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Increase My Physical Therapy Prices, Really??

… better faster. Have several payment options, not just one. Give discount to those who qualify. If you accept assignment with medicare, make sure your cash rates are HIGHER than medicare rates (financial “hardship” patients exempted). Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for right now–relating to therapy and private practice. This is an important step! Get your mind right first before taking any more steps. Your state of mind greatly influences the outcome of your …

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HIPAA “Beefing-Up” Enforcement

… contacted to raise funds, but has the right to opt-out of such communication. Add a statement regarding the patient’s right to request a restriction on certain disclosures to their health plan if the disclosure is purely for carrying out payment or health care operations and the requested restriction is for services paid out-of-pocket. Provide a statement that the practice is required to notify affected individuals of breaches of their unsecured PHI. A Deeper Explanation 1. Breach …

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You Should Be Scared About This…

…  Many report being intimidated, frightened and scared to death by the officials involved. It’s not surprising that most take a plea bargain–I mean how do you fight the government right? This is bullying at a higher level and it doesn’t seem like it will stop any time soon unless the public is made aware of it. A typical plea bargain is made up of a hefty fine including a suspension or revocation of your license. A plea is like a WIN for the prosecution who is essentially the …

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How Do I Compete Against Hospital-Physician-Corp Monopoly Attempts?

It sucks when Goliath doesn’t play fair. In every industry, there will be bigger players trying to leverage their resources to gain an advantage–this is not new. So it is with our industry. Corporations, hospitals and physicians will try and steer patients to their therapy services, and rightfully so.  I acknowledge that there is an argument of ‘conflict of interest’ but that’s not the purpose of this blog post. I want to focus on… “How does a small …

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Physicians Are Saying (and you will be surprised) …

… is a good start! BEWARE: If you are still doing heat/ice/US/EMS, you may be losing out on referrals. I know you won’t like hearing this, but I have to say it, all of these treatments are temporary. When shadowing doctors, I would often hear patients report “Therapy helps for a couple hours, but the pain comes right back.”  You cannot have these type of statements being made about your care to doctors. Do NOT be run of the mill. Do not be benign. Do not be unexciting. Make …

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