• The PT Practice's Guide to Turning Bad Metrics Into Better Results Image

    articleNov 13, 2019 | 7 min. read

    The PT Practice's Guide to Turning Bad Metrics Into Better Results

    Collecting and tracking your clinic’s metrics is one of the most important things you can do to nurture the long-term success of your business. But, it’s one thing to collect and track all your metrics; knowing what to do with them is a whole other ball game—and you absolutely cannot afford to let them sit in a corner and gather dust. In his Ascend 2019 presentation, Brandon Seigel, the President of Wellness Works Management Partners , urged …

  • Medicare Patient Advocacy Letters Image

    downloadNov 12, 2019

    Medicare Patient Advocacy Letters

    Per the 2020 CMS final rule, rehab therapists will see an across-the-board 8% reduction to payments in 2021—and that's on top of the 15% reduction to payments for PTA and OTA services in 2022. Advocacy efforts to persuade CMS to reverse this decision are in full swing, and who better to advocate for better Medicare therapy benefits than patients themselves? To make it as easy as possible for therapists to mobilize their patients to support this important …

  • 5 Strategies for Training Your Clinic Staff on Compliance Image

    articleNov 11, 2019 | 7 min. read

    5 Strategies for Training Your Clinic Staff on Compliance

    Human error is one of the biggest compliance and security threats to any organization—especially organizations in health care. That’s why setting expectations for your staff—and providing continual healthcare compliance training and education opportunities—is so important. And that goes for everyone on your team: front-office staff, clinical staff, billers, administrators, and executives should all receive regular Medicare and HIPAA compliance training and updates. After all, the reputation (and financial solvency) of your practice depends on your entire team’s …

  • The 2020 Final Rule: Health Care’s Just Desserts Image

    articleNov 7, 2019 | 9 min. read

    The 2020 Final Rule: Health Care’s Just Desserts

    Okay, so the title of this article might be a little misleading; the final rule isn’t health care’s just desserts. It’s actually really great that CMS is always trying to improve one of our country’s most important safety nets—even though its methods of doing so are divisive , to say the least. That said, CMS doesn’t exactly make it easy to follow the rules (and I also really wanted to come up with some dessert puns), so …

  • Founder Letter: Is the 8% Payment Cut the Wake-Up Call Rehab Therapists Need? Image

    articleNov 6, 2019 | 13 min. read

    Founder Letter: Is the 8% Payment Cut the Wake-Up Call Rehab Therapists Need?

    Last week, CMS issued its annual final rule, which finalized the proposed 8% cut to outpatient Medicare payments for physical therapy and occupational therapy services. It’s officially official: not only will clinics have to contend with the therapy assistant reimbursement reductions in 2022, but they’ll also have to absorb an 8% across-the-board hit to their Medicare revenue starting in January 2021. It’s a pretty heavy blow to the industry, and I feel like I can see everyone …

  • Medicare Part B Documentation Requirements for Physical and Occupational Therapy Image

    articleNov 5, 2019 | 10 min. read

    Medicare Part B Documentation Requirements for Physical and Occupational Therapy

    How familiar are you with the Medicare guidelines for physical therapy documentation? What about for occupational therapy documentation? If you’re a PT or OT—and you’re anything less than 100% confident in your knowledge of the Medicare documentation rules that apply to your specialty—then you’ve come to the right place. Failing to adhere to these standards could mean problems—both in the form of denied reimbursements and potential audits . So, read on and make sure you’re totally up …

  • MIPS and S’more: 2020 Final Rule Highlights Image

    webinarNov 4, 2019

    MIPS and S’more: 2020 Final Rule Highlights

    The best part of camping happens after nightfall—when a hush falls over the pines and you cluster around a crackling campfire to make gooey s’mores. There’s a chill in the air, and you scoot closer to the fire as you watch a puff of glowing embers float up into the dazzling, star-speckled sky. This is the best time to tell stories—when everyone is half illuminated by the warm, flickering firelight and the rest of the world has …

  • The Secret Connection Between People and Profitability Image

    articleNov 1, 2019 | 7 min. read

    The Secret Connection Between People and Profitability

    If you own a business—or would like to own one at some point—then you’re probably on a constant hunt for the secret to entrepreneurial success and the formula for profitability . Business leaders want to know how to maximize profit and streamline workflows without overburdening staff and tanking morale. Some clinics have found their individual sweet spots, and that’s awesome—but the truth is that profitability isn’t all about hitting KPI goals and benchmarking a mountain of metrics …

  • HIPAA Q&A: Fulfilling Patient Records Requests and Authorizations for Releasing PHI  Image

    articleOct 30, 2019 | 10 min. read

    HIPAA Q&A: Fulfilling Patient Records Requests and Authorizations for Releasing PHI

    Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule , patients have several rights regarding their medical records, including a right to access, a right to amend, and, in some circumstances, a right to restrict disclosures of their protected health information (PHI). Understanding and complying with those rights is an important component of quality patient care. Furthermore, The DHHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is spotlighting the importance of these rights with its Right of Access Initiative. In September, OCR stood …

  • 8 Nontraditional PT Settings to Explore Image

    articleOct 28, 2019 | 17 min. read

    8 Nontraditional PT Settings to Explore

    Many physical therapists go through school with the goal of working in a specific setting. Some can’t wait to join an inpatient rehab facility; others are excited to work in outpatient orthopedics. Then there are the PTs who love the idea of home health , pediatrics, or skilled nursing facility (SNF) rehab. But, the dreaming tends to end there—because as PT students, most of us assume that we’ll be working in one of the aforementioned environments.  That’s …

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