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  • articleFeb 26, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Outsourcing Physical Therapy Billing

    Evaluating if Outsourcing Your PT Practice Billing is Justified PT practice billing being outsourced makes a lot of sense because of the efficiencies and cost savings it delivers to your practice. As much as we may wish it was not so, billing for your physical therapy practice is an important aspect of running your business and must be done right. It is not an uncomplicated part of the practice, either. A PT practice billing system must deal …

  • articleFeb 26, 2011 | 3 min. read

    Automating Physical Therapy Practice Management Documentation

    Efficiency Gains From Automating Your PT Practice Management Documentation  It was not that long ago that a fully automated electronic medical record management system was something only very large healthcare institutions could afford. That meant that any medium- to small-sized physical therapy practice was left with the antiquated method of keeping track of patient and billing documentation using file folders, paper forms and rows and rows of file cabinets. Thankfully, we are entering a time when PT …

  • articleFeb 22, 2011 | 6 min. read

    Maximize Your Chances of Getting the PQRS Incentive by Choosing the Right Measures

    As we have discussed in a previous blog, there are 2 methods of reporting your PQRS data to CMS:  Claims-based or Registry based .  Both have their advantages and disadvantages.  Once you have decided on a reporting method, how do you decide on what measures to report on?  Here are some tips on making this important decision. 1.  Diagnoses or clinical conditions treated in your clinic :  Having eligible patients who qualify for the measures you choose …

  • articleFeb 19, 2011 | 2 min. read

    WebPT Spring 2011 Update - New Features Added!

    WebPT is committed to maintaining and enhancing the features of our system. We consistently resolve bugs in the system, update new tests and clinical tools, and add functions to make the system work better for our members. As a result of all of the great member suggestions and ideas from our innovative development team, WebPT is prepared to release on March 5th what will be a series of great new features. This release of new features is …

  • articleFeb 16, 2011 | 4 min. read

    How to Transition to Electronic Medical Records in Your PT Practice

    Taking Due Care in the Rush Toward Electronic Medical Records Systems  In almost every industry, the rush to get systems automated and put online seems urgent. For some reason, there is an obsession in almost every aspect of life to get applications into a networked solution and preferably to turn a business practice into an online social network or a smart phone app. As physical therapists, we are part of the medical community and it is up …

  • articleFeb 16, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Preparing for a PT Practice Audit

    Steps to Take to Prepare for a PT Practice Audit When you operate a physical therapy practice, there is a level of regulatory detail and scrutiny that is to be expected. Of course, the word "audit" is dreaded in every aspect of life, but for a PT practice, it should be expected and in a way, welcomed. A PT practice audit and the preparations you maintain to be ready for it keeps your practice operating properly and …

  • articleFeb 16, 2011 | 5 min. read

    Digital PT Management Documentation

    Is the Transition From Paper PT Management Documentation to Digital Difficult? One would think that any physical therapy practice would jump at the chance to get away from keeping records using the out-of-date, paper-based system. By any estimation, the maintenance, storage and management of massive paper files is cumbersome and inefficient. Paper is costly to buy, fill out and store. It takes space to keep good patient records and it is difficult to keep them all current. …

  • articleFeb 13, 2011 | 3 min. read

    New Orleans APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2011

    Brrrr! As a cold front descended on New Orleans, Louisiana (or Nawlins as the locals say), so did just over 9100 PTs, PTAs, and PT students for 2011 CSM. Per the APTA , this was one of the best attended Combined Sections Meetings to date. The city has a lot of draw with Bourbon Street, riverboat gambling, hurricanes (the drink of course), ghost and swamp tours, and Cajun food. There was also the Rock-n-Roll Marathon & ½ …

  • articleFeb 9, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Registry vs Claims-Based Reporting for PQRS (PQRI)

    The Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) is a program designed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve the quality of reporting in the healthcare industry. The program is now considered to be permanent and therefore the program name has been amended to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). PQRS reporting is based on individual measures which are associated to a specific patient group by diagnosis, ailment, age, or clinical action taken by the reporting …

  • articleFeb 8, 2011 | 3 min. read

    PQRI and PQRS Explained for PTs

    In our effort to simplify the clinical environment while maintaining quality and compliance, we decided to dedicate this month the exciting topic of Medicare Regulations. This topic can to be either terrifying or boring for PTs, but it is something that must be considered and is equally important in patient care. This article aims to clear up some of the most common questions regarding the program formally known as PQRI. For your convenience I have translated the …

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