WebPT has acquired Therabill, a web-based billing software for physical, occupational, and speech therapists as well as mental health professionals.
As a busy SLP working in a school or hospital setting, you might have—at one time or another—felt somewhat stifled by the constraints of your work environment. You might even catch yourself dreaming about starting your own private practice—and silently yearning for the flexibility that inevitably follows suit. After all, when you’re a business owner, you’re your own boss.
With all of the blog space we’ve devoted to PQRS this month, it’s easy to forget that Medicare’s final rule addresses more than just our favorite four-letter acronym. But buried deep within CMS’s annual 1,000-plus-page behemoth of government jargon is one more major item of interest to those in the PT, OT, and SLP industries: the therapy cap.
The summary of this year’s Final Rule is hot off the presses, which means that—among other things—we now know the details regarding PQRS 2015. For those who have been following the PQRS saga since the program first came into being in 2007, it should come as no surprise that Medicare has yet again upped the ante for compliance. Based on the fact sheet CMS provided, here’s the scoop on this year’s reporting requirements:
Sometimes it’s in a patient’s best interest to receive treatment in more than one therapy discipline during a single session. Here are Medicare’s rules for this practice, known as “co-treatment.”
Our Members often ask us for advice on documenting in a practice that has multiple therapy specialties. Here are our tips:
Keep It Separated
If your clinic offers PT, OT, and/or SLP services, be sure to add cases specific to each discipline based on the patient’s condition(s) because different profiles appear for different user types. Furthermore, ensure that therapists are documenting all things specific to their particular discipline—such as authorizations and prescriptions—within the correct case. If do you happen to document within the wrong case, don’t fret. In WebPT, you can move notes between cases.
Master Your Schedule
With the case complexity of multi-specialty treatments, scheduling also becomes a little more involved. The administrative team or front office staff must book appointments for the proper cases; otherwise, workflow issues may arise.
Streamline Patient Encounters
Creating custom evaluation templates is even more valuable in multi-specialty practices than in single speciality ones. As this blog post points out, you can customize the objective tests you want to use in your initial evaluations, so each therapist has a shorter and more applicable Objective section.
Have additional questions on how to document in a multi-specialty therapy practice? Ask them in the comments section below.
Once I pick my measures within WebPT, am I stuck with those throughout the year or can I change them? Yes, whichever measures you select will be your measures for the remainder of the year. You have until March 31, 2014, to make your final selection.
Well, it’s November already, and that means two things: Thanksgiving and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Sure, PQRS doesn’t involve mouthwatering roasted turkey, savory stuffing, or creamy mashed potatoes, but it has become quite the November tradition for us here at WebPT. You see, this is the time of year that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) typically confirms the details of next year’s reporting requirements, thus allowing us to update our PQRS solution (claims- and registry-based reporting) and start our month-long blog and webinar theme of “everything you need to know to be PQRS compliant.”
Unfortunately, this year is shaping up a little differently. As a result of the government shutdown, CMS delayed its November 1 meeting to discuss the 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule—which includes potential PQRS changes—until at least the middle of this month. And until they meet, we won’t know much about what PQRS 2014 will truly entail in terms of reporting requirements, measures, penalties, and incentives—let alone when the government will actually finalize the Proposed Rule. This means that as of today, no one knows for sure:
- which measures therapists must report
- how many measures therapists must report
- whether there will be compliance incentives
- what penalties will be associated with noncompliance
- what percentage of patients for whom therapists must complete PQRS reporting
This month, we here at WebPT are covering all things innovative in rehab therapy. Today, we’ve compiled four seriously cool developments in speech-language pathology. Whether you’re an SLP, OT, or PT, you’re going to love these, so keep on reading.
May is finally here, and that makes all of us here at WebPT super stoked. Why? Well, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and of course, it’s Better Hearing and Speech Month! The tradition of Better Hearing and Speech Month began more than 75 years ago as a way to shed light on the many forms of communication disorders and impairments affecting human hearing, speech, language, and voice. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders estimates that approximately 43 million people in the United States live with some kind of speech, voice, language, or hearing impairment.