• How to Verify Patient Insurance in Three Easy Steps Image

    articleJul 11, 2019 | 7 min. read

    How to Verify Patient Insurance in Three Easy Steps

    Remember the game of telephone? Here’s how it goes: A group of kids sit in a circle, and then someone comes up with a message and whispers it to the person on his or her right. That person whispers what he or she heard to the next person, who then whispers it to the next person—and the message travels all the way around the circle until the last person announces what he or she heard. Somehow, almost …

  • The Pros and Cons of In-Network Payer Relationships Image

    articleJul 3, 2019 | 5 min. read

    The Pros and Cons of In-Network Payer Relationships

    It’s hard to identify when you’re trapped in an unhealthy relationship—even if that relationship is just a professional business arrangement. Yes, it’s possible that your in-network payer relationships are verging on unhealthy, especially if payers constantly grind your gears, and you’re hesitant to renew your contracts with them. The good news is that you have no obligation to remain in-network with every payer—and, in some cases, it may be better to ditch the in-network relationships altogether. That …

  • 5 Essential Billing Benchmarks for Your PT Practice Image

    articleJul 1, 2019 | 7 min. read

    5 Essential Billing Benchmarks for Your PT Practice

    You set goals—and track outcomes data —for your patients, right? And you tweak plans of care as you go to ensure patients are moving in the right direction, optimizing your approach to bring them closer to the results they want. Otherwise, you’d be treating blind, hoping that your patients were progressing, but not really knowing for sure. The same holds true for your practice’s billing health. If you're not benchmarking , setting goals, and monitoring your practice’s …

  • The State of Rehab Therapy in 2019 Image

    downloadJun 17, 2019

    The State of Rehab Therapy in 2019

    Each year, we survey thousands of rehab therapy professionals on the metrics, strategies, and complicating factors that influence success in the current healthcare market. In 2019, we received more than 6,000 responses from individuals in a variety of settings, specialties, and geographic regions—and we’ve compiled all that data into the single most comprehensive annual report on the state of the rehab therapy industry.  This report features insights on everything from demographics and financial metrics to regulatory challenges …

  • Marketing for Cash-Based Practices (or Any PT Private Practice) Image

    articleMay 9, 2019 | 11 min. read

    Marketing for Cash-Based Practices (or Any PT Private Practice)

      Insurance-based PT practice owners could learn a thing or two from their  cash-based peers  when it comes to marketing. That’s because effective marketing for cash-based clinics boils down to two things: therapists (1) knowing their worth and (2) capitalizing on their value—something that every PT should be doing anyway. That’s because,  as copays soar  and patients become more selective about who they entrust with their health, physical therapists need to differentiate themselves from the sea of …

  • The PT's Guide to Retaining Patients with Bad Insurance Plans Image

    articleApr 30, 2019 | 7 min. read

    The PT's Guide to Retaining Patients with Bad Insurance Plans

    I don’t have to tell you that insurance providers are notorious for making it difficult for patients to access affordable physical therapy services. And yet, PT patients achieve incredible outcomes and resolve chronic pain every day—without high-cost, high-risk surgeries and addictive prescription medications. In fact, we’ve talked a lot about physical therapists being the secret weapon for solving the opioid crisis —and we’ve definitely witnessed some positive movement on that front with insurance payers . However, we …

  • 3 Emerging Trends in OT Telehealth and Technology Image

    articleMar 15, 2019 | 10 min. read

    3 Emerging Trends in OT Telehealth and Technology

    If you’ve been to Ascend —or any business-related rehab therapy event—you’ve certainly heard this common complaint: “There are so many patients who would benefit from OT, PT, and SLP—but they aren't making it into our clinics.” To make matters worse, we therapy professionals aren't very good at retaining the patients who do come to see us. And, of the few patients who complete an entire course of therapy, many don’t comply with their home exercise programs (HEPs) …

  • 4 Things We Must Do to Save PT From Certain Death (as Told at the 2019 Graham Sessions) Image

    articleMar 11, 2019 | 23 min. read

    4 Things We Must Do to Save PT From Certain Death (as Told at the 2019 Graham Sessions)

    In one of the last talks at the 2019 Graham Sessions, a young physical therapist boldly stated that in focusing solely on survival, we are actually killing the PT profession. We are clinging to a reactive—rather than proactive—mode of operation, and in doing so, we are surrendering the millions of patients we could be helping to other, less-skilled professionals. And that means we are failing them. In essence, we are standing idle, content with the status quo …

  • What is Concierge PT—and Why is it Getting So Popular? Image

    articleJan 30, 2019 | 8 min. read

    What is Concierge PT—and Why is it Getting So Popular?

    It’s no secret that our healthcare model is a bit, well, broken—for lack of a better term. Patients often have to wait weeks or months to gain access to providers—long enough for conditions to move from acute to chronic. The good news is that there are plenty of alternative practice models clinicians are adopting in order to meet patients’ demands for high-quality, convenient care. Concierge medicine is one of those models; it’s becoming very popular in the …

  • Double Duty: How to Bill for PT and OT on the Same Day Image

    articleNov 12, 2018 | 6 min. read

    Double Duty: How to Bill for PT and OT on the Same Day

    In many cases, physical therapy and occupational therapy go together like peanut butter and jelly. PTs and OTs often share similar goals and interventions, treat the same types of patients in the same settings, and get confused by the billing rules that apply to our respective specialties. This confusion leads to quite a few questions, including this head-scratcher: how does one bill for OT and PT provided to a single patient on the same day? While the …

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