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  • articleMar 7, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Support physical therapists to assist in treatment of head injuries sustained by student athletes in AZ

    SB 1521 too narrowly defines health care providers and limits capable and knowledgeable Physical Therapists from assisting in such injury cases. Contact a representative today to ammned the bill. The AzPTA State Government Affairs team has been monitoring  SB 1521; Schools; head injury policies; athletics  - a bill thatrequires school district governing boards to implement policies and procedures regarding concussions and head injuries of students participating in school-sponsored athletic activities. Specifically, this bill: 1. Directs school district …

  • articleMar 7, 2011 | 1 min. read

    House Passes Repeal of 1099 Tax Reporting

    Yesterday the House of Representatives passed the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011 (HR 4) by a vote of 314-112. The large bipartisan support signifies the importance of repealing the burdensome 1099 IRS tax filing requirement that would compel businesses, including physical therapy practitioners and business owners, to file an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 for all business transactions of $600 or greater in aggregate with the same entity for each given year. The requirement …

  • articleMar 7, 2011 | 2 min. read

    Registration Open: 2011 PT Day on Capitol Hill

    Be a part of this important time in the history of the profession and join your colleagues for the 2011 PT Day on Capitol Hill June 8-9. Be a part of this important time in the history of the profession and join your colleagues for the 2011 PT Day on Capitol Hill June 8-9. This year's event will be held in conjunction with the House of Delegates meeting and Annual Conference, providing a unique opportunity to have your voice heard by your …

  • articleFeb 28, 2011 | 2 min. read

    DOJ Updates Accessibility Requirements Under ADA

    New provisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act will provide new guidelines for Accessable Design. Read the full article below as the new regulations go into effect on March 15th. Physical therapists in private practice and those who work in medical care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and long-term care facilities should be aware of new ADA regulations for accessible design that will go in effect next month.    The Department of Justice (DOJ) published a final rule for Title …

  • articleFeb 28, 2011 | 2 min. read

    APTA Urges MedPAC to Reconsider Self-Referral Exception

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Comission recently met with APTA to discuss a series of 4 recommendations. They urged the comission to reconsider a self-referral law that typically encourages physician owned physical therapy practices. You can find the full article below. Physical therapy services are not essential to diagnosis, and thus should be removed from the in-office ancillary exception to the Stark II physician self-referral law, APTA told the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) this week at a …

  • 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 …

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