• Do You Know Your PT Billing Blunders? [Quiz] Image

    articleMay 17, 2016 | 1 min. read

    Do You Know Your PT Billing Blunders? [Quiz]

    Billing for physical therapy services is tricky, time-consuming, and nerve-racking. After all, there are so many rules you have to follow, and it seems like those rules are constantly changing. That makes mistakes tough to avoid. In many cases, you might not even know you’re making mistakes. And while an occasional billing error probably isn’t a huge deal, if you’re unknowingly flubbing up left and right, you could end up in hot water. And if you’re fudging …

  • Year-End To-Dos for Your Physical Therapy Practice Image

    articleDec 21, 2015 | 3 min. read

    Year-End To-Dos for Your Physical Therapy Practice

    The new year is a time to begin again with a clean slate—and to tackle all those to-dos you’ve been putting off. Before you pop the champagne (or pour yourself a large cup of coffee) to prepare for your New Year’s Eve celebrations, take some time to make sure your practice is prepared, too. This may be a busy time of year for you, as patients hurry to take advantage of their remaining benefits before insurance plans …

  • Medicare and Cash-Pay PT Services, Part 2: Covered vs. Non-Covered Services and Therapy Cap Essentials Image

    articleDec 16, 2015 | 6 min. read

    Medicare and Cash-Pay PT Services, Part 2: Covered vs. Non-Covered Services and Therapy Cap Essentials

    In the first article of this series on Medicare and Cash-Pay PT Services, we defined the three relationships a PT can have with Medicare and explained how each one influences the types of services (i.e., “covered” and “non-covered”) we can provide to beneficiaries on a self-pay basis. So, now we need to define which services are covered and which are not covered, as well as pinpoint the scenarios in which covered services may become non-covered. 3 Scenarios …

  • The Rehab Therapist’s Quick Guide to the 2016 Final Rule Image

    articleNov 4, 2015 | 6 min. read

    The Rehab Therapist’s Quick Guide to the 2016 Final Rule

    November is finally here, which means we here at WebPT can’t stop thinking about a juicy, flavorful, hot-out-of-the oven—Medicare Final Rule. While your tastebuds probably aren’t jumping with joy over the thought of chewing over a bunch of regulatory gobbledygook, the good news is that this year’s final rule shouldn’t be too tough to swallow (and if it is, you can always add more gravy). We’ve already picked out the most important pieces and served ’em up …

  • The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ Image

    articleSep 1, 2015 | 21 min. read

    The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ

    Yesterday, we hosted the largest webinar in WebPT history . Thousands of rehab therapy professionals attended the live session, which focused on ICD-10 coding examples . As expected, we received a lot of questions. Below is a collection of the webinar’s most frequently asked questions. The Seventh Character Craze What is the seventh character? The seventh character didn’t exist in ICD-9 , so it’s caused a great deal of confusion. Essentially, it’s a mechanism for applying greater …

  • Do You Know Your Modifiers? [Quiz] Image

    articleJul 29, 2015 | 1 min. read

    Do You Know Your Modifiers? [Quiz]

    It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad Medicare world, and unfortunately, just about every regulation requires a modifier. If you apply the wrong modifier—or forget one entirely—then your clinic suffers decreased payments or flat-out denials. Even worse, if you amass enough modifier mistakes, you make your practice vulnerable to an audit. Worried you’re miserable at modifiers or want confirmation that you’re actually a modifier master? Take our 10-question quiz below to test your modifier know-how.    

  • Technical Diligence: The Key to Stopping Claim Denials Dead in their Tracks Image

    articleJul 9, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Technical Diligence: The Key to Stopping Claim Denials Dead in their Tracks

    Hello, readers. Over the past several weeks, I’ve enjoyed answering a number of your questions regarding billing for PT services, so I’m excited to address the topic right here on the WebPT Blog. On June 19, 2015, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report involving an outpatient private practice physical therapy provider. In case you weren’t aware, the OIG—which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—is basically the CMS …

  • Senate Recesses with No Decision on SGR Bill Image

    articleMar 31, 2015 | 3 min. read

    Senate Recesses with No Decision on SGR Bill

    Let the trepidation commence. The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula—which Medicare uses to calculate reimbursements—and the therapy cap are both officially in limbo. On March 26, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal SGR and extend the therapy cap exceptions process for another two years. (As an aside, the bill did not include an ICD-10 delay, so that transition is continuing as scheduled.) Enactment of that bill wouldn’t be the optimal outcome for rehab therapists, …

  • This Week in PT News, March 27 Image

    articleMar 27, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, March 27

    House Passes SGR Fix, Extends Therapy Cap On March 26, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would end the sustainable growth rate used to calculate doctors’ payments from Medicare. Unfortunately, this bill only includes a two-year extension of the therapy cap exceptions process rather than a full repeal of the cap. The bill is is expected to pass the Senate—and quickly—before Congress recesses early next week. Read more about this bill and how it …

  • End of Year Preparation Image

    articleDec 18, 2014 | 2 min. read

    End of Year Preparation

    That’s right, folks, the end is nigh—the end of the year, that is. The big, fat man with the long, white beard is coming to town—and for us here at WebPT, that means helping your practice prepare for the new year. Here are a few things to put on your grown-up Christmas list to keep your jingle bell rockin’: Wrap up Reporting Finalize all 2014 charges on a weekly—or even daily—basis. Identify incomplete documents and finish them before …

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