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Founder Letter: Reconsidering MIPS: Should PTs Participate in 2020?

Over the past year or so, the idea of MIPS participation has undergone an enormous transformation in the minds of rehab therapists. When the program was first introduced, we were optimistic about participation, and we heralded its arrival as an opportunity for therapists to prove their worth to CMS.

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Can PTAs Do Progress Notes? (And Other PTA and OTA Questions)

Recently, we’ve received a whole lot of questions about what physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) can and cannot do in practice—likely because many practice owners are re-evaluating staff roles and clinic operations in preparation of the Medicare reimbursement reduction for assistant-provided services, which takes effect in 2022.

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OTA and PTA Supervision: 6 Real-Life Scenarios

With the upcoming payment changes for PTAs and OTAs, we’ve received a lot of questions regarding supervision requirements for therapy assistants in the outpatient setting. So, we thought our readers would benefit from some examples of common, real-world scenarios the type of supervision each one requires.

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Over the Line: 4 Times When It’s Okay to Treat a Medicare Patient Beyond the Therapy Threshold

The #spookyszn has come and gone, but for many physical therapists, the threat of a Medicare audit is far more frightening than any ghoul or goblin—no matter what time of year it is. As such, some PTs may try to subvert the ever-watchful eye of CMS by remaining cautious as their patients creep closer to the Medicare physical therapy threshold (formerly known as the “Medicare physical therapy cap”).

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Physical Therapist Assistant vs. Physical Therapy Tech: What’s the Difference?

You don’t necessarily have to be a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) to work in the physical therapy industry . In fact, you can make a huge difference in your patients’ lives by serving in a supporting role—especially as a therapist assistant or therapy technician. Now, these jobs might sound like a “poh-tay-toe,” “poh-tah-toe” kind of situation. And by that, I mean: same job, different name. Right? Well, don’t let their names fool you; the roles are …

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5 Strategies for Training Your Clinic Staff on Compliance

Human error is one of the biggest compliance and security threats to any organization—especially organizations in health care. That’s why setting expectations for your staff—and providing continual healthcare compliance training and education opportunities—is so important.

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How to Deal with Medicare as a Secondary Insurance

Some things are just better together, like peanut butter and jelly or milk and cookies. And for Medicare patients with other health insurance providers, few things are better than when Medicare and their private payers work together cooperatively.

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5 Times a Medicare Patient Can’t Pay Cash

With declining reimbursements—and ever-increasing documentation and reporting requirements—it’s no wonder so many rehab therapists are stepping out of contracts with third-party payers to pursue a cash-pay business model.

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