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    articleJul 24, 2019 | 3 min. read

    MIPS 101

    The Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS, is one tough cookie. It’s complicated and downright frustrating at times—but it’s something that rehab therapists need to be familiar with. If you’ve been looking for a no-nonsense, easy-to-follow MIPS explainer, then you’ve come to the right place! Just play the video to understand the basics behind this latest government program.  If you’ve finished the video and want a followup (or a recap) of the more complicated info we discussed, …

  • Billing Software vs. RCM Service: What's the Difference, and What's Right for Your Practice? Image

    articleJul 23, 2019 | 5 min. read

    Billing Software vs. RCM Service: What's the Difference, and What's Right for Your Practice?

    Billing is one of the most complicated aspects of running a clinic. And considering the fact that billing rules seem to change as often as the season , it’s easy to make mistakes—and find yourself face-to-face with a billing blunder beast. (Try saying that three times fast!) At some point, even the most vigilant providers and billers need a little bit of help crossing all of their t’s and dotting all of their i’s, so to speak. …

  • FAQ: The State of Rehab Therapy in 2019 Image

    articleJul 19, 2019 | 14 min. read

    FAQ: The State of Rehab Therapy in 2019

    Earlier this week, WebPT’s fearless leaders, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, and Nancy Ham, CEO, revealed the results of our annual State of Rehab Therapy survey and discussed the national trends that affect rehab therapy professionals on a daily basis. The presenters didn’t have enough time to address all of the thought-provoking questions we received from our audience, so we compiled an FAQ for y’all to read at your leisure. Can’t find the answer to your …

  • Billing in the Big Leagues: How to Scale Your RCM Processes as Your Practice Grows Image

    articleJul 17, 2019 | 8 min. read

    Billing in the Big Leagues: How to Scale Your RCM Processes as Your Practice Grows

    It’s the bottom of the ninth; the bases are loaded, and you’re up to bat. This one’s for the win. If you knock it out of the park, you may just get called up to the majors. And no matter how good you are, that’s a big leap. The same is true in rehab therapy private practice. Small practices already have a lot of balls in the air: marketing , keeping employees happy , and providing patients …

  • How to (Ethically) Boost Billing Productivity in PT Private Practice Image

    articleJul 16, 2019 | 5 min. read

    How to (Ethically) Boost Billing Productivity in PT Private Practice

    You’ve got a business to keep afloat, staff to pay , and patients to serve—so, of course you want to make the most out of every unit charged. But boosting billing productivity doesn't necessarily mean squeezing every possible charge out of each date of service—especially when those charges aren’t warranted. With that in mind, here are seven workflow and strategy best practices to ensure you’re billing at your best (adapted from this resource as well as our …

  • How to Verify Patient Insurance in Three Easy Steps Image

    articleJul 11, 2019 | 7 min. read

    How to Verify Patient Insurance in Three Easy Steps

    Remember the game of telephone? Here’s how it goes: A group of kids sit in a circle, and then someone comes up with a message and whispers it to the person on his or her right. That person whispers what he or she heard to the next person, who then whispers it to the next person—and the message travels all the way around the circle until the last person announces what he or she heard. Somehow, almost …

  • Claim Time: How Many Units Per Visit Should a PT Bill? Image

    articleJul 10, 2019 | 4 min. read

    Claim Time: How Many Units Per Visit Should a PT Bill?

    As the old Rolling Stones tune goes, “Time is on my side.” For rehab therapists who bill correctly, that’s certainly true in many cases. But, as with most things RCM-related, billing correctly can be easier said than done—especially if you don’t have a team of dedicated billing experts . Between confusing payer rules and coding conundrums, it’s sometimes hard to know if you’re on the right track. But, knowing where the rest of the pack is can …

  • News Flash: Updated Guidance on 59 and X Modifier Use Image

    articleJul 8, 2019 | 2 min. read

    News Flash: Updated Guidance on 59 and X Modifier Use

    Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a change to the way the agency will process modifier 59 and the X modifiers on provider claims. Previously, it would only unbundle NCCI edit pairs if providers submitted the appropriate modifier on the column two code . However, as this resource explains , there were times when it seemed less awkward for billers to affix the modifier to the column one code (usually, “when …

  • The Pros and Cons of In-Network Payer Relationships Image

    articleJul 3, 2019 | 5 min. read

    The Pros and Cons of In-Network Payer Relationships

    It’s hard to identify when you’re trapped in an unhealthy relationship—even if that relationship is just a professional business arrangement. Yes, it’s possible that your in-network payer relationships are verging on unhealthy, especially if payers constantly grind your gears, and you’re hesitant to renew your contracts with them. The good news is that you have no obligation to remain in-network with every payer—and, in some cases, it may be better to ditch the in-network relationships altogether. That …

  • Founder Letter: Bill to Thrill: 10 RCM Tweaks to Improve the Patient Experience in Your Practice Image

    articleJul 2, 2019 | 9 min. read

    Founder Letter: Bill to Thrill: 10 RCM Tweaks to Improve the Patient Experience in Your Practice

    I don’t want to beat around the bush: health care—physical, occupational, and speech therapy included—is expensive. But the true cost of skyrocketing healthcare spending goes beyond out-of-pocket deductibles , because patients are allowing their health to take a backseat to other expenses. Last month, I stressed the importance of winning patients for life by marketing to them throughout the entire customer lifecycle. And I don’t want to undermine the value of keeping patients engaged throughout the entire …

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