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3 Takeaways from APTA PPS 2017


I had the pleasure of attending and exhibiting at the APTA PPS 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago Nov 1-4.  It is always a well-attended show with private practice owners, clinicians, and vendors learning and sharing with one another about process,…

CMS Final Rule and Impact to the Therapy Cap


  At the end of October, I blogged about a bipartisan proposal to repeal the therapy cap exception process for OT/PT/SLP.  This bipartisan effort was through the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the House Energy…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

FAQs from our What You Need to Know About the IRF PPS 2018 Final Rule Webinar


Earlier this month, clinical consultant Virginia Littlepage presented a webinar packed with all the information you need about the IRF PPS 2018 final rule and what changes to expect for FY19. We compiled the most commons questions and their answers…

Written by: Virginia Littlepage on Thursday, November 2, 2017 Inpatient Rehab, IRFPPS 2018 Final Rule

Therapy Cap Repeal on the Table Again

therapy cap repeal 2018

On Oct. 26, 2017, a bipartisan proposal was announced to repeal the infamous “therapy cap” for OT/PT/SLP. This bipartisan effort is through the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. What…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Front Office: Gatekeeper for Your Rehab Facility


At most rehabilitation facilities, the “front office” and/or the admissions coordinator shoulders a variety of responsibilities, including facilitating the intake process and serving as a liaison between his or her organization and its referral sources. As a critical cog in…

Written by: John Wolf on Thursday, October 19, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

Three-Hour Rule NOT Defined: How to interpret regulations when black-and-white guidelines do not exist


I was recently asked whether there was evidence somewhere to support that patients discharged on day seven do not have to receive three hours of therapy for at least five days of the week. I immediately went to my trusty…

Written by: Virginia Littlepage on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Inpatient Rehab, 3-hour rule, inpatient rehabilitation

Happy National PT Month!

national pt month

Every fall, physical therapists celebrate the profession’s transformative power during a month of outreach, reflection, and focused communication. October’s National Physical Therapy Month turns 25 this year, and practitioners around the country are taking the opportunity to raise awareness for…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Thursday, October 12, 2017 Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab

3 Tips to More Rehab Referrals

Physical Therapy Referral and Authorization Software

Hospital outpatient (HOP) rehabilitation facilities rely on referrals to achieve performance goals. A recent webinar from the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association identified three vital areas you need to focus on to send more referrals to your hospital’s rehab facility: 1. Remain…

Written by: John Wolf on Monday, October 2, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

The Hidden Cost of “Free” Software


In the always-present quest to ensure that your organization is utilizing software with value-added features and workflows, there are many factors to consider. Let me focus on just one of those considerations today — the one consideration that drives most…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Thursday, September 28, 2017

In-Network vs. Out-of-Network: Which is Right for You?

in network vs out of network

When starting up new clinics, rehab professionals often wonder if they should choose in-network or out-of-network payment systems. There’s no right or wrong answer, but there are a few differences to keep in mind as you decide what’s best for…