• Double Duty: How to Bill for PT and OT on the Same Day Image

    articleNov 12, 2018 | 6 min. read

    Double Duty: How to Bill for PT and OT on the Same Day

    In many cases, physical therapy and occupational therapy go together like peanut butter and jelly. PTs and OTs often share similar goals and interventions, treat the same types of patients in the same settings, and get confused by the billing rules that apply to our respective specialties. This confusion leads to quite a few questions, including this head-scratcher: how does one bill for OT and PT provided to a single patient on the same day? While the …

  • Should PTs, OTs, and SLPs use the New X Modifiers? Image

    articleNov 7, 2018 | 4 min. read

    Should PTs, OTs, and SLPs use the New X Modifiers?

    When it comes to Medicare, a lot can change in four years—whether it be the rise and fall of functional limitation reporting or answers to questions like, “Do outpatient rehab therapists have to report MIPS?” (You can get that answer here , by the way.) So, when CMS introduced the X modifiers back in 2015 and told PTs, OTs, and SLPs they wouldn't have to use them, anyone familiar with Medicare rules knew that advice was subject …

  • Common Questions from Our Medicare Open Forum Webinar Image

    articleOct 25, 2018 | 43 min. read

    Common Questions from Our Medicare Open Forum Webinar

    Earlier this week, WebPT President Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, teamed up with Rick Gawenda, PT—President and CEO of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting—to host a Medicare Open Forum . As expected, we received more questions than our Medicare experts could answer during the live session, so we've provided the answers to the most frequently asked ones below. Don't see the answer you're looking for? Post your question in the comment section at the end of this …

  • Common Questions from Our PT Billing Open Forum Image

    articleAug 18, 2018 | 34 min. read

    Common Questions from Our PT Billing Open Forum

    Last week, WebPT’s trio of billing experts—Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, WebPT President and Co-founder; John Wallace, PT, MS, WebPT Chief Business Development Officer of Revenue Cycle Management; and Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, WebPT Director of Clinical Practice, Outcomes, and Education—hosted a live open forum on physical therapy billing . Before the webinar, we challenged registrants to serve up their trickiest PT billing head-scratchers—and boy, did they deliver! We received literally hundreds of questions on …

  • 4 Common Physical Therapy Billing Modifiers (and How to Use Them) Image

    articleJul 6, 2018 | 5 min. read

    4 Common Physical Therapy Billing Modifiers (and How to Use Them)

    Physical therapists (PTs) enjoy being part of a profession known for compassion. The vast majority of PTs enter the field eager to help patients achieve their full functional abilities. That said, a PT clinic is still a business, and if you aren’t billing properly, it’s hard to keep your clinic afloat so you can improve the lives of the very patients you set out to help. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to bill in a way …

  • When Should I Use Modifier 59? Image

    articleJul 28, 2017 | 7 min. read

    When Should I Use Modifier 59?

    In a PT’s paradise, the billing process wouldn’t exist. Therapists would simply provide treatment and receive payment accordingly, no explanation—or coding—required. In the real world, though, claims—and the codes and modifiers you submit with those claims—are your ticket to getting paid. And in many situations, one little modifier could have a big impact on your bottom line. Such is the case with modifier 59. Not sure of the rules governing proper use of this much talked-about modifier? …

  • Denial Management FAQ Image

    articleMay 26, 2017 | 22 min. read

    Denial Management FAQ

    During our denial management webinar , we discussed the difference between rejections and denials, explained how to handle both, and provided a five-step plan for stopping them in their tracks. The webinar concluded with an exhaustive Q&A, and we’ve amassed the most common questions here. Insurance Issues Claim Quandaries Compliance Qualms Documentation Dilemmas Front-Office Frustrations Insurance Issues We’ve had issues with auto insurances denying 97112 (neuromuscular re-education) for non-neuro diagnoses, even in cases when the patient’s medical …

  • How to Use Modifier 59 With the New PT and OT Evaluation Codes Image

    articleJan 30, 2017 | 9 min. read

    How to Use Modifier 59 With the New PT and OT Evaluation Codes

    Whether you’re a therapy billing newbie or a seasoned vet, knowing the ins and outs of modifier 59 —and when it’s appropriate to bill with this “last resort” modifier —can be difficult and just plain confusing. With CMS’s recent release of new eval and re-eval CPT codes , your confusion may be intensifying. But, don’t let this weighty topic keep you up at night. Instead, look to the information below to fine-tune your billing and documentation efforts. …

  • Most Commonly Used CCI Edits for PT, OT, and SLP Private Practice Settings Image

    downloadDec 22, 2016

    Most Commonly Used CCI Edits for PT, OT, and SLP Private Practice Settings

    Some things go better together: peanut butter and jelly, chips and salsa, fish and chips. Likewise, rehab therapists often perform certain procedures that are similar to one another—but they might not know that two or more specific therapy types form “edit pairs.” Subsequently, they’re left in the dark about collecting a bigger portion of Medicare’s payment pie. So how can you, the rehab therapist, determine which therapy services are mutually exclusive? It’s as simple as identifying one …

  • Modifier 59 Flowchart Image

    downloadDec 22, 2016

    Modifier 59 Flowchart

    To bill for modifier 59 or not to bill for this very tricky modifier—that is the (burning) question. If you find yourself asking this question time and again—while also thinking back to high school English class—you’re not alone. Few modifiers cause as much consternation for PTs or wreak as much havoc on their payments as modifier 59. But knowing when to accurately apply one of the most misused modifiers is your ticket to getting paid by Medicare—and …

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