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  • articleNov 16, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Medicare guidelines for skilled nursing home care and home health care are ruled too strinct

    Medicare budget cuts are forcing new guildines for skilled nursing home care and home health care but two courts have recently ruled these guidlines to be too strict. New guidlines would have meant it was the patient's responsability to prove their condition would improve over time with this assistance. The courts ruled that chronic patients in need of long-term care should not be denied services. WASHINGTON — Two federal courts have ruled that the Obama administration is …

  • articleNov 16, 2010 | 2 min. read

    APTA speaks out about continued outpatient therapy cuts

    APTA's President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD issued a statement representing the associations disappointment in continued Medicare cuts that specifically impact therapy services. The 7%-9% reduction in payments will have reprecussions that will greatly impact our nation's seniors and disabled and anyone needing long-term care our out patient services. Statement by APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, which, …

  • articleNov 16, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Continued Medicare cuts and caps will affect therapy patients and providers in 2011

    The American Physical Therapy Association(APTA) is keeping its members informed about continued cuts and caps for Medicare beneficiaries. In an attempt to control cost, Medicare patients continue to see limitations on their service and the hardest hit areas are long-term rehabilitation care and outpatient services. The hardest hit by these cuts are our nation's seniors and disabled and the providers that service them. Payment cuts and caps on services will affect patients and providers in 2011 Medicare …

  • articleNov 15, 2010 | 4 min. read

    PPS 2010 Conference Highlights

    The WebPT team attended and exhibited at the annual APTA  PPS 2010 Conference last week in Washington DC. This conference emphasized the business side of PT and how to improve your practice. This year's focus was marketing and tools to build your business. In this time of declining revenues per visit, PT clinic owners are being forced to think outside the box and really go after referrals, improve their billing practices to maximize returns, develop creative staff …

  • articleNov 8, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Physical therapy can help breast cancer patients with everyday quality of life

    Most people don't think about physical therapy after breast surgery however the the purpose of physical therapy - - to strengthen and improve mobility - - can be a critical factor in the quality of life for these patients. Patients who undergo this type of surgery immediately begin to realize this are of their body impacts how they move throughout their day. Helping these patients with daily exercises they can do to quickly recover and gain this …

  • articleNov 8, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Lymphedema can cause swelling and pain that leave people with limited mobility

    Physical therapy has been proven to help improve overall mobility and quality of life for patients with lymphedema. Reducing the swelling and removing the fluid is part of the beneficial therapy. However, it is key to continue long-term treatment plans in order to maintain mobility. Imagine getting caught in a traffic jam when there’s no way to get off the road — no side streets or highway exits. Stopped traffic continues to build and build, and the …

  • articleNov 8, 2010 | 1 min. read

    In the NFL physical therapy routines become critical to athletes careers

    Most NFL players are no strangers to strengthening and rehabilitation but physical therapy following a serious injury and surgery can prove challenging to even the toughest professional footballer player. Months of ongoing rehab have become a part of many athletes daily routines. The way Brendon Ayanbadejo remembers the first significant injury of his football career, it came on a routine play. It was the fourth quarter of a road game at New England early last season, and …

  • articleNov 8, 2010 | 2 min. read

    The real magic of electronic medical records is the ease of sharing key patient information

    There are real benefits to going electronic. Sure you can get rid of the large file cabinets and storage rooms. Yes, you can search patient files making it faster to find what you are looking for. However, the real beauty of electronic medical records is the ability to quickly and easily share important patient data with referring physicians and other healthcare providers as needed. Think you entered the digital health age when your doctor switched from paper …

  • articleNov 8, 2010 | 1 min. read

    It is Illegal for PTs to be employed by Professional Corporations in the state of California

    California based physical therapists must make sure their business arrangements are very clear. The California Physical Therapy Association is available to assist in defining new business arrangements that comply with the laws. The State of California Legislative Counsel has rendered an opinion that it is illegal for PTs to be employed by any professional corporation except for those owned by physical therapists and Naturopaths. In its opinion, the Legislative Counsel confirms that, because the existing California Corporations …

  • articleNov 4, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Healthcare found immediate practical use for the iPad

    The iPad gives the medical industry the flexibility, portability, reliability and practicality that it has needed to move toward electronic medical records with ease. Medical physicians were so excited about the battery life and reasonable costs that many of them purchased their own iPad before their practice adopted them as standard tools in the practice. Just like the iPhone, Apple’s iPad is a consumer device but also a tempting purchase for many business users. And the business …

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