Patient Compliance Management | No-Show Follow Up

Are you worried about the high number of no-shows (NS) at your physical therapy practice? Your practice cannot grow or even generate a profit if too many of your patients fail to show up for their appointments. But even patients who don’t miss their appointments should always have a follow-up appointment scheduled to ensure care plan…

Physical Therapy Software | Compare Cost of Visit Documentation with EHR

You can easily reduce your visit documentation frustrations with Best PT’s xDocs. xDocs simplify and expedite your daily physical therapy documentation process. This cuts your documentation time and improves your profitability while maintaining compliance.  After all, you are not getting paid for time spent on completing or searching for documentation. So you will sleep better…

PHYSICAL THERAPY SOFTWARE | NEW NETWORK MEMBERS IN JULY 2013

In July ten new members joined bestPT. Each member strengthens bestPT’s network in the battle against the payers, so the more we grow the more we know and succeed in helping you build your dream practice with our physical therapy software and coaching services. Let’s welcome bestPT’s newest members:   Jourdan Kluger of Kid’S Creek…

Control Your Physical Therapy Claim Flow Visually Using Radar Software

Are you anxious about insurance claims payment delays? Needless to say, lack of control over your physical therapy claims process also affects your practice cash flow negatively and robs you of any peace of mind. Ultimately, your business is doomed to die if you cannot track and predict your cash flow easily. And since a…

Is your practice ready for a Medicare Audit | Part One

It is each Medicare provider’s responsibility to read and fully understand the rules and regulations that have been established for their specialty in Local Coverage Determination (LCD’s) and other official communications.  In the event of an audit or other review of your claims, it is prudent for a practice owner to expect that Medicare’s auditors…

Physical Therapy Software | How to Estimate Your Real Visit Documentation Costs

If you are trying to increase the profitability of your physical therapy practice only by adding new patients you may find yourself suffering from increased anxiety at the end of the month. Although patients are the lifeline of your business, you also need to focus on increasing your efficiency along with your patient flow. But…

Physical Therapy Software | Your Starter Kit

If you truly want to reach your practice’s potential as outlined in the Opportunity Analysis (OA), you could take advantage of available training for available system features. Granted, learning how to use a new physical therapy software system effectively to improve your practice performance can be quite challenging. But without investing the time to learn…

Physical Therapy Software | New Network Members in June 2013

In June 23 new members joined bestPT. Each member strengthens bestPT’s network in the battle against the payers, so the more we grow the more we know and succeed in helping you build your dream practice with our physical therapy software and coaching services.

How to control your physical therapy practice's cash flow

Are you stressed out over unpredictable cash flow of your physical therapy practice?  Do cash flow fluctuations keep your practice from reaching its full potential? Lack of control over your billing performance can seriously threaten the growth of your practice. Needless to say, without growth your practice will struggle to survive. To make matters worse,…

Simplify your physical therapy documentation with intuitive EHR software

If you are anxious about the new compliance standards effective Oct.1, 2014, fret not. You can rest assured that bestPT’s xDocs will automatically be updated with all required codes to make it easy for you to stay compliant. Also keep in mind that your paper forms will be pretty much obsolete. In other words, you…

How does your physical therapy practice compare? | Performance Benchmarking

By Dr. Eldad De-Medonsa, PhD and Dr. Yuval Lirov, PhD  On average, bestPT customers outperform industry profitability standards by a factor of two. In other words, the average physical therapy practice using bestPT solution generates twice as much cash-flow as her peers. The surprising aspect of this comparison is the cumulative effect of relatively small differences…

How to quantify your physical therapy practice potential in 5 steps

If you have been struggling with making your physical therapy dream practice a reality, you can discover what has been holding you back using bestPT’s Opportunity Analysis. Comparing your practice’s current performance stats in five key areas with possible improvements will reveal the full income potential, weakly performing areas, and potential savings in fees. The…

PHYSICAL THERAPY BILLING | NEW NETWORK MEMBERS in May 2013

Nine new members joined bestPT’s Physical Therapy Billing Network in May. As you well know, there is strength in numbers and as such each member strengthens the network in the battle against the payers. Let’s welcome bestPT’s newest members:  Rhonda Mack of Arizona Physical Therapy Tucson, AZ http://www.azptgo.com/  Annette Kantrowitz of Axiom PT & OT Plus Tuckahoe, NY http://axiomptandotplus.com Michelle…

How to balance physical therapy billing with patient flow and compliance

You can avoid sleepless nights and eliminate worries about your physical therapy practice’s performance by using bestPT’s Radar Chart to monitor the health of your practice. Practice management is a balancing act of optimizing multiple aspects of your physical therapy practice simultaneously so you can reach your goal of building your dream practice. Tracking physical therapy…

Improve workflow and staff accountability with task management tickets

Are you worried that some of your staff members might forget to complete any of the mandatory ten tasks for each new patient visiting your physical therapy clinic on any given day? With approximately 300 weekly new-patient-tasks to be accomplished, physical therapists can gain peace of mind by using ticket macros that assign certain tickets…

Physical Therapy Claims Processing | Most-paid CPT codes

You can increase your profitability by analyzing which physical therapy billing codes result in the most paid claims each month and then set new monthly practice management goals that include the frequent use of these. For example, we took a look at bestPT numbers from 2012 and discovered that only 180 CPT codes were used by…

Increase your clinic's profitability with EHR

You can save valuable time and improve your physical therapy clinic’s profitability by switching from paper patient documentation to digital xDocs. Use of xDocs has been proven to boost overall physical therapy billing performance in our clients’ practices. An xDoc is simply an intuitive digital form, not unlike your own paper forms, that is integrated into…

Custom-Made EMR For Ease-of-Use and Compliance

You can keep using your favorite physical therapy billing forms on bestPT’s ONC-certified system. No doubt it took you years to create the perfect physical therapy billing forms for your practice. They are easy to use and help communicate your unique physical therapy expertise to referring doctors or insurance companies. Most physical therapy practice owners associate a…

Physical Therapy Compliance | Stay compliant with ICD-10

The International Classification of Diseases, “ICD Codes” were originally developed to track how people died. In 1948, just after the creation of the World Health Organization, a committee was put together to establish one version to represent all countries. Subsequently ICD codes were used to track diseases and injuries and to find patterns that might…

Physical Therapy Billing | New network members

We are excited about welcoming the following new members to our bestPT Billing network this month: Erin Sheehan of Big Sky Pediatric Therapy Austin, TX  http://www.bigskyfriends.com/ Jamie Duva Trafford of Bit-By-Bit Fort Lauderdale, FL http://bitbybittherapy.com/ Diane and Anthony Marullo of East End Occupational Therapy Ronkonkoma, NY                  Laurie Lancaster of Nova House Calls Therapy And Wellness Stone…

Physical Therapy Billing | Integrated documentation offers simple solution

“BestPT has been extremely helpful in customizing the new documentation that we are going to need.” -Kathleen Pegues, MS, OTR/L Bit-By-Bit Therapeutic Riding Center Pompano Beach, Florida  and Davie, Florida “Documentation as part of our physical therapy billing process at this point of time is a work in progress.  We just recently received new requirements…

Physical Therapy Billing | Patient Education Improves Rehabilitation Results

Statistics show that PT patients retain less than seven percent of what is explained to them through traditional methods of physical therapists. Surveys also show that the lack of understanding by the patient of their condition is the number one reason for patient visit cancellations, a poor clinical experience and inadequate treatment plan compliance. Solution…

Physical Therapy Billing | How Nick Roselli Regained Control Over His Practice – a Case Study

“My cash flow is not only better, but it is consistent. The results have been substantial in the last eight months. I have seen my per visit reimbursement go up by 27% and have been able to pay down all my debts.” says Nick Roselli, OTR/L, CHT, the owner of Nick Roselli Occupational Therapy.   Nick…

Physical Therapy Billing | Easily locate patient medical records

Your bestPT physical therapy billing software gives you complete access to and control of your xDocs from virtually anywhere within our platform so that you can easily update and all of your patients’ medical records. Each note is given a unique identification number upon creation. Its name depends on the record creation method, and there are two…

Physical Therapy | Patient education improves compliance

In a recent survey on the benefits of patient education used by physical therapists the general consensus was that educated patients are more compliant with their care plans. “It would add immensely to the comfort a patient has with his/her diagnosis and make them both more compliant in taking their medications as well as feeling more empowered…

Physical Therapy Billing | Simplify patient data collection with EHR Kiosk

  XDocs are now integrated with your bestPT physical therapy software as Kiosk login so that your patients can fill out their patient intake forms right at the time of check-in.  The xDoc will be saved in the patient’s account, eliminating the need for your Front Desk to compile the paperwork. Interested in adding this feature?…

Physical Therapy Software | Improve Productivity

A physical therapy practice management system downloads free-floating, uncompleted tasks  that may be clogging your brain and turns them into an effective framework of action items. In other words, it’s a system that pushes action items to you to free your mind from minute details while allowing you to focus on the big picture and…

How many physical therapy fee schedules does your practice use?

What is the right way to handle your physical therapy billing fee schedule(s)? Do you use just one fee schedule or do you create multiple fee schedules for each of your insurance companies? Some compliance officers that bestPT works with recommend to have a single fee schedule and to write off or adjust wherever necessary,…

Physical Therapy Billing | Tips for a smooth ICD-10 transition

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offers some suggestions to ensure that your practice has a smooth transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.  As your physical therapy practice management solution bestPT wants to ensure that you are ready for the change over before it takes effect. Your SPOC is ready to help you plan for your practice’s transition…

Physical Therapy Software | EHR software boosts compliance

Paper is used everywhere in healthcare, including at your physical therapy practice. From intake forms to basic tests, paper is used to document information and test results.  One common form that is used across the country is the Dynamic Gait Form that was adapted from Shumway-Cook & Woollacott Motor Control: Theory and Practical Applications, 1995. This form is on…

Health Care Fraud: The Government's Medical Speed Trap?

In a press release from the the Department of Health & Human Services regarding changes in healthcare last July the Obama administration announced a ground-breaking public-private partnership to prevent health care fraud: “Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the launch of a ground-breaking partnership among the…

Physical Therapy Billing | Member Profile: Kathleen Pegues talks about EHR software at work

Kathleen Pegues, Occupational Therapist and CEO of Bit by Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, says “Because of our partnership with bestPT, Bit by Bit is now able to concentrate on patient care. More focus on growing our business; less focus on administration, billing and paperwork.” A change to a new SOAP note system is often difficult because it…

Physical Therapy Billing | Referral Stimulus Program

By Thomas Champine One of the biggest advantages of choosing bestPT as your physical therapy billing software is the shared knowledge base that we use to fight the insurance giants, a.k.a. the Network Effect. Every day the payers change physical therapy documentation requirements and claims submission rules to make it more difficult for providers to get paid.…

Physical Therapy Billing | Monthly Health Check

By Thomas Champine Just like there are Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for your patients to improve, we have defined the KPIs for your practice. Your physical therapy practice’s financial health is reviewed and assessed at every Monthly Health Check (MHC) that you have with your SPOC. Charges, Collections, Visits, No Shows, No Future Appointments and…

Welcome new Physical Therapists to the bestPT Billing Team!

We have added new bestPT users to our system.  These additional sources of input dramatically increase our Network Effect.  Welcome to the team! Paul Gugerty – At Home Physical Therapy. Courtland, NY Lisa Gugerty – At Home Physical Therapy. Courtland, NY Allison Held – Bit by Bit, Inc. Ft. Lauderdale, FL Holly Burkhardt–Kid’s Creek, Inc.  Suwanee,…

Physical Therapy Software | EHR software saves you time and money on documentation

By Thomas Champine Switching your physical therapy documentation from paperless to digital can save you time and money. The best part is that you can completely customize xDocs to match your existing paper documentation. Introducing XDocs XDocs is the result of a large and ongoing collaboration between you ( our clients) and bestPT to streamline our physical…

Physical Therapy Billing | How to be profitable and compliant

Excerpt from Medical Billing Networks and Processes – Profitable and Compliant Revenue Cycle Management in the Internet Age By Yuval Lirov  “Patient loyalty is the key to continued physical therapy billing success in terms of both recurring and new revenue. As long as patients keep returning to your physical therapy practice, you maintain revenue stability –…

Physical Therapy Software | Choosing the right features

By Thomas Champine In part 1 and part 2 of this series on physical therapy software and practice management we highlighted the anticipated results of the expected increase in our patient population due to baby boomers as well as some operational considerations that must be met by your physical therapy practice to manage this shift. In today’s final installment we will…

PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE MANAGEMENT | Expanding your practice

By Thomas Champine In part 1 of this series on physical therapy software and practice management we focused on the anticipated results of the aging baby boomer population on the health care system in the United States. Today, I would like to cover the second question that we raised and that was “Are you ready for a massive…

Physical Therapy Patient Care | Are You Ready for the Overwhelming Impact of our Aging Patient Population?

By Thomas Champine At the start of the new millennium 12.4 percent of the population in the United States was 65+. By 2030 that number is expected to rise to 19.6 percent, an increase of over 35 million people. The baby boomer generation, people born roughly between 1946 and 1964, is the largest generation in America. This…

Physical Therapy Practice Management | Monthly Health Check: Is Red bad?

As part of your physical therapy software and practice management solution, every month your SPOC has a Monthly Health Check (MHC) with you. These are designed to review the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and Metrics that most attribute to the success of your physical therapy practice. It also gives us time to review the opportunities…

Physical Therapy Software | Billing System Features

In an effort to improve our clients’ physical therapy software user experience, we are offering a plethora of useful billing system features and constantly improve our billing system to help you manage your practice better. Through the Network Effect, we are able to evolve our physical therapy software and practice program to better suit your…

Physical Therapy Billing | Medicare Reimbursements at Risk

We recently identified practices that CMS is requiring re-validation of your NPI and Tax ID credentialing directly with CMS in order to receive medicare reimbursements.  If you or your practice have not re-validated your credentialing recently with CMS, they may require you to re-validate in the very near future.   According to Medicare, any practice that they have targeted should receive…

Physical Therapy Billing | How to Avoid Common Version 5010 Claims Rejections

The deadline for the Version 5010 upgrade was Jan. 1, 2012 and the enforcement discretion period for all HIPAA-covered entities to complete their upgrade to the Version 5010 electronic standards ended on June 30, 2012. The Version 5010 transaction standards have different requirements than those of Version 4010 and 4010A. There are a few things…

Physical Therapy Billing | Future EMR – What can we expect in 2020?

By Yuval Lirov, PhD and Michael Walsh, PT (first published in Impact, April 2012) Future physical therapy patient documentation systems will be faster, easier to use, cheaper, and better integrated in your entire practice. But how much faster? How much easier? How much cheaper? Are such improvements predictable and where can we look for guidance? What specific…

Physical Therapy Billing | SWAT Team

By Jason Barnes, COO We are proud to introduce our new physical therapy billing SWAT team!  They are tasked with solving large-scale and complex physical therapy billing problems that fall beyond the expertise of your account manager and billing team. This new addition to our team packs over 50 years of physical therapy billing, practice management,…

Physical Therapy Software | ONC-ATCB Certification

Your bestPT team is proud to announce that Vericle – the software you rely on for your practice management, scheduling, visit documentation, and billing – has achieved 2011/2012 COMPLETE EHR ONC-ATCB Certification. This certification means that Vericle is capable of supporting you with Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify to receive $44,000 to $63,750 in federal…

Physical Therapy Billing | Compound factors in charge computation

How to compute the impact on your physical therapy billing charges due to reduction in patient visits, service units, or charge per unit  One of my favorite Physical Therapy clients recently voiced a concern about his billing.  I asked if he has seen any other changes in his physical therapy practice, such as patient visits,…

Medical Billing Book Review: If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9 1/2 Things You Would Do Differently

Fred Lee, the author of If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9.5 Things you would do differently, has great story-telling talent and a unique combination of first-hand experience working at hospitals and Disney. This book compares the workflows and cultures at both and teaches us how to design modern hospital patient interactions for success. It turns…

Physical Therapy Billing | Would you pay for your services?

Physical therapy profitability really depends to a great extent on how much your patients value and like your services.Harvey Schmiedeke, President of Survival Strategies and author of Keys to Private Practice Success used to have a client in a northern US border area (p. 134). “Canada as you know has socialized healthcare, supposedly offering everything for…

Physical Therapy Billing | Client Testimonial by Shecanna Seeley, DPT

Client Testimonial by Shecanna Seeley, DPT Patients come to Indiana State University because they expect more. In fact the tag-line at ISU is “More. From Day One.” That’s why Shecanna Seeley, Director of Rehab Services at ISU chose bestPT. In her words: “Our experience with bestPT has been very positive. The ability to obtain instant,…

Physical Therapy Billing | Client Testimonial by Joe O'Connor, PT

Client Testimonial by Joe O’Connor “My name is Joe O’Connor, I’m a physical therapist. I’ve been the full owner of this practice for upwards of about 15 years now. Over time we just grew because we developed relationships with the local health centers, and some of the local orthopedic surgeons. You have to have a…

Physical Therapy Profitability | Staff Compensation Strategies – Part III

How to Select the Right Incentives to Improve Your Bottom Line By Yuval Lirov, PhD, Dave Macolino, and Kevin McGovern, DPT “So, why don’t we move all of my staff on commission?” asked Peter. “That’s the right business approach,” responded Alicia, “except most people do not have self-confidence and productivity to work on pure commission.…

Wellness | Calculating calories burned during exercise for weight loss

Trying to lose some weight and get into better shape, I started going to the gym. Since my pounds are not melting away I decided to calculate calorie consumption. Usually I’m lifting weights and using the elliptical. The elliptical is specifying how many calories I consume and it’s ~115 per 10 minutes but how much…

G-Codes: Another curve ball from Medicare

By Rebecca Harwood – SWAT  Medicare is now requiring that G-Codes and C-modifiers are included on your physic claims and in your documentation. Not only do you as the provider need to change the way you bill but also the way you document. This change is very complex and can not be done from your…

Physical Therapy Patient Care | New Milon Exercise Equipment

By Steve Messineo How New Milon Exercise Equipment Will Help Your Patients with Long Term Wellness and Increase Your Practice Revenues In June of 2012 I met the President of Milon USA, a company promoting a line of circuit training equipment that has become extremely popular in European health clubs and physical therapy clinics. Milon…

Active Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain Associated With Better Outcomes

A recent study published in Spine shows that active physical therapy for patients with acute low back pain is associated with better clinical outcomes. APTA concurs on decreased use of prescription medications, MRI, and epidural injections; and lower health care costs than passive physical therapy. The study consisted of a retrospective review of 471 patients, ages…

Physical Therapy Profitability | Staff Compensation Strategies – Part II

By Yuval Lirov, PhD, Dave Macolino, and Kevin McGovern, DPT Continued from Physical Therapy Profitability | Staff Compensation Strategies – Part I.   Peter went to college with Katherine. They graduated together and were good friends. Katherine opened her physical therapy practice four years ago and was in the process of opening her fourth location. She…

Physical Therapy Practice Marketing | Automated Patient Reminder Calls

By Zsolt Halmos, CEO, ReminderCall.net Physical Therapy Practice Marketing strategies include automated patient reminder calls to grow your physical therapy practice. This will help you provide a valued service and projecting a cutting-edge image. Here’s how to add inexpensive and effective automated reminder calls to your physical therapy practice marketing arsenal: Focus on the patients you…

Physical Therapists & Insurers: Working Together for the Patient

Physical therapists provide high quality health care that is covered by most health insurance companies. They help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients with injuries or disease. They also restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. The use of physical therapy benefits both the patient and the…

Physical Therapy Billing | Integrated bestPT and WebPT service

Integrating bestPT physical therapy billing software with WebPT EMR software provides the best hybrid physical therapy billing solution. A charge created in WebPT travels to Vericle physical therapy billing software platform for electronic submission, financial reporting, and meticulous followup. In a June EMR Monthly, WebPT Member Spotlight writes about McGovern Physical Therapy Associates: “For 9…

WELCOME new PTs the bestPT Billing Network TEAM!

Heather McDiarmid of Arizona Physical Therapy – Tucson, AZ http://www.azptgo.com Laura Wergen of Axiom Pt & Ot Plus – Tuckahoe, NY http://axiomptandotplus.com  Jody Ritter of Big Sky Pediatric Therapy – Austin,  http://www.bigskyfriends.com  Paul Varghese of Healing Star Physical Therapy And Wellness – Long Branch, NJ http://healingstarpt.com  Patricia Parekh of Kid’S Creek – Suwanee, GA http://www.kidscreektherapy.com  Alicia Esparza of Taos…

Physical Therapy Practice | ACL Rehab Exercises

By Elizabeth Quinn, About.com Guide (About.com Health’s Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical Review Board) If you treat anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries at y0ur Physical Therapy Practice  the following ACL Rehab Exercises exercises can get your patients back on the road to recovery. Physical Therapy Practice | ACL Rehab Exercises you can do as tolerated:…

Physical Therapy Billing | Track claims to improve cash flow

“With bestPT I can track claims by payer or by patient. I can track by almost anything you can think of.” – Dr. Kevin McGovern, DPT, McGovern Physical Therapy Associates North Shore, Massachusetts   My name is Dr. Kevin McGovern. I’m a physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach. I own McGovern Physical Therapy Associates.…

Physical Therapy Profitability | Staff Compensation Strategies – Part I

By Yuval Lirov, PhD, Dave Macolino, and Kevin McGovern, DPT “It’s ten minutes past eleven at night…Where is Peter?” Alicia asked herself as she woke up from dozing in front of the TV with their daughter, Jessica. She was pleased to hear the sounds of an unlocking door and Peter walking in. He looked exhausted…

Physical Therapy Billing | Practice Growth

An Interview with Shaun Kirk, President of Measurable Solutions BestPT Physical Therapy practice management software partnered with Measurable Solutions to help clients grow their practices, manage staff and improve overall efficiency and net profits. Dave Macolino reached out to Shaun Kirk, President and Co–Founder of Measurable Solutions. Shaun wanted to know more about our products and…

Physical Therapy Software | teamwork and software usability

“Once you get the hang of it, to open a ticket and send it where on your team it needs to go and just watch how quickly you guys respond back is great.” – David Alben, Clinic Director, Axiom Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, Tuckahoe, New York David Alben: “The system is really only as good as…

Physical Therapy Practice Profitability | Real Cost of EMR

Calculate physical therapy practice profitability by discovering the real cost of documentation and EMR. “The real problem is that even with a 20-minute SOAP note, I need a tremendous amount of time just for documentation. Peter wearily continued, “If I had 4,000 visits a year, I could make $312,000 a year. But even with the…

Physical Therapy Practice Management | Referrals and Patient Flow

“If I haven’t had a patient from this doctor in a while, I’ll hit him with a text message, “Hey do you want to go out and have dinner, haven’t seen you in a while.” Keep that relationship strong, that’s the key.” – Mike Walsh, PT Dover, Delaware [youtube_video] 1rsnNRj6klI [/youtube_video] Michael Walsh, PT: I…

Physical Therapy Software | Documentation System

How to Measure the Impact of Your Physical Therapy  Documentation System on Your Bottom Line By Amy Griffin, PT, Yuval Lirov, PhD, and Dave Macolino Peter felt great this morning. He was happy to jump on his exercise bike, stretch his lower back and hamstrings, get a quick shower, and head straight to his physical…

PT Clinic Control 5 | People, Process, and Technology

 Work Smarter, Not Harder By Chris Martin A physical therapy practice owner must get used to thinking about his or her time in terms of revenues and costs, and a successful enterprise must generate more revenue than costs. The top three reasons for sub-optimal practice performance are problems in any of the components of the service: namely,…

Physical Therapy Billing | Networks and processes

A Must Read for Every Owner of a Rehab or Physical Therapy Practice Yaffa Liebermann (Prime Rehabilitation Services, Inc. 220 White Plains Road, Suite 550, Terrytown, NY 10591) This review is from: Medical Billing Networks and Processes – Profitable and Compliant Revenue Cycle Management in the Internet Age (Hardcover) Physical therapists have a strong background…

Analysis of Windmill Pitching Shows Risk of Injury to Biceps in Softball Players

Source: Rush University Medical Center Contrary to common belief, softball pitching subjects the biceps to high forces and torques when the player’s arm swings around to release the ball, according to an analysis of muscle firing patterns conducted at Rush University Medical Center. Published in the current issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine,…

Physical Therapy Software | Customizing SOAP Notes

Build your Dream Practice by Customizing your Physical Therapy SOAP Notes Imperfect documentation of patient visits at your physical therapy practice can lower your revenue by taking time away from other income-producing activities. Even worse, a slow documentation system accumulates backlogs of undocumented visits, increasing your risk of failing a post-payment audit. By using digital…

Physical Therapy Software | Customized Reports

“And you have that flexible report generator, which is super, so that different people and different levels of need and sophistication in managing a physical therapy billing system can get what they want out of the system.” – David Alben, Clinic Director, Axiom Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Tuckahoe, New York Axiom PT & OT sees 850…

Wellness | Physical Therapist Gives Running Injury Prevention Tips

There’s a difference between throbbing your-legs-are-tired pain, and sharp you-need-to-stop pain. The throbbing pain is easier to manage than the sharp pain, said local physical therapist Jennifer Frontiero of Wind City Physical Therapy. Running is hard on joints, and while there may be pain — mainly dull, tired pain — you need to be careful…

Wellness | The Adult Presidential Fitness Test

There are two types of fitness: Performance-related fitness is linked to athletic performance (for example: a 50-yard dash time or the ability to maneuver around obstacles quickly) and is linked to speed, reaction time, and coordination. Health-related fitness is linked to fitness components that may lower risks such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or low…

Physical Therapy Billing | 2012 – L Codes (DME Braces) Analysis

During 2012 we have seen growth in the usage of L-codes in physical therapy billing , the overall contribution of L code to the total collections is still negligible. Only 10% of physical therapy practices have used L codes in their physical therapy billing during 2012, for these practices the overall L codes related revenues averaged 0.9% of…

PT Clinic Control 4 | Physical Therapy Software Systems Integration and Optimization

Best Practices for physical therapy software systems integration and optimization By Diane McCutcheon Chris Martin: Let’s see…we spoke about the three service components: process, people, and technology. We spoke about how to control the people and technology components and how to compute your priorities. Diane, can you elaborate on the process component? Diane McCutcheon: Most physical…

Physical Therapy Practice Management | Business Plan Checklist

A physical therapy clinic, rehab company, or any smart business owner should always start with a business plan. It will help you stay focused on your end product through actions and results. Your business plan will help you decide who you will service, where you will do it, how it will be funded and what…

Physical Therapy Billing |Turning Visits into Cash

“If you can’t get paid for the work you do, you can’t pay your staff, can’t pay your rent, and you can’t provide good quality service.” – David Alben, Clinic Director, Axiom Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Tuckahoe, New York Axiom PT & OT sees 850 monthly visits and has six full time PTs, two OTs,…

Physical Therapists Against Physician Owned Physical Therapy Services

There are two bills, AB 783 which would legalize physician-owned physical therapy services, and AB 374, which would license ATCs and allow consumers to “directly access” care provided by them. Both bills are coming from the CMA’s favorite legislator – Mary Hayashi. We Need One Minute of Your Time to Sign the Petition: “Recognizing the…

Physical Therapy Practice Management | How to Grow Your Small Business

When you are just starting out as physical therapy practice owner, staff training should be one of your top priorities. Having a skilled, well-versed staff will ensure a) they are intimate with your company products, services, and mission, b) they can contribute to the growth and expansion of the business, and c) know how to…

Physical Therapy Billing | most used CPT codes 2012

Readers have asked us to add “by specialty” analysis, hence we looked at PT (065) OT (067) and SLP (235Z00000X). Naturally there is way more resemblance between PT and OT than with SLP. Very few CPT codes are responsible for the majority of the “action”: 9 CPT codes were used in 87% of all PT…

Physical Therapy Billing | BestPT is ready for Medicare changes!

There are new reporting requirement and billing requirements that go into effect in 2013. They started in January, but will not be required until July 31, 2013 so now is the time to learn about them! BestPT wants to make sure you have all of the information that you need to stay ahead of the…

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Physical Therapy Billing | Welcome to the BestPT team!

Welcome New Members to the bestPT Team! Ten New members joined bestPT in August 2014. Each of our new members benefit from and contributes to our network strength.  A billing problem solved for one practice will then be automatically applied to all of our clients. Let’s welcome bestPT newest members! Ryan and Jordan Thompson of…

Wellness | The Role of Physical Therapists in Treating and Preventing Obesity

As more and more physical therapists are becoming Doctors in Physical Therapy, I think it is important that we take a step up from what we are “used to doing” and start treating patients as whole instead of just addressing their injuries.  Fortunately, I am not alone in this view as more PT clinics are…

PT Clinic Control 3 | Costs-Benefit Analysis of Documentation

Best practices for physical therapy billing [youtube_video] GbOZpWZGLIw [/youtube_video] Chris Martin: So, are you saying that the cost of visit documentation is much higher than just the cost of the SOAP system [as part of the physical therapy billing process] because it takes YOUR time to document? Dave Macolino: Precisely. The practice owner’s time is the…

Physical Therapy | Should I start a new business or buy an existing one?

Are you interested in buying an existing Physical Therapy practice or do you have what it takes to start a rehab company of your own? Only you can decide! This article from the Small Business Association can help. Don’t let insurance reimbursement stop you from fulfilling your dreams of owning your own business. BestPTcan take…

Physical Therapy Billing | BestPT gets me paid

Jason Barnes: You’re spending 30 minutes a day on your physical therapy billing? Michael Walsh, PT: Max yeah. Jason Barnes: Does that include documentation? Michael Walsh: That would include documentation. [youtube_video] hhBacYFiNA0 [/youtube_video] On a busy day, say like Monday is my heavy AR day, you guys have it all posted by Wednesday or Thursday…

Tips for Aspiring Physical Therapy Entrepreneurs

If you opt to launch your own practice in physical therapy (PT) or occupational therapy (OT), you’ll need a brain for business and a knack for marketing yourself. Don’t take the plunge without evaluating whether your potential business has what it takes to stay afloat. Here are six tips for aspiring therapy entrepreneurs. Ask Yourself…

Top 10 Physical Therapy And Rehabilitation Golden Opportunities!

Physical Therapists and private practice rehabilitation owners continuously struggle with ways of marketing their services to the community where they provide services. We advertise, develop web sites and create elaborate marketing materials. In this marketing campaign, we often overlook our most valuable resources; ourselves and our staff. Every day, in every thing we do, we…

Physical Therapy Billing | Best Practices from Michael Walsh, PT

Michael Walsh, PT: I’m doing my documentation as I go. The hardest thing for me is if I become swamped or have a patient who just kind of shows up and they’re a new patient. [youtube_video] hhBacYFiNA0 [/youtube_video] I’ve got some establish patients here and stuff like that, I’ll make notes occasionally you know little…

Physical Therapy Software | How to get what you want in your own clinic Part 2

Chris Martin interviews Dave Macolino Chris Martin: Let me guess, now…Any service has three components: process, people, and technology. Diane tells us that the people component is about control and it starts with the owner…Dave, are you going to tell me that control is the most important part of technology too and it too starts…

APTA Guide for Professional Conduct for Physical Therapists

Purpose This Guide for Professional Conduct (Guide) is intended to serve physical therapists in interpreting the Code of Ethics (Code) of the American Physical Therapy Association (Association), in matters of professional conduct. The Guide provides guidelines by which physical therapists may determine the propriety of their conduct. It is also intended to guide the professional…

Physical Therapy Curriculum | Board of Directors Updates Coursework

Physical Therapy Curriculum updated. At its October 11. 2007 conference call, the FSBPT Board of Directors increased the current credit requirements in the Coursework Evaluation Tool effective April 1, 2008: General coursework: From 54 to 60 credits Non Clinical Professional Education: From 46 to 67 credits Total Professional Education: From 69 to 90 credits Total…

Hippotherapy as a Treatment Tool for Physical Therapists

Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment tool that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes. Equine movement provides multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control,…

Fair OT Coverage Under Medicare: LCDs FAQ

How to Advocate for Fair OT Coverage Under Medicare: LCDs FAQ Regional Medicare Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) are undergoing some changes. Under the Medicare Program, Medicare contracts with regional corporate entities that process and pay claims for services provided in their regions which may range from one state to multiple states to parts of states.…

Physical Therapy Software is used by Mike Walsh, PT.

Physical Therapy Software | bestPT gets me paid – Michael Walsh, PT

Billing Dynamix and bestPT gets Michael Walsh, PT “PAID” at his Physical Therapy Practice How? By using the physical therapy software that was developed with physical therapy practices in mind.  The documentation can be completed in a matter of clicks and the claim scrubbers ensure quick payment from the notoriously slow Payers.

Physical Therapy Business Control | How Do You Get What You Want in Your Own Clinic? Part 1

Chris Martin interviews Diane McCutcheon Chris: In your experience, what are the top 3 reasons for sub-optimal practice performance, Diane? Diane: Any service has 3 key components: process, people, and technology. When the practice owner neglects any one of them or fails to operate all three of them correctly, the practice starts operating sub-optimally, or…