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  • Rethinking Payment: Cash-Based Clinics are on the Rise Image

    articleOct 19, 2016 | 6 min. read

    Rethinking Payment: Cash-Based Clinics are on the Rise

    Whether you’re a therapy business newbie or a seasoned pro, there’s a lot to keep straight when it comes to the rules, regulations, and policies that govern billing—to Medicare and private insurance carriers alike. That’s because, while these third-party intermediaries serve as a bridge to reimbursement, they don’t always have your best interests at heart. Shocking, right? As a result, more and more providers are shifting their payment strategy , opting to reduce their reliance on—or in …

  • How to Hire the Best PT Biller Image

    articleOct 18, 2016 | 8 min. read

    How to Hire the Best PT Biller

    (Looking to hire the best for another position in your clinic? We have articles addressing many different roles, including PTs , OTs , and SLPs . Click the respective link to find out more—or click here to see all the articles we’ve published on the topic.) If you handle your physical therapy billing in-house , then you’re going to need to hire the best physical therapy biller—or several. After all, that person—or team—will be responsible for ensuring …

  • Breaking News: 2017 MACRA Final Rule Hits Image

    articleOct 17, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Breaking News: 2017 MACRA Final Rule Hits

    After months of heated debate and public commentary—much of it coming from physicians who felt they needed more time to prepare themselves to participate in a brand-new quality reporting program—the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on Friday released its final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) . This act, which will go into effect January 1, 2017, reimburses eligible Medicare physicians based on the quality of care they deliver …

  • Giving Back: 2016 PT Day of Service Image

    articleOct 14, 2016 | 3 min. read

    Giving Back: 2016 PT Day of Service

    Volunteering at nursing homes. Tutoring kids after school. Donating blood or cold, hard cash during times of need or just because. Whether you give of your time or your money, if you’re fortunate enough to lend a helping hand, doing so won’t only benefit those receiving your help; I’m willing to bet it’ll make you feel pretty darn great, too. Plus, you’ll likely inspire others to do the same. That’s the idea behind Global PT Day of …

  • Video Tutorial: Selecting the Correct Complexity Level for PT and OT Evals Image

    articleOct 13, 2016 | 1 min. read

    Video Tutorial: Selecting the Correct Complexity Level for PT and OT Evals

    The holidays will be here before we know it—and that means PTs and OTs will be required to use the new evaluation and re-evaluation CPT codes before we know it, too. And these codes bring with them the gift of complexity. But, unlike that snowman sweater from Great Aunt Sheila, therapists can't exchange these codes; so, whether they want to or not, PTs and OTs have to learn the ins and outs of coding for evaluative complexity …

  • Farewell, 97001: How to Use the New PT and OT Evaluation Codes Image

    articleOct 12, 2016 | 8 min. read

    Farewell, 97001: How to Use the New PT and OT Evaluation Codes

    Hear ye, hear ye: We hereby declare that as of January 1, 2017, all PTs and OTs must begin using a new set of CPT codes to bill for therapy evaluations and re-evaluations. Actually, if we are being perfectly accurate, we’re not declaring anything; CMS and the AMA are—and we’re merely the messengers. You might find it hard to believe, but with this CPT coding update, the evaluation and re-evaluation codes that PTs and OTs have come …

  • How to Hire the Best PTAs and OTAs Image

    articleOct 11, 2016 | 9 min. read

    How to Hire the Best PTAs and OTAs

    (Looking to hire the best   PT , OT or SLP ? We have articles addressing all three. Click the respective links to learn how to fill those positions with the best, too.) You’re moving up in the world—and your PT or OT practice is growing. Patients are totally satisfied with the care you’re providing , and they’re telling all of their friends . And that means it’s time for you to bring in some backup—specifically, an …

  • Who You Gonna Call? Which Compliance Resource to Contact and When Image

    articleOct 10, 2016 | 6 min. read

    Who You Gonna Call? Which Compliance Resource to Contact and When

    As is the case for healthcare professionals across the care spectrum, compliance resources for physical therapists are constantly evolving—forcing you, the rehab and remediation specialist, to wear many hats. Not only are you treating patient impairment and injury on a day-to-day basis, but you’re also responsible for ensuring that you and your practice meet a slew of ever-changing regulatory requirements . Man—and you thought finding treatment slots for your growing Rolodex of patients was a challenge. Don’t …

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

    articleOct 7, 2016 | 9 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. So, what does Medicare Part A cover—and what do you need …

  • Happy National PT Month! Image

    articleOct 6, 2016 | 4 min. read

    Happy National PT Month!

    Fall has arrived, and you’re no doubt enjoying a drop in temperatures, marveling at the colorful leaves falling from the trees, and finally savoring that long-awaited pumpkin spice latte. (If not, get out of the office and #TreatYourself .) But beyond the fall-themed changes in the air, there's yet another reason to celebrate the calendar flipping to October, as this month marks the annual celebration of National Physical Therapy Month ! Each year brings with it a …

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