• This Week in PT News, January 30 Image

    articleJan 30, 2015 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, January 30

    Physical Therapy is Key to Improved ICU Outcomes While many researchers already know that rest is not always the best medicine, a new Johns Hopkins study reveals that initiating physical therapy early in the treatment process for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients benefits both patients and healthcare facilities. How? Well, a structured approach to quality improvement processes leads to sustainable improvement in patient outcomes and reduced hospital costs. Read more about this study here . Changes in …

  • Is Outcomes Data Actually Meaningless? 5 More Takeaways from the 2015 Graham Sessions. Image

    articleJan 21, 2015 | 11 min. read

    Is Outcomes Data Actually Meaningless? 5 More Takeaways from the 2015 Graham Sessions.

    Yesterday, I shared my first five quotable takeaways from the 2015 Graham Sessions; today, I’ll reveal the second half of my list. As I mentioned in part one—which you can check out here if you missed it—this was the eighth installment of this annual event, which evolved out of a need for PTs to get together and have real, honest conversations about the issues facing their industry. At this meeting, every voice matters. And to ensure that …

  • Founder Letter: My 5 PT Industry Predictions for 2015 Image

    articleJan 6, 2015 | 6 min. read

    Founder Letter: My 5 PT Industry Predictions for 2015

    I’m no fortune teller; I don’t have a crystal ball, and I can’t see into the future. But like a good sports analyst or meteorologist, I can make some educated hypotheses. And while I definitely couldn’t tell you who’s going to win the Super Bowl next month—or what the weather will be like at kick-off—I’m pretty confident about these five predictions of the topics and trends that will have the biggest impact on the physical therapy community …

  • PQRS 2015 Measures: What’s Changed? Image

    articleDec 23, 2014 | 2 min. read

    PQRS 2015 Measures: What’s Changed?

    Medicare released the 2015 specifications for individual PQRS measures. Not much has changed compared to last year; however, there are a few changes—the most noteworthy being the elimination of the wound care measure (245). I’ve detailed the rest of the changes below. Measure 126: Diabetes Mellitus: Diabetic Foot and Ankle Care, Peripheral Neuropathy - Neurological Evaluation In addition to updating denominator criteria, the numerator definition (which now includes a lower extremity neurological exam), and the reporting timeframes …

  • My Favorite Moments of 2014 Image

    articleDec 2, 2014 | 3 min. read

    My Favorite Moments of 2014

    Holy lightning-fast 2014, Batman! I can’t believe that it’s almost time to ring in 2015. But before I Auld Lang Syne 2014 and map out my new year's resolutions, I’m going to reflect on this past year, because, honestly, it was a monumental one for me—both personally and professionally. Here are my highlights: Inc. 500 Two Years Running In 2013, WebPT ranked as #233 on Inc. 500’s list of the fastest-growing companies in the United States. The …

  • PQRS FAQ Image

    articleNov 20, 2014 | 8 min. read

    PQRS FAQ

    PQRS regulations change every year, which makes it tough to stay on top of the requirements. That’s why I’ve organized the most common questions regarding PQRS 2015 and posted them here. Have additional questions? Share them in the comments section, and I’ll post a second Q&A post at the end of the month following our PQRS webinar . General Questions What is PQRS? Created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Physician Quality Reporting System …

  • GPRO 2015: Is it Worth it? Image

    articleNov 19, 2014 | 4 min. read

    GPRO 2015: Is it Worth it?

    Last week, we covered the registry-and claims-based reporting methods for PQRS. In this post, I’ll discuss the complexities associated with reporting PQRS using the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO). In past years, GPRO seemed to be the most practical option for practices with more than two eligible professionals. This year, however, Medicare added more stipulations to the GPRO program—and in some cases, those add-ons might make the whole thing more trouble than it’s worth. The Basics of …

  • 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 …

  • WebOutcomes is Now Part of the WebPT Family Image

    articleNov 4, 2014 | 3 min. read

    WebOutcomes is Now Part of the WebPT Family

    Update: WebPT Outcomes is here. Request a free tour today.   The WebPT crew came into the office this morning with a little extra spring in our step—not because we’re still on a Halloween sugar high (although if we’re being honest, we probably consumed a few too many fun-size Snickers bars)—but because this morning, WebPT officially announced some very exciting news: We’ve acquired WebOutcomes, an online outcomes tracking tool for physical and occupational therapists. Why are we …

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