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Breaking News: CMS Reinstates Previous Changes to NCCI Edits

It appears 2020 has a few more tricks up its sleeve for physical therapists and occupational therapists. According to an announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency has decided to reinstate changes to National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edit pairs that are frequently used by rehab therapists.

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CMS Threw Down the Gauntlet: Are We Ready to Fight the 9% Medicare Cut?

CMS has thrown down the gauntlet for PTs and OTs. It yet again challenged us, clear as day, to fight for our Medicare payments and prove our worth as healthcare providers. Sure, CMS isn’t looking for a literal round of fisticuffs—but its planned payment reduction will inflict harm just the same.

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How Many Units to Bill in 6 Different Physical Therapy Treatment Scenarios

When someone mentions the words “physical therapy billing,” terms like “easy” or “simple” probably don’t leap to mind. After all, every payer has its own way of doing things, and the rules are rarely straightforward—especially when you start throwing in other terms like “8-minute rule” or “mixed remainders.”

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CMS Offers MIPS Flexibility in Light of COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will offer flexibilities to clinicians who chose (or were mandated) to participate in MIPS during the 2020 performance year. 

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How to Provide Cash-Based Telehealth

Adding new cash-pay services to your clinic’s repertoire can be a challenge. Not only do you have to ensure that you have the legal freedom to provide cash-based services (because you might not), but you also have to price and market them in a way that ensures patients will not only pay for those services out of pocket, but also receive value commensurate to the cost.

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5 Strategies to Safely Reopen Your Rehab Therapy Practice

Slowly but surely, the country is starting to open up again following weeks of state-issued orders to stay home or shelter in place. For many, one of the first changes is allowing elective surgeries and other “non-essential” medical procedures to resume—something that,

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Breaking News: CMS Authorizes PTs, OTs, and SLPs to Provide Telehealth Services

On Thursday, April 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officially made physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists eligible to deliver—and receive reimbursement for—telehealth services for the remainder of the public health emergency period. This change—along with all other temporary provisions included in the full CMS bulletin—is retroactive to March 1, 2020.

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News Bulletin: Latest NCCI Changes Beneficial for PTs

Who’s ready for some good news? According to reports from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has lifted the remaining restrictive NCCI changes the entity implemented this past January.

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Medicare’s Accelerated and Advance Payment Program: Everything Rehab Therapists Need to Know

Because of the coronavirus, many rehab therapy clinics are in dire financial straits. Appointment cancellations are spiking, cash flow is dwindling, and practices are struggling to pay employees. So, when the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on Friday, March 27, 2020, many healthcare providers were thrilled to learn it included provisions for accelerated and advance payments from Medicare. 

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