Practice Management Q: I have been billing and coding the same way since I opened my office seven years ago. Can you provide some general guidelines so I can be sure I am billing properly and coding compliantly? A: Since changes occur to CPT codes and ICD-9 (diagnosis) codes every year, you are making a wise decision learning as much as possible about CPT coding. Here is a list of the most common CPT coding and compliance dos and don’ts.
Legal Q: I recently left an associate position with a chiropractor. I have established roots in this city with my family and do not want to move. However, I signed a non-compete clause in the original contract. I heard that non-compete clauses may not be enforceable. Is this true? A: This is a very common question on both sides of the equation. The associate wants to break the agreement, and the employer wants to enforce it to the fullest. Many variables exist in state laws regarding non-compete employment clauses so you will want to hire a local attorney familiar with this specific issue to assist you.
Personal Development Revolutions don’t take place without a significant amount of innovative thinking. And the wellness revolution is a clear example of that. Without wellness innovation, wellness revolution would not be taking place. With ever-evolving technology comes constant improvement in office systems. You may already have ideas you’d like to develop in one or more of these areas. For most people having new ideas is not the difficult part. The challenge lies in putting action behind the idea and developing it into reality.
Practice Management Physical therapy is a logical next step to improve the overall care of your patients and boost your revenues. When done correctly, adding a physical therapist (PT) to your practice can be a true win-win situation. But, to assure success in expanding your practice in this direction, do your homework, weigh all the factors (both pro and con), then make a decision. Let’s look at some of the important benefits your patients receive when you include a physical therapist as part of your treatment team.