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  • ICD-9 Ain’t Got Nothin’ on ICD-10 Image

    articleFeb 11, 2015

    ICD-9 Ain’t Got Nothin’ on ICD-10

    The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10), has quite a storied history for a code set that has yet to go into effect here in the US. With the multiple delays it has suffered , you might be wondering why on Earth we’re even making the switch. I mean, ICD-9 has done fine thus far, and the delays only prove that, right? Wrong. Not to sound like a politician, but not only is ICD-9 bad for …

  • What's the Deal with the New Modifiers? Image

    articleFeb 10, 2015

    What's the Deal with the New Modifiers?

    In addition to unleashing all the 2015 PQRS changes , the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to throw us another curveball by introducing the following four HCPCS modifiers —called the X{EPSU} modifiers—to “define specific subsets” of the 59 modifier. XE Separate Encounter, A Service That Is Distinct Because It Occurred During A Separate Encounter XS Separate Structure, A Service That Is Distinct Because It Was Performed On A Separate Organ/Structure XP Separate Practitioner, A …

  • Final Thoughts from CSM: Outcomes, Payment Reform, and—Purple Cows? Image

    articleFeb 9, 2015

    Final Thoughts from CSM: Outcomes, Payment Reform, and—Purple Cows?

    By Saturday morning, attendees of the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) were moving with a little less pep in their step—and a couple extra shots of espresso in their morning coffee. Still, the educational sessions on the final day of CSM were chock full of eager learners looking to eat up a few more morsels of wisdom before catching their planes home from Indy. Here are some highlights from day three’s informational smorgasbord (check out recaps from …

  • Live from CSM: Leading the Way in Healthcare Reform and Women’s Empowerment Image

    articleFeb 6, 2015

    Live from CSM: Leading the Way in Healthcare Reform and Women’s Empowerment

    Temperatures here in Indianapolis have finally broken the freezing mark, with today’s predicted high at a balmy 40 degrees. But that warming trend isn’t limited to the brisk Midwest air. Things also are heating up inside of the Indiana Convention Center, where thousands of physical therapy professionals and students have converged for the APTA’s 2015 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). There’s no shortage of hot issues on the radar for the physical therapy industry this year—and CSM’s jam-packed …

  • This Week in PT News, February 6 Image

    articleFeb 6, 2015

    This Week in PT News, February 6

    New Bills Include PTs in Locum Tenens What do chiropractors, osteopaths, and podiatrists have in common? Locum tenens applies to all of them, and thanks to recent companion bills, physical therapists soon might experience the benefits of this law as well. Currently, private practice PTs simply must avoid absences—or “risk gaps”—in patient care. According to this PT in Motion news release , though, the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act, which consists of two identical bills (H.R. …

  • Live from CSM: Changing Perspectives on Prevention and Direct Access Image

    articleFeb 5, 2015

    Live from CSM: Changing Perspectives on Prevention and Direct Access

    With snow boots cinched and hot coffees in hand, thousands of physical therapy professionals and students have descended upon chilly Indianapolis, Indiana, for the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) annual Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). In addition to checking out the latest and greatest PT tools and technologies—including, ahem, certain cloud-based EMR software —on the trade show floor, attendees will spend the next few days filling their brains with all of the latest and greatest PT news and …

  • 5 OT Trends You Can Influence in 2015 Image

    articleFeb 4, 2015

    5 OT Trends You Can Influence in 2015

    When it comes to improving the value we bring to our clients, there’s no time like the present. These five trends will help our profession grow in 2015. These trends are in motion, but not etched in stone. To bring them to fruition in the OT world, we all have to make an effort. 1. Numbers We need to focus on objectively demonstrating the effectiveness of our care—not only in the interest of increasing reimbursements, but also …

  • Have You Considered These 3 ICD-10 To-Dos? Image

    articleFeb 3, 2015

    Have You Considered These 3 ICD-10 To-Dos?

    “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” That’s how the age-old adage goes, but aside from it being a totally messed-up saying—why are we eating elephants?—it also falls totally flat in my book. When we talk about eating an elephant, it implies that we’re devouring something. In reality, though, with any significant or substantial endeavor, we’re actually trying to triumph. And I’m not sure if anyone would count gorging on a pachyderm as …

  • On a Scale of 1 to ICD-10, how Prepared are You? Image

    articleFeb 2, 2015

    On a Scale of 1 to ICD-10, how Prepared are You?

    Like yet another season of Survivor , ICD-10 is inevitable, and while the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) won’t drop you on a remote, hostile island when the ICD-10 switch happens, the new coding terrain may be just as unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and treacherous—unless you’re ready. Here’s how to win at ICD-10 (no shelter-building or fire-making required). Hit the Books Switching from a code set with roughly 13, 000 codes to one with about 68, 000 …

  • This Week in PT News, January 30 Image

    articleJan 30, 2015

    This Week in PT News, January 30

    Physical Therapy is Key to Improved ICU Outcomes While many researchers already know that rest is not always the best medicine, a new Johns Hopkins study reveals that initiating physical therapy early in the treatment process for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients benefits both patients and healthcare facilities. How? Well, a structured approach to quality improvement processes leads to sustainable improvement in patient outcomes and reduced hospital costs. Read more about this study here . Changes in …

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