• 4 Strategies for Proving the ROI of Outcomes Data Collection Image

    articleJan 19, 2017 | 5 min. read

    4 Strategies for Proving the ROI of Outcomes Data Collection

    You already know that outcomes data is important —and it’s becoming more important by the day as our healthcare system continues to shift from a fee-for-service model to a pay-for-performance one. And if you’ve read this post , this one , or this one , you already know the best ways to implement outcomes data collection in your practice. But, do you know how to use your outcomes data to your advantage—to ensure you’re getting the very …

  • New Ways to Get Paid: The Case for Bundled Payments Image

    articleJan 17, 2017 | 7 min. read

    New Ways to Get Paid: The Case for Bundled Payments

    If you’ve been in business for a while now, you’ve probably gotten pretty used to the standard healthcare fee-for-service payment model: you provide a service, you bill for said service, and then you get paid for that service. Well, times are a changin’. While practitioners will still provide services and receive payment, that payment will soon be dependent on performance (i.e., outcomes data). In other words, you’ll get paid based on the value you offer your patients—not …

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Reform: 5 Key Healthcare Forecasts for 2017 Image

    webinarJan 5, 2017

    Cloudy with a Chance of Reform: 5 Key Healthcare Forecasts for 2017

    Predicting the weather is tough—just ask any meteorologist who has called for sun on the day of a major downpour. Well, predicting the fate of the US healthcare system isn’t much easier—there’s a lot up in the air, after all. But, even without a healthcare equivalent of Doppler Radar, there are a few key trends that are sure to have a major impact on PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2017 and beyond. And to keep your practice …

  • Top 10 WebPT Blog Posts of 2016 Image

    articleDec 28, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Top 10 WebPT Blog Posts of 2016

    ’Tis the season for reflection. Here at WebPT, we like to spend some time at the end of every year appreciating the highlights—and learning from the lowlights—of the year before. Luckily, we’ve had a lot of wonderful things to celebrate in 2016, including publishing a whopping 221 blog posts for the nearly 6,000 rehab therapists who subscribe to our blog  (and for even more providers who read our blogs but aren’t yet signed up for our weekly …

  • 10 Defensible Documentation Tips for PTs Image

    downloadDec 22, 2016

    10 Defensible Documentation Tips for PTs

    Therapists often view documentation as onerous. But, as you well know, that certainly doesn’t mean the practice is invaluable or meaningless. In fact, documentation tells your patients’ stories and serves as a verifiable record of patient care, thereby giving key decision-makers (i.e., payers) the right information to determine your value. More importantly, defensible documentation helps you, the rehab therapist, prove your ability to achieve patient outcomes—and get paid. Still need some tips to tell your patients’ stories …

  • 3 CJR Examples Image

    articleDec 9, 2016 | 6 min. read

    3 CJR Examples

    If you’ve been paying attention to the WebPT Blog—or healthcare chatter in general this year—you’re probably already familiar with Medicare bundled payments, specifically CMS’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) payment model. If not, check out this article and this one , because there are definitely opportunities for PTs to participate. In addition to those great posts—which detail the basics of the program as well as things to consider when deciding whether or not to participate—we thought …

  • Founder Letter: PQRS is Dead, But Your Data-Analysis Efforts Should Live On Image

    articleDec 6, 2016 | 6 min. read

    Founder Letter: PQRS is Dead, But Your Data-Analysis Efforts Should Live On

    If there’s one thing I know about rehab therapists, it’s that we are all very busy people. If your to-do list is anything like mine, it’s growing faster than you can prune it—and has probably expanded onto multiple sheets of paper (or maybe even into multiple notebooks). And regardless of the value associated with each item on the docket, we tend to refer to these tasks as things we “have” to do—not things we “get” to do. …

  • 4 MIPS and MACRA Must-Knows for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleNov 17, 2016 | 7 min. read

    4 MIPS and MACRA Must-Knows for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    The holiday season is right around the corner, and while this time of year is always ripe for celebration—and rightfully so—the elimination of PQRS doesn’t mean you should bust out the confetti and noisemakers just yet. Wait, therapists no longer have to report PQRS data to Medicare—and that’s a bad thing? While that stand-alone decision may give you all the holiday feels , it should also give you pause: the truth is that because rehab therapists are …

  • The Bundle Conundrum: Should PTs Participate in CJR? Image

    articleNov 9, 2016 | 6 min. read

    The Bundle Conundrum: Should PTs Participate in CJR?

    There a lot of hot topics in health care right now. Among top trending terms like “Affordable Care Act,” “pay-for-performance,” and “value-based care,” you’ve also probably heard “Medicare bundled payments”—specifically, “CJR” (or Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement ). It’s a new bundled payment model from CMS, and it is of particular importance to outpatient rehab providers. As this article explains, “CJR will support better care for patients who are undergoing elective hip and knee replacement surgeries—the two …

  • Hot Out of the Oven: Highlights of the 2017 Final Rule for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleNov 9, 2016 | 8 min. read

    Hot Out of the Oven: Highlights of the 2017 Final Rule for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    Halloween may be over, but if you didn’t get your fill of scares, I’ve got the perfect activity for you: reading through 1,401 pages of pure Medicare gobbledygook. Screaming yet? (Or should I check back at around page 500?) I kid, of course; there’s no need for you to slog through this year’s extra meaty Final Rule —which details the Medicare fee schedule and other important Medicare regulatory and reimbursement changes for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and …

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