October 23, 2018, 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT
Medicare making you shout and scream?
Then join our expert compliance team!
We’ll answer all your toughest Q’s.
Because you’ve gotta know the rules, or you’re bound to lose!
If receiving accurate reimbursements were a game, Medicare would certainly be one of the toughest opponents—and that’s especially true for rehab therapists. After all, the rules are constantly changing, and it seems like Medicare is always trying to sneak in a trick play to prevent PTs, OTs, and SLPs from receiving the reimbursements they deserve. But, with the right strategy—and some spirited support from our compliance squad—you can tip the score in your favor.
With that in mind, we invite you to join us for a live question-and-answer-style webinar on Tuesday, October 23, at 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT. During this session, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, WebPT President and Co-Founder, and special guest host Rick Gawenda, PT, President and CEO of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, will:
- Provide a quick rundown of common Medicare misconceptions;
- Answer as many live audience questions as time allows; and
- Compile the rest into a post-webinar FAQ blog article.
So, collect your biggest Medicare brainbusters, and register for this can’t-miss event.
Can’t make the live session? Register anyway to receive the recording and handout—and to have an opportunity to ask us your question via email.
Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC President and Co-Founder
Rick Gawenda President/CEO at Gawenda Seminars & Consulting
Charlotte Bohnett Director of Demand Generation
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articleOct 25, 2018 | 43 min. read
Earlier this week, WebPT President Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, teamed up with Rick Gawenda, PT—President and CEO of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting—to host a Medicare Open Forum . As expected, we received more questions than our Medicare experts could answer during the live session, so we've provided the answers to the most frequently asked ones below. Don't see the answer you're looking for? Post your question in the comment section at the end of this …
articleAug 14, 2017 | 6 min. read
The US Senate recently introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act 2017 (S.1016) . If passed, the CONNECT for Health Act would remove several barriers to utilizing telehealth with Medicare patients—which would present a valuable opportunity to the physical therapy profession. Here’s why PTs should strongly consider supporting it: It will allow PTs to deliver, and receive reimbursement for, physical therapy telehealth services. As it stands, Medicare only provides …
articleJul 20, 2015 | 7 min. read
We’re all taught at a young age that it’s better to give than to receive. This saying helps children develop perspective, and even as adults, few people would argue against the moral truth of this simple axiom. In fact, I’m betting this statement really speaks to the empathetic nature of rehab therapists. Unfortunately, though, when you’re running a business (for the purposes of this blog, I’m referring to a private practice outpatient therapy clinic), you really need …
articleOct 12, 2016 | 8 min. read
Hear ye, hear ye: We hereby declare that as of January 1, 2017, all PTs and OTs must begin using a new set of CPT codes to bill for therapy evaluations and re-evaluations. Actually, if we are being perfectly accurate, we’re not declaring anything; CMS and the AMA are—and we’re merely the messengers. You might find it hard to believe, but with this CPT coding update, the evaluation and re-evaluation codes that PTs and OTs have come …
articleMay 30, 2016 | 5 min. read
“How can I avoid being audited by Medicare?” This is one of the compliance questions I hear most frequently, and the honest answer is, quite simply, that you can’t. Just because CMS or one of its auditing entities hasn’t come knocking on your door doesn’t mean you’re not being audited. In fact, every claim you submit undergoes statistical analysis, and Medicare compares your claims data to the data for all other claims submitted. Furthermore, Medicare now analyzes …
downloadDec 21, 2016
As of January 1, 2017, PTs and OTs must use a new set of CPT codes to bill for patient evaluations and re-evaluations. But, it's not a simple swap-out across the board; instead, when coding for initial evaluations, therapists must now select one of three codes, which are tiered according to the complexity of the evaluation. But, what separates a low-complexity evaluation from a moderate- or high-complexity one? And how should therapists go about making their coding …
articleOct 13, 2016 | 1 min. read
The holidays will be here before we know it—and that means PTs and OTs will be required to use the new evaluation and re-evaluation CPT codes before we know it, too. And these codes bring with them the gift of complexity. But, unlike that snowman sweater from Great Aunt Sheila, therapists can't exchange these codes; so, whether they want to or not, PTs and OTs have to learn the ins and outs of coding for evaluative complexity …
articleAug 2, 2017 | 7 min. read
Back in January, PTs and OTs experienced a pretty dramatic shift in the way they coded for initial evaluations. As you probably—hopefully—recall, this change required therapists to select evaluation CPT codes based on the complexity of each individual eval. (If this doesn’t sound familiar—or if you want a refresher on the details of the new evaluation code set—then I’d recommend reading this post ASAP.) This was a major change—one that thrust our entire profession into uncharted territory. …
articleMar 3, 2017 | 1 min. read
On January 1, 2017, new CPT codes went into effect for PT and OT evaluations and reevaluations. To use these new codes correctly, PTs and OTs must determine—and code for—the correct level of complexity associated with each patient evaluation. As with anything new, the implementation of these codes stirred up quite a few tough questions. Think you know how to use them? Test your skills on this quiz to be sure. After all, incorrect code selection could …