• 5 Ways Value-Based Payment will Change the Face of Rehab Therapy Image

    articleFeb 8, 2017 | 7 min. read

    5 Ways Value-Based Payment will Change the Face of Rehab Therapy

    As greek philosopher Heraclitus observed long ago, “Change is the only constant in life.” And there may be no better quote to sum up life in health care. After all, everything is changing—all the time. It can certainly feel that way, at least: ICD-10 , new eval codes , CJR , MACRA , MIPS —I could go on naming recent industry changes, but you get the idea. Today, we’re talking specifically about the shift toward value-based payment …

  • 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 …

  • Sharing is Caring: Why Interoperability is Critical to Collaborative Care Image

    articleJan 11, 2017 | 5 min. read

    Sharing is Caring: Why Interoperability is Critical to Collaborative Care

    By this point, you already know that collaborative, patient-centered care models are the way of the future. It only makes sense. Providers cannot continue to operate in silos , because patients aren’t their diseases, conditions, or injuries; they’re whole people—and a whole person may require an entire team of practitioners working together to provide the best possible care at the best possible time in the most holistic way. In order to implement this new care methodology, though, …

  • Founder Letter: 4 Predictions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2017 Image

    articleJan 5, 2017 | 15 min. read

    Founder Letter: 4 Predictions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2017

    Last year, I laid out a handful of predictions for 2016 —and what do you know? Most of them were spot on. In fact, much of what I covered—think interoperability, the importance of data collection, payment reform, and the push toward private practice consolidation—are all holding strong and will surely continue into 2017 (well, barring any unforeseeable curveballs to the state of health care as we know it, that is). In the meantime, though, here’s what I …

  • The State of Interoperability in Outpatient Rehab Therapy  Image

    articleJan 2, 2017 | 6 min. read

    The State of Interoperability in Outpatient Rehab Therapy

    We’ve been talking about the importance of interoperability in health care for a while now—in articles like this one , this one , and this one . And while the idea of open, seamless data exchange among healthcare systems and providers always seemed like a great thing to have, it’s quickly becoming much more of a must-have. That’s because a collaborative-care, pay-for-performance healthcare model requires that providers from all disciplines actually communicate with one another in real-time …

  • 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 …

  • PT and OT Evaluation Codes Cheat Sheet Image

    downloadDec 21, 2016

    PT and OT Evaluation Codes Cheat Sheet

    As of January 1, 2017, PTs and OTs must use a new set of CPT codes to bill for patient evaluations and re-evaluations. But, it's not a simple swap-out across the board; instead, when coding for initial evaluations, therapists must now select one of three codes, which are tiered according to the complexity of the evaluation. But, what separates a low-complexity evaluation from a moderate- or high-complexity one? And how should therapists go about making their coding …

  • Common Questions from Our New PT and OT Evaluation Codes Webinar Image

    articleDec 19, 2016 | 20 min. read

    Common Questions from Our New PT and OT Evaluation Codes Webinar

    This month’s webinar on the new CPT codes was our biggest one yet—more than 11,000 people registered to attend. With such a large—and clinically diverse—audience, we received a ton of questions. And due to time constraints, our hosts—WebPT’s own Heidi Jannenga and compliance expert Rick Gawenda—weren’t able to get to even a fraction of them during the live broadcast. Not to worry, though; we’ve done our best to answer them all here, in one giant FAQ article. …

  • 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. …

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