• How to Deal with Medicare as a Secondary Insurance Image

    articleOct 31, 2019 | 6 min. read

    How to Deal with Medicare as a Secondary Insurance

    Some things are just better together, like peanut butter and jelly or milk and cookies. And for Medicare patients with other health insurance providers, few things are better than when Medicare and their private payers work together cooperatively. However, Medicare has a lot of unique rules , which means providers should tread carefully when their patients have Medicare and a second insurance. To that end, here’s a rundown of all the things PTs, OTs, and SLPs need …

  • What to Expect When You're Expecting a New PT Image

    articleOct 25, 2019 | 7 min. read

    What to Expect When You're Expecting a New PT

    Congratulations on your practice’s new addition! Bringing on a new PT can be a lot of work, but it’s also highly rewarding. There’s a lot to consider when you make such a big decision, and if you don’t cross all your t’s and dot all your i’s, the road ahead is certain to be bumpy. So, to ensure your nest is all ready for your little bundle of joy—uh, I mean, your new therapist—be sure to take …

  • 5 Times a Medicare Patient Can't Pay Cash Image

    articleOct 24, 2019 | 6 min. read

    5 Times a Medicare Patient Can't Pay Cash

    With declining reimbursements—and ever-increasing documentation and reporting requirements—it’s no wonder so many rehab therapists are stepping out of contracts with third-party payers to pursue a cash-pay business model. And given that many Medicare patients could benefit from rehab therapy (hello, baby boomers), it would be lovely if Medicare made it easy for cash-pay providers to serve those beneficiaries . Unfortunately, though, compared to instances in which you can accept cash from a Medicare patient, there are significantly …

  • 5 Questions to Ask Every Medicare Patient Before Providing PT Services Image

    articleOct 18, 2019 | 8 min. read

    5 Questions to Ask Every Medicare Patient Before Providing PT Services

    Physical therapy billing is complicated enough. When you throw Medicare into the mix, it becomes an even bigger headache. But when you consider the fact that, as of 2015 , more than 55 million Americans receive Medicare coverage, every physical therapist is bound to contend with Medicare rules at some point. ( Even cash-based PTs! ) So, how can PTs prevent themselves from making Medicare billing blunders (aside from a world-class documentation and billing platform, of course)? …

  • The Complete Guide to Physical Therapy Billing Image

    downloadOct 3, 2019

    The Complete Guide to Physical Therapy Billing

    When you think about physical therapy billing, what words come to mind? If you’re like most people, it’s probably not “simple” or “stress free.” The fact is, PT billing is less like a stroll in the park and more like a journey through a labyrinth. It’s confusing, and the rules are ever-changing. But, if you want your practice to be successful, it’s also very, very necessary. That’s why we decided to create this comprehensive PT billing guide. …

  • The Startup Clinic's Guide to Private Practice PT Billing Image

    articleOct 3, 2019 | 11 min. read

    The Startup Clinic's Guide to Private Practice PT Billing

    Is your relationship with billing complicated at best? I get it. Figuring out how to bill insurance companies for private practice physical therapy can seem daunting, especially in light of ever-changing regulations. But unless you own a strictly cash-pay clinic , you can’t practice—or get paid—without it. I’m not asking you to love billing, but to help your startup clinic succeed, you need to understand it. Here’s how to get started: Get credentialed. If you haven’t already …

  • Timely Filing Cheat Sheet for PTs Image

    downloadSep 26, 2019

    Timely Filing Cheat Sheet for PTs

    Have you ever wondered how long you have to submit a claim before a payer will deny it out of hand? You’re not alone! Timely filing deadlines are non-standardized and totally hard to keep track of—which is why we created this printable PDF timely filing cheat sheet. It includes the timely filing deadlines for some of the largest payers and 33 different Blue Cross Blue Shield regional offshoots. Simply enter your email address below to get your …

  • The Dish on Patient Discounts: Can You Charge Different Rates for the Same Service? Image

    articleSep 11, 2019 | 7 min. read

    The Dish on Patient Discounts: Can You Charge Different Rates for the Same Service?

    Let’s start with the bad news. (Spoiler alert!) Patient discounts aren’t anywhere near as straightforward as we’d all like them to be. Getting a hard-and-fast rule from every commercial payer and state government—or even from CMS —can be harder than keeping up with the gossip in a highschool cafeteria. So, naturally, the discounting situation is less “he said, she said” and more “they said, they said, they said, and they said.” It’s hard to know what you …

  • FAQ: Physical Therapy Billing Live Q&A Image

    articleAug 30, 2019 | 51 min. read

    FAQ: Physical Therapy Billing Live Q&A

    Earlier this week, Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC—WebPT’s Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer—and John Wallace, WebPT’s Chief Business Development Officer of Revenue Cycle Management, paired up to answer rehab therapists’ most burning billing questions during a live Q&A-style webinar . And, boy, did we get a lot of great ones. So many, in fact, that we couldn’t possibly get to them all live, so we created this massive post-webinar post (our biggest yet) with the most commonly …

  • Compliance Quest: 7 Medicare Muck-Ups and How to Fix Them Image

    webinarAug 30, 2019

    Compliance Quest: 7 Medicare Muck-Ups and How to Fix Them

    Legends tell of a great beast who lurks in the depths of CMS’s darkest dungeon. Many adventurers have set out to conquer this mighty leviathan, only to find themselves outmatched, outnumbered, and eventually, defeated. But now, the time has come for a hero to emerge and subdue this prodigious beast once and for all. That beast is Medicare. And the hero? That’s you. With the right knowledge and skillset, you and your party (er, clinic staff) can …

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