• 4 Ways the Affordable Care Act Will Transform Occupational Therapy—for the Better Image

    articleApr 13, 2015 | 6 min. read

    4 Ways the Affordable Care Act Will Transform Occupational Therapy—for the Better

    Today’s blog post comes from Veda Collmer, OTR, WebPT’s in-house counsel and compliance officer. Veda is a licensed occupational therapist and attorney—quite the combo! The theme of Occupational Therapy Month—“Transforming lives, building independence”—has inspired me to write about the transformation of occupational therapy itself. In the years following the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), I’ve been studying up on how the new law will change the face of health care in …

  • Goodbye, Plaster—Hello, iPad: WebPT Marketplace Features 3D-Printed Custom Orthotics Image

    articleFeb 16, 2015 | 2 min. read

    Goodbye, Plaster—Hello, iPad: WebPT Marketplace Features 3D-Printed Custom Orthotics

    Creating a simple pair of orthotics is a deceivingly arduous task—if you do it the traditional way, that is. Often, the process involves multiple providers, astronomical costs, and lots of cold, sticky plaster. But it doesn’t have to be like that; we live in the age of tech, after all. That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with SOLS, a pioneering company in the emerging industry of 3D-printed foot orthotics. Thanks to this partnership—and SOLS’s innovative …

  • 5 OT Trends You Can Influence in 2015 Image

    articleFeb 4, 2015 | 4 min. read

    5 OT Trends You Can Influence in 2015

    When it comes to improving the value we bring to our clients, there’s no time like the present. These five trends will help our profession grow in 2015. These trends are in motion, but not etched in stone. To bring them to fruition in the OT world, we all have to make an effort. 1. Numbers We need to focus on objectively demonstrating the effectiveness of our care—not only in the interest of increasing reimbursements, but also …

  • Top 5 Signs Your EMR Isn’t Right For Your Practice Image

    articleJan 20, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Top 5 Signs Your EMR Isn’t Right For Your Practice

    If you’re feeling underwhelmed by your current electronic medical record (EMR) solution, then it might be time to trade it for a system that better meets your practice’s needs . After all, a subpar EMR can cause you all sorts of headaches, including lost revenue and burned-out staff . Instead, make your EMR work you—and lighten your load in everything from documentation and correct coding to analytics and reporting. But, that requires that your practice has the …

  • The 2015 Therapy Cap: Same Story, Different Year Image

    articleNov 18, 2014 | 3 min. read

    The 2015 Therapy Cap: Same Story, Different Year

    With all of the blog space we’ve devoted to PQRS this month, it’s easy to forget that Medicare’s final rule addresses more than just our favorite four-letter acronym. But buried deep within CMS’s annual 1,000-plus-page behemoth of government jargon is one more major item of interest to those in the PT, OT, and SLP industries: the therapy cap. First, the good news: in accordance with the Medicare Economic Index (MEI), both cap amounts—the one for occupational therapy …

  • PQRS 2015 Measures Image

    articleNov 17, 2014 | 1 min. read

    PQRS 2015 Measures

    While PQRS measures specifications won’t be available until December, we do know which individual measures are available for 2015. Here’s the breakdown by specialty: PT #126 Diabetes Foot/Ankle Evaluation #127 Diabetes - Footwear Evaluation #128 BMI screening #130 Current Medications #131 Pain Assessment #154 Falls Risk Assessment #155 Falls POC #182 Functional Outcome Assessment OT #128 BMI screening #130 Current Medications #131 Pain Assessment #154 Falls Risk Assessment #155 Falls POC #134 Preventative Screening Clinical Depression #173 …

  • Here's What PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know About PQRS 2015 Image

    articleNov 13, 2014 | 8 min. read

    Here's What PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know About PQRS 2015

    In the spirit of the season, today we give thanks for Medicare’s brand new Final Rule . Drier than overcooked turkey, we decided to carve up this bird into the most pertinent chunks of Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) information for you and your practice so you don’t have to. Here’s what you need to know about PQRS 2015: Measures, Measures, Measures Medicare likes measures––225 of them to be exact––and they don’t care who knows. Thankfully, all …

  • Final Rule 2015: Here’s What You Need to Know Image

    articleNov 6, 2014 | 3 min. read

    Final Rule 2015: Here’s What You Need to Know

    The summary of this year’s Final Rule is hot off the presses, which means that—among other things—we now know the details regarding PQRS 2015. For those who have been following the PQRS saga since the program first came into being in 2007, it should come as no surprise that Medicare has yet again upped the ante for compliance. Based on the fact sheet CMS provided , here’s the scoop on this year’s reporting requirements: Eligible professionals who …

  • The Rehab Therapist’s Guide to Co-Treatment Under Medicare Image

    articleJul 14, 2014 | 3 min. read

    The Rehab Therapist’s Guide to Co-Treatment Under Medicare

    If you treat in a setting that offers multiple types of therapy (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech-language pathology), then you likely have—or will—come upon a situation in which it is in a patient’s best interest to receive treatment in more than one discipline during a single session. And while this practice is absolutely permissible under Medicare policy, there are some special rules governing the manner in which you provide—and bill for—such services. These rules vary …

  • This Week in PT News, July 11 Image

    articleJul 11, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, July 11

    Women’s Soccer Named the Most ACL Injury-Prone Sport New research shows that women soccer players are eight times more likely to tear their ACLs than their male counterparts. The study also concludes that women’s soccer is the most ACL injury-prone sport. Physical therapists say the key to combating ACL injuries is education and prevention. It’s also just as important to #GetPT after an ACL tear in order to prevent another one from occurring. Occupational Therapy Key to …

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