• The 2020 Final Rule: Health Care’s Just Desserts Image

    articleNov 7, 2019 | 9 min. read

    The 2020 Final Rule: Health Care’s Just Desserts

    Okay, so the title of this article might be a little misleading; the final rule isn’t health care’s just desserts. It’s actually really great that CMS is always trying to improve one of our country’s most important safety nets—even though its methods of doing so are divisive , to say the least. That said, CMS doesn’t exactly make it easy to follow the rules (and I also really wanted to come up with some dessert puns), so …

  • MIPS and S’more: 2020 Final Rule Highlights Image

    webinarNov 4, 2019

    MIPS and S’more: 2020 Final Rule Highlights

    The best part of camping happens after nightfall—when a hush falls over the pines and you cluster around a crackling campfire to make gooey s’mores. There’s a chill in the air, and you scoot closer to the fire as you watch a puff of glowing embers float up into the dazzling, star-speckled sky. This is the best time to tell stories—when everyone is half illuminated by the warm, flickering firelight and the rest of the world has …

  • Common Questions from Our Medicare Compliance Webinar Image

    articleOct 17, 2019 | 48 min. read

    Common Questions from Our Medicare Compliance Webinar

    During this month’s webinar, compliance experts Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, WebPT Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, and Veda Collmer, JD, OTR, WebPT’s Chief Compliance Officer, discussed strategies for contending with compliance chaos and Medicare mayhem. As they ventured forth into the Medicare labyrinth, they received many queries from fellow adventurers—er, rehab therapists—about the potential pitfalls one might experience while facing the Medicare behemoth. They received so many, in fact, that they simply could not answer them …

  • Does the New California Consumer Privacy Act Apply to Your Physical Therapy Practice? Image

    articleOct 4, 2019 | 6 min. read

    Does the New California Consumer Privacy Act Apply to Your Physical Therapy Practice?

    I’m sure by now you’ve heard a rumor that California has enacted the most impactful privacy rule in the nation. Maybe you also heard that California’s privacy rule applies to California residents—and that it does not apply to medical information. And perhaps you’ve wondered if the rule applies to your practice, but you haven’t had time to look into it. Lucky for you, WebPT has created this handy FAQ to educate you about the California Consumer Privacy …

  • 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 …

  • The Roaring 2020s: Why We’re Entering Rehab Therapy’s Greatest Era Image

    articleAug 27, 2019 | 5 min. read

    The Roaring 2020s: Why We’re Entering Rehab Therapy’s Greatest Era

    High out-of-pocket costs. Inefficient care paths. Market Consolidation. Unfair payer and government policy. I could probably draw out this list for several paragraphs, but you get the idea—there’s a lot that we, as rehab therapists, are up against. And most of it is seemingly out of our control. If you pay attention to politics—and with the next election cycle already taking over national news headlines, it’s kind of hard not to—then you know that debate over healthcare …

  • The 2020 Proposed Rule: Bite-Sized Edition Image

    articleAug 13, 2019 | 6 min. read

    The 2020 Proposed Rule: Bite-Sized Edition

    Too much of anything is bad for you—even if it’s something you like. Too much sun will give you some gnarly burns. Too much exercise can damage your muscles or cause stress fractures. Even too much Chipotle can make you sick (much to my eternal disappointment). All humans need to avoid consuming too much of one thing—and reading through CMS’s annual policy changes is, inarguably, way too much . So, we’re gonna keep this explanation of the …

  • 5 Legal Pitfalls in PT Marketing (and How to Avoid Them) Image

    articleJun 21, 2019 | 8 min. read

    5 Legal Pitfalls in PT Marketing (and How to Avoid Them)

    Every company wants to find the perfect marketing strategy—and many are testing out new gambits each and every day to try to lock down their piece of the market. But sometimes new, untested marketing strategies can take a turn for the worse , and the organization can catch some flak. But in health care, bad marketing can do a lot more than give your brand a bad rap, because some strategies are not only totally out of …

  • 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 …

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