Facilitating Effective Billing and Coding with Electronic Medical Records

Facilitating Effective Billing and Coding with Electronic Medical Records

Medical billing and coding has always been a complicated procedure, but one that is necessary for physical therapists. Nitin Chhoda discusses how each code is attributed to a certain diagnosis, treatment, and etc., making the billing and coding process simplified and effective.

billing and codingThe correct analysis of billing and coding is imperative to patients’ care, and insurance agencies depend on accurate medical code billing so that medical providers can accurately reimburse the payment for their services.

The ease and availability of electronic medical records (EMRs) improves physical therapist billing and coding by eliminating the disconnection between the provider and insurance agency.

Ensures High Level of Patient Care

EMRs can help patients receive the best care possible.  Physical therapists and other providers are able to share records via EMRs, thus, receive up-to-date information.  The clarification allows providers to see the best picture yet of patient care, and enables them to make more informed decisions regarding treatment.

Employees and doctors do no longer have to deal with ineffective billing and coding. They can focus and give more attention to patient care. 

Increases Income for Practice

Healthcare management depends on quality medical billing and coding to properly invoice patients and their insurance carriers. However, this process is time-consuming and tedious. Sometimes codes are written down incorrectly or a wrong number is read due to poor handwriting.

For years, providers have reimbursement denied by insurance agencies from code errors.  EMRs lessen the chance of errors, and ease the claim submission process.

medical billing and codingBecause all billing and coding must be accompanied by proper documents, EMRs also allow for an easier physical therapy documentation system.

Some insurance agencies are overwhelmed with claims as much as the providers, and the reimbursements may be canceled, lost, or otherwise not received, and this may go unnoticed by the practice.

However, EMRs give a physical therapist the ability to track claims and monitor any discrepancies. EMRs allow a provider to accept payments electronically, thus ensuring quicker billing and coding reimbursement than the traditional check method.

Physical Therapy Management for the New Economy

Physical Therapy Management for the New Economy

Nitin Chhoda shares the status of physical therapy management and practice in today’s economy. Physical therapy management in the new economy represents major changes for therapists, from the treatments provided to monetary reimbursements.

physical therapy managementPresident Obama’s aggressive healthcare reform program has changed physical therapy management in the new economy, the full effects of which are yet to be seen.

The new goals require physical therapists to think less like service providers and more like business owners, focusing on relating not just treating.

New Insights

To assist therapists, Chhoda offered new insights into management issues in the new economy.

“We need great physical therapy management and business systems to empower our clinical skills and retention systems to increase the number of patient visits,” said Chhoda. “Staff members need incentives to perform better and therapists need strategies to build multiple referral systems.”

Physical therapy management services encompass much more than patient care, scheduling, billing and reimbursements. It’s a total plan that maintains the highest patient care standards, builds reputations, and protects the overall profitability of the practice.

EMR Adoption

To insure those goals of physical therapy management services are met, therapists will need to adopt electronic medical records (EMR) technology, identify cost effective treatments and interventions, and help train a superior workforce for the future.

Physical therapy management in the new economy represents major changes for therapists, from the treatments provided to monetary reimbursements.

For many therapists, a large portion of their patients may be those receiving Medicare and Medicaid. Physical therapy management will require affordable access to high-quality care that still provides adequate reimbursements for the practice.


physical therapy management new economy

In the new economy, therapists are facing restrictive regulations and payment policies that effectively separate them from the patients that need them the most.

Physical therapists are on the front lines of patient care, working to restore functionality, mobility and quality of life to their clients.

As reimbursements decline, physical therapy management will have to include billing and coding changes, and therapists will need to work to identify treatments that achieve the same effect in a more efficient manner.

Initiating an electronic medical records system will assist therapists manage their practice on a variety of levels. Electronic billing allows faster reimbursement recovery and greater billing flexibility.

Documentation Process

EMRs provide comprehensive documentation at a glance, allowing therapists to begin appropriate treatment quicker. An essential part of future physical therapy management will include increasing referral rates and discovering creative avenues for doing so.

Establishing closer relationships with physician practices and hospitals, and educating them about the benefits of physical therapy will help facilitate that goal. Training an efficient and knowledgeable workforce will insure a superior level of patient care.

Physical therapy management is a multi-faceted endeavor and Chhoda’s new insights provide practice owners with food for thought. Therapists can no longer be satisfied to provide superior treatment. The must identify more effective methods that meet patient needs and enables clinics to remain profitable.