• 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 …

  • Right on the Money: The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Rehab Therapy Billing Image

    articleSep 19, 2018 | 7 min. read

    Right on the Money: The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Rehab Therapy Billing

    Most of us went to physical therapy school to treat patients, not to spend our lives mired in stacks of paperwork. But that’s what physical therapy billing can feel like: endless mountains of forms, claims, and invoices . As much as we malign it, though, billing accurately for our services is crucial to keeping our clinic doors open so we can continue to treat those patients. Because most of us haven’t received formal training on how to …

  • 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 …

  • 6 Surefire Signs Medicare Will Audit Your PT Practice (and How to Fix 'Em) Image

    articleNov 30, 2017 | 7 min. read

    6 Surefire Signs Medicare Will Audit Your PT Practice (and How to Fix 'Em)

    Camping season may be over, but I’m in the mood to tell a scary campfire story. So, here goes: It’s an average work day. Your last patient just left, and you’ve got a little downtime between appointments to grab a cup of coffee and catch up on documentation. As you sit down at your desk, you notice a stack of envelopes. “The mail must’ve come early today,” you think to yourself. As you thumb through the advertisements …

  • 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. …

  • MAC Madness: When and How to Contact Your Medicare Contractor Image

    articleNov 4, 2016 | 4 min. read

    MAC Madness: When and How to Contact Your Medicare Contractor

    Medicare providers have a lot of challenges to contend with—and meeting those challenges can be tough. But, you don’t always have to go it alone, because while you can’t always count on CMS to provide clear guidance on how to comply with all the regulations that apply to you, you do have other resources at your disposal when you need answers—quick. Let’s talk about one such resource: your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). Your Medicare Go-To Even if …

  • Undoing Denials: Managing Claim Rejections and Appeals in PT Billing Image

    articleOct 20, 2016 | 7 min. read

    Undoing Denials: Managing Claim Rejections and Appeals in PT Billing

    When the stakes aren’t high, people are more forgiving of flubs. If you have a bad hand, a missed stroke, or a poor toss, you may cry, “Mulligan!”—and get a do-over. But, what happens when the stakes are high—like when you’re billing for physical therapy services, and you suffer a denied claim? Do you get a mulligan? The short answer: yes. The long answer: I wouldn’t necessarily call appealing a denied claim a “do-over,” but the important …

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