• Top 10 Medicare Compliance Strategies for Outpatient Therapy Providers Image

    articleNov 15, 2017 | 16 min. read

    Top 10 Medicare Compliance Strategies for Outpatient Therapy Providers

    These days, almost everyone who works in the outpatient therapy setting has treated a patient with Medicare benefits. We have all encountered the daunting list of rules and regulations we must be follow so that: Medicare considers our documentation sufficient , and We command the highest possible level of reimbursement. From G-codes to POCs and FOMs to LTGs, it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin! With that in mind, here’s a top-10 list of helpful tips for …

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

    articleJul 24, 2017 | 7 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 your answer is anything other than 100%, you’ve come to the right place, because failing to adhere to these standards could mean problems—both in the form of denied reimbursements and potential audits . If you’re looking for Medicare Part A therapy documentation requirements, click here ; for CMS documentation guidelines for speech-language …

  • 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 …

  • Behind Payment Lines: Advice from a Former Insurance Company Employee Image

    articleApr 3, 2017 | 11 min. read

    Behind Payment Lines: Advice from a Former Insurance Company Employee

    No business relationship is—or ever will be—perfect. Then again, very few people ever stand up and make a toast to their insurance company. In fact, both providers and patients tend to complain about rising healthcare costs , long wait times when trying to reach payer reps, and unclear answers once they actually get through to a real person. This is nothing new. And while some providers may think their payers like to play games, WebPT Billing Success …

  • Last Legs: The Compliance Vulnerabilities of Dead or Dying Software Image

    articleOct 24, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Last Legs: The Compliance Vulnerabilities of Dead or Dying Software

    Rusty mechanical equipment. Creaky carnival rides. Wobbly chairs. People are naturally skeptical of things that are dilapidated, rundown, or slipshod—and with good reason. After all, that which is ramshackle usually isn’t reliable. Now, imagine it’s the physical therapy software you use everyday to run your rehab therapy practice that’s gone derelict. Take PTOS EMR, for example , because if you didn’t know, this therapy office software is going out of business, and it has ceased all updates …

  • So Long to Silos: Why Health Systems Must Embrace Interoperability Now Image

    articleSep 9, 2016 | 5 min. read

    So Long to Silos: Why Health Systems Must Embrace Interoperability Now

    Rome wasn’t built in a day—and interoperability across all health data systems won’t be achieved overnight. In fact, we’ve been paving the road to complete connectivity for several years now , and there’s still no definitive end in sight. But now, more than ever, the companies providing those systems have some serious incentive to hasten the pace of their construction efforts: I’m talking about the nationwide push toward value-based, patient-centered care delivery . After all, to succeed …

  • The Case for Specialized Software: Why Your Hospital EHR Hinders Patient Care and Increases Risk Image

    articleJul 28, 2016 | 6 min. read

    The Case for Specialized Software: Why Your Hospital EHR Hinders Patient Care and Increases Risk

    If you Google “hospital EHR,” you’ll initially receive an overwhelming number of search results for the EHR systems themselves—essentially, advertisements and promotions for their software. Wade through those results, though, and you’ll uncover a wealth of articles in which hospital practitioners complain about their technology and how it negatively impacts patient care. Search “private practice EHR,” and you’ll encounter the same thing. And these complaints are, by and large, voiced by physicians—the people for whom these systems …

  • 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 …

  • What Happens if Your Physical Therapy Software Goes Out of Business? Image

    articleJul 15, 2016 | 7 min. read

    What Happens if Your Physical Therapy Software Goes Out of Business?

    You’ve most likely heard the news: PTOS is going out of business. That means that in a few short months, PTOS customers will be left without a physical therapy practice management and billing software solution, so they’ve got to find new systems—stat . After all, no one wants to lose all of their valuable patient and business data—nor do they want to wait until the last minute to find a replacement. Shopping for a PTOS alternative, partnering with …

  • Is Your Physical Therapy Software Ready for ICD-10? Image

    articleAug 25, 2015 | 6 min. read

    Is Your Physical Therapy Software Ready for ICD-10?

    At this point, the majority of physical therapy clinics are using some type of software to document, schedule, and bill for patient treatment. Thanks to ever-increasing compliance regulations, paper had to go the way of the VHS, becoming nearly obsolete. When your practice switched from paper to software, it was a big change. The process took time and training, and there undoubtedly was a period of adjustment. Now, you’re faced with another switch: ICD-10. And just as …

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