• 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 …

  • 2019 MIPS Quality Measures for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    downloadFeb 22, 2019

    2019 MIPS Quality Measures for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    There are boatloads of information floating around about MIPS and its requirements—and considering how complex it is , there’s little question as to why. Certain parts of the program bear the brunt of the intricate legalese, though—one of which being the Quality category. A descendent of the defunct PQRS program, the Quality category has more than 250 measures—each with unique reporting requirements. Of those measures, the final rule listed the following 11 as specifically applicable to PTs …

  • The Pros and Cons of Opting into MIPS Image

    articleFeb 18, 2019 | 8 min. read

    The Pros and Cons of Opting into MIPS

    I’ve spent an enormous amount of time researching MIPS —from digging through the 2,000-odd pages of the final rule and decoding line upon line of legalese, to participating in hour-long discussions (and dozens of email chains) with WebPT’s compliance experts. After all that researching, I feel pretty comfortable with the ins and outs of the program—as well as its benefits and drawbacks. So, let’s talk shop. Here are the pros and cons of MIPS participation : Pros …

  • FAQ: Unwrapping MIPS and the Final Rule: How to Prepare for 2019 Image

    articleDec 14, 2018 | 38 min. read

    FAQ: Unwrapping MIPS and the Final Rule: How to Prepare for 2019

    Earlier this week, Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, WebPT President and Co-Founder, and Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, WebPT Director of Clinical Practice, Outcomes, and Education, hosted an hour-long webinar that unwrapped the many layers of MIPS and the 2019 physician fee schedule. Unsurprisingly, tearing through the layers of CMS’s latest gift revealed a crush of questions—many of which our experts didn’t have time to fully address. So, we compiled the most frequently asked ones for …

  • Everything You Need to Know About POPTS Image

    articleNov 26, 2018 | 6 min. read

    Everything You Need to Know About POPTS

    From day one of physical therapy school, we were taught to not even entertain the idea of working for a POPTS practice. I remember hearing the words, “Your license is on the line,” and feeling vaguely scared of the potential fallout from joining one of these heinous practices. But, I was so overwhelmed by the immediacy of school concerns that I didn’t take the time to consider why. I never did work for a POPTS clinic, but …

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