrutinized to determine what types of people are consuming health care …

  • How to Better Manage Your Staff Within WebPT Image

    articleJan 11, 2016 | 4 min. read

    How to Better Manage Your Staff Within WebPT

    Businesses are like ecosystems—and that analogy certainly applies to rehab therapy practices. There are many factors that influence how a business operates. Everything has to be in balance; otherwise, every part of your practice feels the impact—from your patients to your front office staff. So, how do you keep your ecosystem healthy? Part of it comes from having the right staff —and a solid management system—in place. But, you also need the right tools to propel your …

  • Digital Critical: Data Protection, Password Security, and Computer Safeguards Image

    articleDec 9, 2015 | 10 min. read

    Digital Critical: Data Protection, Password Security, and Computer Safeguards

    In the past five years, the way rehab therapists perceive—and use—information technology in their clinics has changed dramatically. We used to manage our files with stationary computers and back-room servers we could only access within the office. Now, our teams are mobile, and we use tablets, laptops, and phones to access the powerful cloud applications—including the WebPT EMR —that help us do our jobs. Essentially, the servers of yesteryear have migrated to the cloud.  With this new …

  • What is Defensible Documentation, and Why Does it Matter? Image

    articleNov 23, 2015 | 4 min. read

    What is Defensible Documentation, and Why Does it Matter?

    I think Julie Andrews was spot-on when she sang the following verse about physical therapists: “When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when you’re feeling sad, you simply remember your defensible documentation , and then you don’t feel so bad.” That is how it goes, right? No? Whoops. Looks like I mixed up some of the lyrics. But, even if defensible documentation isn’t one of your favorite things, that doesn’t make it trivial. In fact, it’s …

  • Let’s Take “Skilled and Reasonable” to Another Level Image

    articleNov 17, 2015 | 8 min. read

    Let’s Take “Skilled and Reasonable” to Another Level

    Many WebPT Members and Blog readers already are familiar with the importance of providing documentation that satisfies the requirements set forth by payers and regulatory agencies. But, did you know there are additional important reasons for providing excellent documentation? That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today. In the past few years, review processes for outpatient therapy documentation have become more detailed: Technical compliance is held to a more consistent standard. We’ve seen this with the …

  • PQRS 2016: Everything PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know Image

    webinarNov 4, 2015

    PQRS 2016: Everything PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know

    At this point, you’d think satisfying PQRS requirements would be child’s play, but unfortunately, Medicare changes the rules every year. Fortunately, we’ve already combed through the 2016 Final Rule for you and organized everything you need to know about PQRS into a jam-packed, super educational 60-minute webinar. Join us for this beneficial seminar, where hosts Heidi Jannenga and Charlotte Bohnett will: detail 2016 reporting requirements; describe the different reporting methods; and explain how to ensure you successfully …

  • Dawn of the ICD-10: Life in the Post-Transition World Image

    articleOct 28, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Dawn of the ICD-10: Life in the Post-Transition World

    Some of you might remember all of the hype around Y2K. Rumors and speculation were abuzz, and there were people who thought all hell was going to break loose when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2000. And then—dun, dun, dun—nothing happened. The Hyperbolic Hype The lead-up to October 1 was similar in many respects, albeit on a much smaller scale. People all over the healthcare community were freaking out about the unknown; some large practices …

  • ICD-10 Open Forum Image

    webinarOct 5, 2015

    ICD-10 Open Forum

    On October 1, the US officially said RIP to ICD-9 and brought ICD-10 to life. For some of you, the transition might’ve been all sugar and spice—a real treat. But for many others, the switch to the new code set might’ve left you feeling overwhelmed, tricked, or even a bit scared. At the very least, you might be haunted by some lingering questions. That’s where we can help. We’ve brewed a cauldron filled to the brim with …

  • The Essential Guide to Disaster-Proofing Your PT, OT, or SLP Practice Image

    articleSep 28, 2015 | 11 min. read

    The Essential Guide to Disaster-Proofing Your PT, OT, or SLP Practice

    September is Disaster Recovery Month, which makes it a perfect time to think about disaster-proofing your practice. If you’re ready to skip this blog because you don’t think a disaster will impact your practice, consider the following factors: Not all disasters are city-wide events, and a disaster of any scale could destroy your practice. These events come in all shapes and sizes, from the sprinklers going off in your clinic and destroying your equipment, to snow storms …

  • The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ: Part Deux Image

    articleSep 24, 2015 | 16 min. read

    The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ: Part Deux

    Just when we thought we’d gotten every ICD-10 question under the sun, we got, well, more questions. Like, a lot more. But, we take that as a good sign, because like a scrappy reporter trying to get to the bottom of a big story, our audience of blog readers and webinar attendees aren’t afraid to ask the tough questions—which means they’re serious about preparing themselves for the changes ahead. And we’re equally serious about providing them with …

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