• Common Questions from Our Medicare Compliance Webinar Image

    articleOct 17, 2019 | 48 min. read

    Common Questions from Our Medicare Compliance Webinar

    During this month’s webinar, compliance experts Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, WebPT Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, and Veda Collmer, JD, OTR, WebPT’s Chief Compliance Officer, discussed strategies for contending with compliance chaos and Medicare mayhem. As they ventured forth into the Medicare labyrinth, they received many queries from fellow adventurers—er, rehab therapists—about the potential pitfalls one might experience while facing the Medicare behemoth. They received so many, in fact, that they simply could not answer them …

  • How to Deal with a Patient Data Breach (and Avoid One in the First Place) Image

    articleOct 15, 2019 | 7 min. read

    How to Deal with a Patient Data Breach (and Avoid One in the First Place)

    With electronic storage of protected health information (“PHI”) becoming more common, healthcare providers are rightly concerned about ensuring their data and security systems are not breached, and developing an established course of action in the event that their systems are breached.  The most important security precaution that a provider can have in place is a stable system for breach prevention. Otherwise, navigating the field to ensure there are no breaches can be difficult.  Do not place your …

  • Medicare Part A vs. Part B: What PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know Image

    articleOct 11, 2019 | 10 min. read

    Medicare Part A vs. Part B: What PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know

    Whether you’re just starting out as a Medicare provider—or you’re making the switch from inpatient to outpatient—there’s a lot to keep straight when it comes to the complicated rules, regulations, and policies that govern Original Medicare (which consists of both Part A and Part B). But if you want to receive reimbursement for your services, you’ve got to know how to navigate the murky Medicare waters.  Basic Differences Between Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B As …

  • Protecting Patient Data: Lessons Learned from the Anthem and Equifax Data Breach Settlements Image

    articleOct 10, 2019 | 6 min. read

    Protecting Patient Data: Lessons Learned from the Anthem and Equifax Data Breach Settlements

    Before 2015, data breaches were mostly confined to retail businesses. However, as more patient information becomes digitized, big data breaches are becoming more common in health care. And hackers don’t discriminate; they target organizations of all types and sizes, ranging from big hospitals to small private practices. So, is there anything a small-to-medium-sized physical therapy practice can do to reduce the risk of a data breach? Performing a HIPAA risk assessment is an excellent first step.  No …

  • Motivation Restoration: How to Effectively Engage Employees in Your PT Clinic Image

    articleOct 8, 2019 | 8 min. read

    Motivation Restoration: How to Effectively Engage Employees in Your PT Clinic

    What if I told you that no single policy or engagement plan would be enough to motivate all of your employees —no matter how good it is? I hope you’re comfortable with your answer to that question, because that’s exactly what I’m telling you. There is no one-size-fits-all master plan that will satisfy the needs of every single one of your employees (unless, of course, you have only one employee or you employ a handful of clones). …

  • How to Select the Right CEU Credits Image

    articleOct 7, 2019 | 6 min. read

    How to Select the Right CEU Credits

    For practicing PTs, physical therapy continuing education courses (CEUs) are a fact of life. After all, most states require PTs to complete a certain number of CEUs each year in order to retain a license to practice. But just because these courses are mandatory doesn’t mean they also have to be a drag. Good physical therapy CEUs can be both educational and interesting; they also can be really great for your career and your clinic. But the …

  • Does the New California Consumer Privacy Act Apply to Your Physical Therapy Practice? Image

    articleOct 4, 2019 | 6 min. read

    Does the New California Consumer Privacy Act Apply to Your Physical Therapy Practice?

    I’m sure by now you’ve heard a rumor that California has enacted the most impactful privacy rule in the nation. Maybe you also heard that California’s privacy rule applies to California residents—and that it does not apply to medical information. And perhaps you’ve wondered if the rule applies to your practice, but you haven’t had time to look into it. Lucky for you, WebPT has created this handy FAQ to educate you about the California Consumer Privacy …

  • Overcome Your Fear: 4 Strategies for Tackling the HIPAA Risk Assessment Image

    articleSep 24, 2019 | 5 min. read

    Overcome Your Fear: 4 Strategies for Tackling the HIPAA Risk Assessment

    Without a doubt, healthcare practices—big and small—find the HIPAA risk assessment daunting. The HIPAA Security Rule requires all covered entities (a.k.a. providers) and business associates (a.k.a. the people and vendors providers do business with) to conduct an accurate and thorough risk analysis of potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all electronic protected health information (ePHI). However, carrying that out often seems insurmountable and impossible. How can any busy healthcare practice be expected …

  • When Should PTs Use the New X Modifiers? Image

    articleSep 19, 2019 | 3 min. read

    When Should PTs Use the New X Modifiers?

    Last July, we covered updated guidance on X modifier use from the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS). As WebPT’s Erica McDermott explains, “beginning July 1, 2019, CMS will unbundle NCCI edit pairs when providers attach the appropriate modifier (59, XE, XS, XP, or XU) to either the first-column or second-column code (assuming, of course, that the situation warrants the use of one of these modifiers).” While it’s still unclear what, exactly, this means for PTs, …

  • The Dish on Patient Discounts: Can You Charge Different Rates for the Same Service? Image

    articleSep 11, 2019 | 7 min. read

    The Dish on Patient Discounts: Can You Charge Different Rates for the Same Service?

    Let’s start with the bad news. (Spoiler alert!) Patient discounts aren’t anywhere near as straightforward as we’d all like them to be. Getting a hard-and-fast rule from every commercial payer and state government—or even from CMS —can be harder than keeping up with the gossip in a highschool cafeteria. So, naturally, the discounting situation is less “he said, she said” and more “they said, they said, they said, and they said.” It’s hard to know what you …

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