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5 Times a Medicare Patient Can’t Pay Cash

With declining reimbursements—and ever-increasing documentation and reporting requirements—it’s no wonder so many rehab therapists are stepping out of contracts with third-party payers to pursue a cash-pay business model.

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A HIPAA Risk Assessment is a Learning Experience

If you own a small- to medium-sized physical therapy practice, you are most likely preoccupied with daily operations such as paying bills, marketing your practice, and treating patients. You may know about HIPAA at a high-level—and you may also worry from time to time about a data breach. But, compliance and security are complicated; the regulations are written in legalese.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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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).”

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