• CMS’s Final Bow: The 2019 Final Rule Image

    articleNov 5, 2018 | 8 min. read

    CMS’s Final Bow: The 2019 Final Rule

    Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its 2019 final rule . Clocking in at just over 2,300 pages, the final rule isn't exactly a light read—especially because the legal lingo can be harder to interpret than Shakespearean verse. Luckily, we have the script—with all its twists and turns—decoded and ready for you to review. Here's the synopsis of all the physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology Medicare changes for 2019: Out, …

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

    webinarNov 5, 2018

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

    Picture this: snowflakes drift lazily through the bitter winter air and pile softly on your windowsill. You’re snuggled up under your softest blanket, holding a steaming cup of cocoa and smiling as your family laughs and chatters happily after tearing open their holiday gifts. Then, someone hands you a box wrapped in shiny blue paper with a tag that reads, “From Medicare.” You rip into the bright wrapping paper, but as it falls to the floor, you …

  • Can PTs Bill for Telehealth Services? Image

    articleOct 12, 2018 | 5 min. read

    Can PTs Bill for Telehealth Services?

    Telehealth is not exactly new. In fact, medical professionals have been using telemedicine since as early as 1940—but that’s because the term “telemedicine” technically refers to any electronic transfer of patient information. The way we think of telemedicine has changed quite a bit over the years. While the definition continues to encompass electronic transfer of medical records, most of us use the term “telehealth” to describe treatments or interventions delivered across electronic means. PTs and Teletherapy Like …

  • CMS Puts FLR on the Chopping Block in 2019 Proposed Rule Image

    articleJul 13, 2018 | 5 min. read

    CMS Puts FLR on the Chopping Block in 2019 Proposed Rule

    Earlier this week, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2019 physician fee schedule proposed rule . Among other possible changes, the proposal includes a measure to end functional limitation reporting (FLR) requirements for claims with dates of service on or after January 1, 2019. The proposed rule aims to reduce regulatory burden. This measure aligns with the proposed rule’s overall theme of reducing the administrative burden associated with documentation and reporting requirements …

  • Tricare Update: Changes to Tricare’s Reimbursement Policy for Therapist Assistants Image

    articleApr 5, 2018 | 4 min. read

    Tricare Update: Changes to Tricare’s Reimbursement Policy for Therapist Assistants

    If you’ve heard some buzz about Tricare changing its reimbursement policy for services provided by therapist assistants, you’re not alone—after all, we recently reported on those changes right here on the WebPT Blog . But, there’s been some confusion regarding when, exactly, the changes will go into effect—and we’re here to clear it up. So, read on to learn when your organization can begin taking advantage of this policy shift. The Current Payment Situation Tricare pays for …

  • A 10-Point Plan for Smart and Secure Electronic Communications with Patients Image

    articleMar 15, 2018 | 8 min. read

    A 10-Point Plan for Smart and Secure Electronic Communications with Patients

    As emails and text messages have become ubiquitous, patient expectations around provider responsiveness have increased. Gone are the days when providers set aside time each afternoon to return calls; now, they can simply respond to their patients’ texts—but should they? Many physical therapists, regardless of their practice model or patient population, are surprised to learn that they may not be allowed to interact with patients in the manner they—or their patients—prefer. These same providers are typically even …

  • Our Comfort Zone is Killing Us: Top Takeaways from the 2018 Graham Sessions Image

    articleJan 17, 2018 | 15 min. read

    Our Comfort Zone is Killing Us: Top Takeaways from the 2018 Graham Sessions

    Most of the time, when I attend a conference—whether that be a physical therapy, healthcare technology, business, or leadership conference—I do so because I want to connect with, and learn from, others in my field. I want to take in and absorb their knowledge to supplement and expand the depth of my own expertise. And most of the conferences I attend—including the Graham Sessions —allow me to do just that. But, this year’s Graham Sessions were different. …

  • Ch-Ch-Changes: Tricare Updates in 2018 Image

    articleDec 22, 2017 | 3 min. read

    Ch-Ch-Changes: Tricare Updates in 2018

    Change seems inevitable in the healthcare sphere—especially when it comes to federal healthcare programs. That’s why I wasn’t surprised to hear about the many changes in store for Tricare in 2018. And when it comes to ch-ch-changes, even the starman himself advises you to “turn and face the strange.” Fortunately, we’ll be right there with you, facing those same changes and making sure rehab therapy providers can submit Tricare claims after January 1 without missing a beat. …

  • Direct Access Laws by State (Idaho-Mississippi) Image

    articleDec 11, 2017 | 10 min. read

    Direct Access Laws by State (Idaho-Mississippi)

    Yesterday, I broke down the what’s what of direct access laws by state, starting in Alabama and ending in Hawaii . Today, I’m continuing our guided tour of direct access law by kicking things off in Idaho and making our way down the list to Mississippi. (Don’t worry about gas money: we’ll do it all from the comfort of our homes or offices.) Just to reiterate, I’m not a legal or compliance expert, and all of the …

  • Direct Access Laws by State (Alabama-Hawaii) Image

    articleDec 8, 2017 | 10 min. read

    Direct Access Laws by State (Alabama-Hawaii)

    If you’re a physical therapist—and you’re licensed in the United States—then you’re practicing in a direct access state. That’s right: In all 50 states—as well as the US Virgin Islands and DC—direct access to at least a physical therapy evaluation is the law of the land. But, before you start seeing every patient who walks through your door without a physician referral, there are a few things you ought to know. The laws around direct access can …

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