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    articleDec 2, 2014

    My Favorite Moments of 2014

    Holy lightning-fast 2014, Batman! I can’t believe that it’s almost time to ring in 2015. But before I Auld Lang Syne 2014 and map out my new year's resolutions, I’m going to reflect on this past year, because, honestly, it was a monumental one for me—both personally and professionally. Here are my highlights: Inc. 500 Two Years Running In 2013, WebPT ranked as #233 on Inc. 500’s list of the fastest-growing companies in the United States. The …

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    articleDec 1, 2014

    Advancements in PT Tech/Emerging Trends

    From vibrating posture sensors and gait-correcting shoe insoles to popular movement tracking devices like the fitbit , there have been a number of exciting advancements and trends in PT technology. These innovations offer new opportunities for improved diagnosis, treatment, and patient engagement. iTherapy: There’s an App for That Smartphone and iPad apps for physical therapy professionals and patients are a growing trend. Many apps are inexpensive—or even free—and provide handy resources like physiotherapy glossaries, exercise videos, orthopedic …

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    articleNov 25, 2014

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Betsy Hyder

    Betsy Hyder will be the first to tell you that compliance is anything but sexy—and yet, as WebPT’s go-to compliance resource, her heart beats for PQRS, FLR, G-codes, and every Medicare abbreviation and acronym in between. “Basically, it’s my job to make sure we’re providing everything we’re supposed to so that therapists get paid, ” she said. And while you’d be hard-pressed to find a physical therapist—or anyone, really—who relishes digging through pages upon pages of jargon-laden …

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    articleNov 24, 2014

    Count on Your EMR for Medicare Compliance

    Nothing in life is certain except for death and taxes, and—for all of you PTs, OTs, and SLPs–– Medicare compliance . Documenting with paper and pen feels a lot like submitting your tax return via paper filing: checking line by line to make sure you provided all applicable information; double––or triple––checking your math; and waiting (and waiting and waiting) for your refund. But compliance doesn’t have to bring about the same feelings of dread you associate with …

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    articleNov 21, 2014

    This Week in PT News, November 21

    Staring at Your Smartphone May Lead to Spine Problems It’s no secret that tilting your head to stare at your phone isn’t good for your spine, but according to researchers from the New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, that second look at your selfie adds an extra 60 pounds of pressure on your cervical spine. That pressure can lead to poor posture as well as a host of other problems, including chronic neck and back pain. …

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    articleNov 20, 2014

    PQRS FAQ

    PQRS regulations change every year, which makes it tough to stay on top of the requirements. That’s why I’ve organized the most common questions regarding PQRS 2015 and posted them here. Have additional questions? Share them in the comments section, and I’ll post a second Q&A post at the end of the month following our PQRS webinar . General Questions What is PQRS? Created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Physician Quality Reporting System …

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    articleNov 19, 2014

    GPRO 2015: Is it Worth it?

    Last week, we covered the registry-and claims-based reporting methods for PQRS. In this post, I’ll discuss the complexities associated with reporting PQRS using the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO). In past years, GPRO seemed to be the most practical option for practices with more than two eligible professionals. This year, however, Medicare added more stipulations to the GPRO program—and in some cases, those add-ons might make the whole thing more trouble than it’s worth. The Basics of …

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    articleNov 18, 2014

    The 2015 Therapy Cap: Same Story, Different Year

    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. First, the good news: in accordance with the Medicare Economic Index (MEI), both cap amounts—the one for occupational …

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    articleNov 17, 2014

    PQRS 2015 Measures

    While PQRS measures specifications won’t be available until December, we do know which individual measures are available for 2015. Here’s the breakdown by specialty: PT #126 Diabetes Foot/Ankle Evaluation #127 Diabetes - Footwear Evaluation #128 BMI screening #130 Current Medications #131 Pain Assessment #154 Falls Risk Assessment #155 Falls POC #182 Functional Outcome Assessment OT #128 BMI screening #130 Current Medications #131 Pain Assessment #154 Falls Risk Assessment #155 Falls POC #134 Preventative Screening Clinical Depression #173 …

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    articleNov 14, 2014

    This Week in PT News, November 14

    Low Birth Weight Tied to Hip Replacement in Adulthood According to a new study, infants born prematurely or with low birth weight may have a higher risk of needing hip replacements due to osteoarthritis in adulthood. After accounting for other factors––like height and age––researchers found that low birth weight increased the risk by 250%. Doctors believe this is because low birth weight may result in abnormal hip development. Find out more about this study here . Falls …

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