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PPS Strategically Targets Payment at a Local Level

Payment is quite possibly the number one concern of physical therapists in private practice. Many insurance companies have cut payment by 25 to 40 percent during the last five years.

By Paul Gaspar, PT, DPT, CCS

Study Sheds Light on Insurance Companies' Policies - A recent Marquette University study assessed payer policies of the three largest health care payers in each state.

Those who know me well know that I am a huge proponent of federalization of insurance laws. Now, before you stop reading, let me make it clear that I am not referring to a single payer system but a system where one set of laws are applied in all 50 states (just like interstate banking and commerce laws).

By Jim Hall, CPA

Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement, Part 2

Last month, I wrote an article providing a general overview of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented on April 1, 2016, in 67 geographic areas impacting approximately 800 hospitals that are paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).

By Rick Gawenda, PT


PPS Payment Policy Committee Update

Keeping Pace with Change


Change continues to dominate the payment landscape for Private Practice Section (PPS) members and health care providers across the spectrum. The challenge of keeping pace with change and innovating clinic operations can be daunting at times. The Payment Policy Committee works diligently to be aware of payer and market changes as well as to develop and deliver practical resources for PPS members. Read More


Begin with the End in Mind


I'm not sure about the rest of you, but the first thing I think of when I think of human resources is my onboarding process for my first hospital job. I had a lot of paperwork to fill out, a lot of tests to take, a few long days of orientation (during which I struggled to stay awake), and then finally I could start doing the job I wanted to do. I never even thought about Human Resources after that initial process because all of my other interactions were with my supervisor or director.Read More


Advocacy in Action

They Need You - Engage with candidates this campaign season: It is August in an election year. While many things are uncertain in this incredible election cycle, one thing is for sure - candidates are pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, kissing babies, and eager to meet as many constituents as possible in order to earn as many votes as they can.
By Alpha Lillstrom Cheng, JD, MA

Administrator's Edge

HR 101 - The art of managing people: As a practice owner, or human resources (HR) manager, it is important to recognize that your most valuable asset is your staff.
By Kim Stamp

Book Review

Tough Love Performance Reviews, in 10 Minutes: Harvard Business Review’s article “Tough Love Performance Reviews, in 10 Minutes,” by Mona Patel, offers yet another alternative to the traditional performance review.
By Mona Patel | Review By Kelly Sanders, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC


Protecting Your Practice When Regulations Reign - In the business and human resources (HR) worlds, news of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations reigned: No doubt everyone has heard by now that on May 18th the US Department of Labor filed these “final” FLSA regulations.
By Christine V. Walters


Developing Mini-Marketers During Onboarding: Whether for a physical therapist or administrative staff member, the onboarding or orientation process is an important time for any new employee in any practice.
By Michelle Collie, PT, DPT, MS, OCS


What I Believe: The following is adapted from a talk Sam Brown, PT, DPT, CSCS, gave at the Graham Sessions in 2015.
By Sam Brown, PT, DPT, CSCS

PPS On The Move

Member Spotlight
Jarod Carter, PT, DPT

Why They Buy - Marketing Field Trip
Summer is a great time for your practice to take a field trip. How about taking a marketing field trip in your community?
By Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT

Five-Minute Fix: Spell It Out
You are going to spend 50 to 60 cents of every dollar on your staff. They are expensive because they are worth it, but if you don’t manage their time correctly, you will soon find that your bottom line is a little closer to the bottom than it should be.
By Tannus Quatre, PT, MBA


Call to Action! PPS Mastermind Group Program Announced
If you have been to a national meeting, such as the Private Practice Section (PPS) Annual Conference, you have no doubt enjoyed the opportunity to exchange business ideas and stories with fellow members from around the country at the bar, over coffee, or in the exhibit hall between sessions.

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