• This Week in PT News, March 28 Image

    articleMar 28, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, March 28

    S. 2110 Vote The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Medicare cap this week, so it’s your last chance to contact your local representatives and ask them to vote “yes” for the Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access Improvement Act (S. 2110). Find your senator’s contact information here . HR 4302 Vote Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed by voice vote a proposal (HR 4302) to delay for 12 months a scheduled 24% cut to Medicare …

  • Act Now: The Therapy Cap Exceptions Process Expires March 31 Image

    articleMar 13, 2014 | 5 min. read

    Act Now: The Therapy Cap Exceptions Process Expires March 31

    For years, rehab therapists have had a love-hate relationship with Medicare’s therapy cap exceptions process. On the one hand, therapists often see it as a barrier to providing patients with the care they need; on the other, it’s the only means for therapists to continue treatment after a Medicare patient has exhausted his or her annual payment allotment for therapy services (a.k.a.  the therapy cap ). Reform of the cap has been a long time coming, and …

  • 5 Ways the Affordable Care Act is Impacting Physical Therapists Image

    articleMar 6, 2014 | 6 min. read

    5 Ways the Affordable Care Act is Impacting Physical Therapists

    Ever since the federal government got the ball rolling on healthcare reform legislation—a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act—it’s been a hot topic of conversation among providers and consumers alike. For the last few years, discussions about the effects of the new healthcare law were purely speculative; but now that the ACA go-live date has come and gone, a clearer picture of its impact—particularly in the realm of outpatient physical therapy—is starting to emerge. Here’s a breakdown of how …

  • articleDec 19, 2013 | 4 min. read

    Florida Physical Therapist Stands Up for the Profession—and Wins

    Last year, the Florida state legislature passed the 2012 Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance reform , which included an exclusionary clause requiring physical therapy providers to gain licensure and accreditation as a healthcare clinic before they could receive reimbursement for providing PIP-related services. As a result, Florida-based physical therapist Amado Mendoza saw a significant reduction in the number of referrals his clinic, A&M Therapy , received. “Referrals are the lifeblood of outpatient PT clinics,” Mendoza said. “And …

  • articleNov 20, 2013 | 3 min. read

    Get Involved: Help the APTA #StopTheTherapyCap

    In 1997, Congress passed the Balanced Budget Act, which led to the creation of the sustainable growth rate reform (SGR) formula as well as the Medicare therapy cap. According to the APTA —and Congress—these measures were meant to save money. However, there are some serious flaws in both. As a result, every year, Congress has acted to address said flaws and stop the implementation of a hard cap. (For more information on the therapy cap and how …

  • articleSep 26, 2013 | 3 min. read

    Has Your Practice Sent Out Employer Health Care Reform Notices Yet? The Deadline is October 1.

    If you’re in the same boat as I am, you may be wondering where summer went. It was just July. And yet somehow, Tuesday marks the first day of October. That means we should expect to see Christmas decorations cluttering grocery store aisles any day now and that Health Care Reform Notices (a.k.a. notice of coverage options under Fair Labor Standards Act) are due to employees. So here is your friendly reminder to send them out—soon. If …

  • webinarAug 13, 2013

    Rehab Therapy Industry News

    In July, we hosted a webinar focused on rehab therapy industry news. This session covered an array of newsworthy and timely topics, including: Functional limitation reporting and other Medicare regulations Changes to HIPAA regulations Direct access Branding PT to general consumers ICD-10

  • articleAug 12, 2013 | 7 min. read

    ACOs, Bundles, and PCMHs: A Trio of Innovative Payment Models

    Healthcare innovation isn’t just about new techniques and technologies. As the US healthcare landscape continues to evolve—and, hopefully, improve—-one of the most important areas of focus is payment models. Let’s face it: medical costs aren’t getting any lower, and the system for reimbursement could definitely use a bit (okay, a lot) of TLC. Here are three innovative payment models that have garnered substantial support among various leaders in the healthcare industry: Accountable care organizations (ACOs) What are …

  • articleAug 7, 2013 | 3 min. read

    Explained in Five Questions: Why WebPT is Not CCHIT-Certified

    Today's blog post comes from the WebPT content crew: Senior Writer Charlotte Bohnett, Contributing Writer Erica Cohen, and Junior Writer Brooke Andrus. Recently, we’ve received quite a few questions regarding WebPT’s status with the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT). As a result, we thought we’d take this blog post to address what CCHIT certification means, why we are not certified, and why that is A-okay. Here’s some background: What’s the HITECH Act? In 2009, the …

  • articleJul 11, 2013 | 5 min. read

    HIPAA Final Omnibus Ruling: How Does it Apply to You?

    Curious as to how the  new rules  included in the HIPAA Final Omnibus Ruling apply to you and your clinic? Here, we provide a breakdown of what's in store for your practice starting September 23, 2013. The American Medical Association (AMA) published some great information to help physicians navigate this new ruling, which also applies to rehab therapists. According to the AMA, providers should focus most heavily on these three areas: 1. Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification …

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