5 Things Healthcare Providers are Doing Wrong on Social Media

5 Things Healthcare Providers are Doing Wrong on Social Media

Most of us cannot go more than 10 minutes without checking our Twitter or Facebook feeds for updates. Healthcare professionals are no different. If you are a healthcare provider, you need to be extra careful when it comes to sharing information that might be protected under HIPAA and other medical privacy laws. Here are five...

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Lessons from Vermont: How to Structure a Telemedicine Law to Benefit Patients and Providers

Lessons from Vermont: How to Structure a Telemedicine Law to Benefit Patients and Providers

Under existing law. Vermont Medicaid and commercial insurers were required to cover telemedicine services if the patient was located at a healthcare facility when receiving the services. The new law changes this, requiring all Vermont insurers to cover telemedicine services if (1) the services would be covered if rendered through an in-person visit, and (2) the patient is located at an originating...

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How to Focus on Treatment, Not on Your Title

How to Focus on Treatment, Not on Your Title

 I love my physical therapist, and I have the highest respect for the profession.  The best way to imbue that sense of professional loyalty and appreciation in your patients is to simply do a good job treating them.  Don’t tell them about what makes you great – show them.  Help them rehabilitate and accomplish their goals, and you’ll make them physical therapy loyalists for...

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How to Integrate the End of Medicare’s “Failure to Improve” Standard into Your Clinical Practices

How to Integrate the End of Medicare’s “Failure to Improve” Standard into Your Clinical Practices

If a Medicare patient has achieved their maximum level of recovery, and additional therapy would not help them improve beyond that point, then additional treatment isn’t warranted or medically necessary. Plus, Medicare surely won’t foot the bill.  You, their PT, think that additional therapy would help them from getting worse, but that’s not the standard. It’s time to discharge them,...

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How to Determine Whether Your Practice Should Accept Medicare: An Interview with an Active “Old Geezer”

How to Determine Whether Your Practice Should Accept Medicare: An Interview with an Active “Old Geezer”

My success in reaching 79 years of age might be attributed to moderation in the usual "abuses"--alcohol, drugs, tobacco, stress, excessive food and lots of exercise every day.  Had I subscribed to this regimen when I was in my 30's and 40's, it would have been even more prudent -- maybe leading me to tip over the century mark.  But who really wants to do...

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