• Tricare Update: Changes to Tricare’s Reimbursement Policy for Therapist Assistants Image

    articleApr 5, 2018 | 4 min. read

    Tricare Update: Changes to Tricare’s Reimbursement Policy for Therapist Assistants

    If you’ve heard some buzz about Tricare changing its reimbursement policy for services provided by therapist assistants, you’re not alone—after all, we recently reported on those changes right here on the WebPT Blog . But, there’s been some confusion regarding when, exactly, the changes will go into effect—and we’re here to clear it up. So, read on to learn when your organization can begin taking advantage of this policy shift. The Current Payment Situation Tricare pays for …

  • Ch-Ch-Changes: Tricare Updates in 2018 Image

    articleDec 22, 2017 | 3 min. read

    Ch-Ch-Changes: Tricare Updates in 2018

    Change seems inevitable in the healthcare sphere—especially when it comes to federal healthcare programs. That’s why I wasn’t surprised to hear about the many changes in store for Tricare in 2018. And when it comes to ch-ch-changes, even the starman himself advises you to “turn and face the strange.” Fortunately, we’ll be right there with you, facing those same changes and making sure rehab therapy providers can submit Tricare claims after January 1 without missing a beat. …

  • Oversight Overview: The Rules of Supervision for Rehab Therapy Techs, Assistants, and Students Image

    articleJul 14, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Oversight Overview: The Rules of Supervision for Rehab Therapy Techs, Assistants, and Students

    Therapist assistants (PTAs, OTAs, and SLPAs) and techs—as well as therapy students—can be a big help to therapy practices. But, per state and Medicare law, not all titles are created—or treated—equally . Read on to learn how you can incorporate the services of assistants, technicians, and students into your practice—and still get paid. Therapist Assistants According to the APTA , under Medicare, therapist assistants can provide therapy services in an outpatient private practice setting—as long as those …

  • How to Bill for PT Assistants Providing Physical Therapy Services Image

    articleJul 12, 2017 | 5 min. read

    How to Bill for PT Assistants Providing Physical Therapy Services

    This post comes from PT Compliance Group compliance officer Tom Ambury, PT, and WebPT President Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L. We get a lot of questions when it comes to billing for private practice PT services. One of the most common has to do with billing for licensed PTAs—especially when Medicare and state practice acts have different requirements when it comes to supervision . Our advice? Adhere to the most stringent requirement, which usually comes from Medicare. …

  • Calling for Backup: How to Leverage Therapist Assistants to Maximize Practice Efficiency Image

    articleJun 21, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Calling for Backup: How to Leverage Therapist Assistants to Maximize Practice Efficiency

    I love a good procedural cop show. There’s a whole lot to glean from a Law & Order marathon—including valuable lessons like, “Don’t let your emotions overrule critical thinking,” and “Most New York district attorneys are former super models.” (I’m not sure I can confirm the latter.) But the advice that’s perhaps most relevant to my life is, “Recognize when you’re in over your head, and don’t be afraid to call in backup.” It’s something that many …

  • Therapist Assistant vs. Therapy Tech: What's the Difference? Image

    articleJul 26, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Therapist Assistant vs. Therapy Tech: What's the Difference?

    To work in the physical therapy industry , you don’t necessarily have to be a doctor of physical therapy (DPT). In fact, you can make a huge difference in patients’ lives by serving in a supporting role—especially as a therapist assistant or a therapy technician. Now, these jobs might sound like a “poh-tay-toe”, “poh-tah-toe” kind of situation. And by that, I mean: same job, different name. Right? Well, don’t let their names fool you; the roles are …

  • From Staff Therapist to CEO: What’s the Right Career Path?  Image

    articleJul 20, 2016 | 6 min. read

    From Staff Therapist to CEO: What’s the Right Career Path?

    So—you’re a PT, PTA, or therapy tech, and you’ve got a nice gig at a hospital, an outpatient clinic, or an inpatient facility. You’re happy, but you can’t help but wonder what else is out there over the rainbow. In other words, you’re not sure where your career is going—or what path you should take. Well, you’re in luck, because I have a plan for you. All you need to do is follow the yellow brick road; …

  • The Story of a PTA (Interview) Image

    articleOct 7, 2013 | 6 min. read

    The Story of a PTA (Interview)

    We here at WebPT are big advocates for the rehab therapy industry—and that includes all the incredible PT, OT, and SLP assistants who positively impact the lives of their patients. So today, we thought we’d give you an inside look into the life and times of a fantastic PTA (and Twitter friend) Daniel Timm ( @DaneTimm ) of ATI Physical Therapy in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Check out our interview with Daniel below. WebPT: Why did you decide to …

  • articleApr 28, 2011 | 5 min. read

    Six Tips for Making PT Practice Documentation a Priority

    PT practice documentation has to be a priority. It is vital to the overall wellbeing of patients and the quality of care that they receive. However, it is hard for staff to always find the time to get this part of their job done. For many of them, this is also the most tedious part of their job. They want to interact with patients and to help them improve their abilities more than anything else. A good …

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