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Medicare’s Therapy Cap for Outpatient Rehab


The therapy cap exception process for use of the KX modifier and the manual medical review (MMR) process expired at the end of 2017.  That means that without a change or an extension of the therapy cap exceptions process, beneficiaries…

Written by: Shawn Hewitt on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Outpatient Rehab

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

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: Shawn Hewitt on Thursday, October 19, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

Happy National PT Month!

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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: Shawn Hewitt on Monday, October 2, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

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

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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…

Patient Engagement in a Digital World

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As I am preparing to write this blog, I find myself torn between writing it in the mindset of a clinical product manager of software OR as a patient that receives care. Bear with me. I will probably bounce back…

Increase Referrals by Fostering Community

physical therapy documentation software

When administering care in your private practice, building relationships with your patients is as important as providing high-quality care. Communication shouldn’t stop the moment a patient walks out the door but should continue throughout the recovery process and after his…

Written by: Mediware Bloggers on Monday, August 28, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

Using G-Codes and Severity Modifiers in Your FLR Coding

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Avoid the pitfalls of FLR coding, so you can be adequately paid for your therapy services. In order to get paid from Medicare, whether it’s the primary or secondary payer, CMS requires that therapists report patients’ functional limitations at initial…

Written by: Allie Shook on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Outpatient Rehab

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