The State Compact Storm: What Hurricane Harvey Taught Us About Interstate Licensure

The aftermath of September 2017 will not soon be forgotten. Early on in the month, Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston and left massive, widespread destruction in its path. Irma followed quickly thereafter, wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and Florida. Now, Maria has left Puerto Rico devastated in its wake. At the same time, wildfires ravaged the Pacific Northwest. And while…

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The New CPT Codes: A Battle Cry for Better Data to Support the Future of PT and OT Reimbursements

 

In January of this year, physical and occupational therapists had to learn an entirely new set of CPT codes to properly account for the complexity of their patients’ initial evaluations. This change represented quite a shift for our industry. After all, when these new codes were first proposed, payment was going to correlate with complexity. In other words, the…

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The DPT Dilemma: Is This Really the Answer to the PT Branding Problem?

Everywhere I look, there’s a constant stream of dialogue. You can hardly check your email or log in to your social media accounts without being confronted by a passionate narrative or heated debate. It’s a byproduct of the “age of information,” and for some, this environment is invigorating—eliciting action and fervor. For others, it’s completely overwhelming…

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What I Learned at HIMSS: PTs Are Health Care’s Forgotten Provider

Out of sight; out of mind. You’ve probably heard that saying before. Maybe you’ve even repeated it to yourself when you’re trying to ignore something—you know, to keep it from distracting or upsetting you. After attending the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, however, I’ve started to…

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Fighting the Proposed Orthotics and Prosthetics Provider Requirements

Amassing a slew of professional healthcare certifications and designations—the “alphabet soup” of letters—after your name means putting in a lot of hard work. And I think I speak for many PTs and OTs when I say that earning these credentials not only puts us in a special league, but also demonstrates a commitment to ourselves and our profession…

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Long Live Quality Data Analysis

By now, you know that CMS has officially discontinued PQRS for 2017—and, because PTs, OTs, and SLPs aren’t eligible to participate in MIPS (PQRS’s more comprehensive replacement program) until 2019, rehab therapists aren’t required to complete this type of quality data reporting for at least the next two years. For many providers, this has been cause…

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What to Do About the New PT and OT Eval Codes

For the last decade or so, healthcare providers—including rehab therapists—have faced a seemingly endless supply of new rules, regulations, and requirements. And many of these initiatives (including PQRS, FLR, and ICD-10) have directly—and negatively—impacted our payments and/or our time, both of which can have serious ramifications for our bottom lines. With that in mind…

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