Physical Therapy Documentation: The Importance of Personalization in Your Physical Therapy EMR system

Physical Therapy Documentation: The Importance of Personalization in Your Physical Therapy EMR system

Personalization is critical when choosing the right physical therapy documentation or EMR for your practice.

Nitin  Chhoda discusses the importance of personalization and customization in the physical therapy documentation process, and how it should affect your selection of a physical therapy EMR.

physical therapy documentation personalizationThe best limbo dancers are extremely flexible and that same quality is essential in a physical therapy documentation system.

The majority of EMRs were developed and written with a specific user in mind, from hospitals and physicians to surgeons.

EMRs reflect the reasoning of the creator rather than the end user. It’s essential to select an EMR developed by or for a physical therapy practice to ensure the EMR doesn’t begin dictating how the clinic conducts business.

Selecting the Best Physical Therapy Documentation System

When selecting a physical therapy documentation system, the two key factors are flexibility and control. The system must offer the flexibility to meet the individual needs of the practice for the present and the future.

Therapists must be able to control every aspect of the physical therapy documentation process without interference from the EMR. Documentation software provides the means to achieve a more efficient and profitable practice.

It should never intrude on or force therapists to compromise on the way they operate their business.

Have an Effective EMR

Many EMRs look and sound good in theory, but ignore the practical concerns of the clinical environment. Physical therapy practices vary widely in the services offered, professional experience and work environment and an EMR must be able to adapt to the diverse needs of the individual practice.

A good physical therapy documentation system offers additional options as needed to grow with the practice.

An effective EMR integrates easily with existing office systems to expedite physical therapy documentation of patient records, enhance marketing endeavors, and provide patient portals for additional functionality. EMRs automate many of the time consuming tasks typically handled by staff members, freeing them to engage in pursuits that promote the clinic, acquire new patients, and increase the level of the practice’s customer care.

Customized Pattern

The ability to create customized templates, without restriction, that accurately reflects the services and treatment options of the individual practice is essential. Therapists should be able to create their own templates, without hiring a tech specialist to navigate the system.

Not all patients respond the same way to treatment, requiring therapists to be creative to achieve the best results for the client. Any EMR should include the ability to combine any number of physical therapy documentation services and bill accordingly.

Reimbursements

physical therapy documentation processPhysical therapy documentation, billing and coding options specifically designed for use by therapists help navigate the increasingly complex requirements for reimbursements.

The ability to submit claims electronically should be a function of physical therapy documentation software.

Reimbursements are received quicker and additional information and clarification can be accomplished almost immediately. EMRs also allow therapists to work with an extensive number of payers for the best reimbursements.

As more complex and innovative treatments are developed, physical therapy documentation must be able to change and evolve to meet the needs of practices.

Flexibility in all facets of EMR software is needed, from time stamps to avoid legal issues to the ability to create custom forms that reflect the special requirements associated with physical therapy clinics. Both web-based and server-based EMRs are available, but the key to successful implementation is always the ultimate flexibility of the selected software and its ability to facilitate clinic expansion and profitability.

Medical EMR Can Simplify Healthcare

Medical EMR Can Simplify Healthcare

Medical EMR can simplify healthcare in many different ways. The best part is that it can streamline the whole physical therapy documentation process from start to finish without consuming too much time from the staff. Nitin Chhoda explains how this is all possible.

medical EMR healthcareThere are many ways that an integrated medical EMR system can help a practice to save money and become more efficient. But one benefit of EMRs that is often overlooked is the way a good system can simplify healthcare in general.

There are benefits to patients as well as clinicians that can help even the most confused patient to get the care they need at a better price, without costing the practice more money.

Billing Advantages

Healthcare providers already know how an integrated electronic medical record can make billing more accurate and efficient.

If everyone in the practice is using the same system, and all data are available through that system at any time, medical billing staff can pull the data they need and bill on a timely schedule.

Coding can also be easier, with a specific set of billable tasks and diagnoses, clinicians can provide medical EMR coding staff with the precise information they need to get the medical coding done more quickly and easily.

The billers can then take the information and file claims with the insurance companies and bill patients for their share of the cost. The improvement in efficiency that medical coding and billing departments are experiencing has been exciting for those practices that have implemented a medical EMR.

So how does this simplify healthcare and understanding the healthcare and insurance system in the United States? First of all, if the billing system requires specific information from patients, the billing department can implement procedures for determining what a patient will owe even before services are provided.

Patients Need Help

The fact is that the majority of patients who come into a medical practice do not quite understand how the healthcare system works in the U.S. They probably don’t know what their own deductible and co-pay will be, and it is likely that they will not expect a bill a few weeks or a month after their appointment.

So rather than taking the time to bill the insurance company, only to be rejected or denied based on a co-pay or deductible issue, the medical EMR billing staff can find out the details before billing.

medical EMR simplicityNaturally, this can be done even without a medical EMR, but to set up a system would be more of a challenge than purchasing it as part of an integrated medical EMR.

In fact, because medical EMRs companies are set up to handle exactly this sort of adjustment to a biller’s workflow, the transition is made smooth and simple.

Improving Outcomes

Additionally, a medical EMR can help improve patient outcomes. It may sound funny to say that a computer program or software will have an effect on how well patients respond to treatment.

But the fact is that with a medical EMR, it is possible to track treatments and outcomes much more closely. Reports can be generated quickly. The results of certain treatments are better than others, and at the practice level it is possible to identify advantageous treatment decisions with a medical EMR.

Health Care Management at Its Best

Health Care Management at Its Best

Producing reports for health care management in order to monitor efficiency of therapists and staff are now possible.

Nitin Chhoda explains how physical therapy EMR changes the productivity and efficiency of physical therapy practice by reviewing the number of patients who have been treated during a certain period of time. 

best health care managementWith an incredible array of technological tools at the ready, there is no reason why health care practice management can’t undergo a renaissance.

In a small practice, the office manager can also serve as patient relations, interpersonal coach, HR manager, and accountant.

But with electronic medical records, the health care manager may become the financial analyst as well. In fact, analyzing efficiency, strengths, and weaknesses of the practice may be the top priority for the health care management field.

How Reporting Improves Efficiency

Both internally and with patients, an EMR can improve efficiency just by virtue of eliminating the majority of paperwork. Communication is streamlined and things like medical billing and coding can be handled more quickly and with fewer mistakes. But for health care management, EMRs are introducing tools that change the way we think about managing a practice.

An EMR with reporting capabilities can tell health care management professionals a lot about how the practice is doing. Outcomes and performance of clinicians and patients can be compared with a few clicks.

In the past, it would have been almost insurmountable to extract data on visits per referral and visits per day for each clinician. With the new practice management technology, those reports can be run quickly and simply.

In fact, there are a whole host of important indicators that are being monitored by the software solutions designed for health care management. Most of these indicators can help office managers to see where the lags in efficiency are hiding.

Inefficiencies degrease profitability, and decreased profitability is bad for everyone. The information gathered can be shared with staff members and solutions can be discussed with health care management.

If used appropriately, technological management tools can help turn a practice that is just getting by into a profitable enterprise. From changing the way that medical billing is handled to using proven techniques to speed up recovery and improve outcomes, health care management tools are going to go a long way towards revolutionizing the business side of medicine.

Educational Experiencehealth care management staff

With an increased emphasis on technology, more and more individuals who want to pursue a career in health care management are going back to school.

The job has no educational requirements, but a bachelor’s degree and even a master’s degree are not uncommon.

There are specific programs now that will education students about the pitfalls and advantages available to adaptable health care management.

As the job market widens, these are the professionals that will be handling health care management jobs. And because the role of health care management professionals is changing so quickly, there is a lot of room for improvement in most health care practices.

The office manager has the job of ensuring that things run smoothly and if there are problems, the office manager needs to work with staff to find solutions. A health care management professional who understands the benefits of current technology will have more tools for finding solutions than ever before.

Physical Therapy EMR Checklist For Your Practice

Physical Therapy EMR Checklist For Your Practice

You have made the decision to convert your documentation into a physical therapy EMR software, now what?  How can you be sure that you’re getting the best product at the best price, and one that will help maximize your documentation process? 

Nitin Choda provides you with a checklist that outlines key areas you will need to consider in order to choose the best and the right software for your practice.

physical therapy EMRPhysical therapy electronic medical records solution is sometimes hard to find. The same is true when picking a restaurant to eat at. We need help in finding the right product.

If you are feeling a little lost and confused by all the options available for a physical therapy EMR products, don’t worry: picking a good solution isn’t as hard as it might seem.

Just keep your eye on the goal, and your hands on this checklist.

Find a decent price.  Price is important. A lower price doesn’t always mean a worse product, and a low price also means you will have more money in your bank for other things. Try to find the cheapest physical therapy EMR that you are comfortable with, and that does everything you need, but not at the expense of inefficiency.

Does it fulfill your needs?  Physical therapy EMR has different requirements from other electronic medical records. After all, you are dealing with physical activities more often than drug dosages. Look for a product that makes documentation simple because much of what you will be doing is documentation.

You need to make sure that the physical therapy EMR you picked is actually capable of doing what you need it to do. That means getting your hands on a copy and simulating the activities you would do throughout the day. If you find that part of your process has been left out by the solution, well, you know it isn’t for you.

Is billing integrated?  This might seem like a minor thing, but keeping billing integrated with patient information is the best possible way to ensure that you handle billing as efficiently as possible.

Billing is never fun, but you shouldn’t have to keep an extra database just to deal with it. Make sure that physical therapy EMR billing is integrated with your documentation software. And you will be glad you did.

Can you document your patients quickly?  The fewer clicks, the better. How quickly can you document what is happening with your patient? The tool should be capable of handling rapid note taking.

It should be able to handle you recording your every observation, and archive those observations in a way that you can get to quickly. In short, your physical therapy EMR solution should be ready to handle your patient load.

Can you schedule new appointments easily?  Appointments are the bread and butter of your practice. Without them, there would be no physical therapy. You won’t even need to use your physical therapy EMR tools. Make sure that your tool is prepared to schedule and manage appointments.physical therapy EMR checklist

What does your staff think?  Let your staff try out the physical therapy EMR software. If they don’t like it, or they can’t use it, then it doesn’t matter how many features it has. A piece of software is only as good as its user interface, especially when it comes to something used every single day.

Is it mobile?  Physical therapy involves moving around. You shouldn’t be constrained to a desktop computer when using a physical therapy EMR solution. It should support iPads, so you can carry a single, lightweight computer with you at all times, documenting everything as it happens in real time.

Electronic Medical Records System Top Five Benefits

Electronic Medical Records System Top Five Benefits

There are many benefits that an electronic medical record system can give. In this article, Nitin Chhoda emphasizes on the top five most important benefits that EMR can provide so that practitioners who have not adopt the EMR system yet will understand its importance.

electronic medical records

Electronic medical records are the next big thing in physical therapy management.

When EMR systems are fully adopted by all facilities, you are going to see a major change in how medicine is practiced.

Here are the top five benefits of using an electronic medical records system if you are a physical therapist.

BENEFITS OF ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS

Easy Access to Records.  With electronic medical records, keeping track of your patients’ records is simple. Your database should be easily searchable, so you can instantly pull up all the information you have on the patient from exercise and appointment schedules to the medications they are taking.

That means no paper records to flip through, the ability to instantly search the documents for information, and no unintelligible hand-written notes.  Electronic medical records is really the ultimate physical therapy management solution.

Document Completely.  With electronic medical records, you can easily document everything that a patient does in real time. From arrival to billing to the appointment itself, all information can be listed in the database to give you a complete record of everything about the patient.

And, because of the easy access to records, all that information is immediately available on the database to anyone who might need access.

Send Records Easily.  Sending electronic medical records using your physical therapy management software should streamline inter-office communications.  Most EMR solutions integrate seamlessly with online cloud storage, and through these cloud storage solutions you can get the records to any other healthcare provider that the patient is working with.

It doesn’t even matter if the other facility has fully integrated electronic medical records for physical therapy services.  You can still access the files as long as you have a computer connected to the internet. Relying on physical therapy management software with full EMR will help bring physical therapy into the next century, ridding practices of outdated technology and wasted energy and effort.

Easy Billing.  Physical therapy billing can be a pain.  As with all forms of accounting, keeping the information synced to the patient is difficult. Electronic medical records and physical therapy documentation can make the process far more comfortable.

electronic medical records benefitsWith physical therapy scheduling software, you can time alerts for when your patients are coming, keep track how much they owe, how long it took for them to pay last time, and where to send the bill.

Physical therapy software makes billing patients an incredibly simple procedure and reduces the chance of mistakes.

No Chicken Scratches.  This might be the most important one.  In the medical profession, a remarkable number of doctors have terrible handwriting.

An electronic medical records solution means no chicken scratches. 

All information is entered in on a computer screen, whether it is an iPad for a mobile solution or a desktop office computer for a more stationary one.  That means that all the information is nicely organized, printed cleanly, and is easy to understand.In other words: you won’t have to worry about others not being able to read your handwriting.

Electronic Medical Records System: How Many Actually Uses It?

Electronic Medical Records System: How Many Actually Uses It?

Many private practice owners still have not switched over to an electronic medical records system. Perhaps most of them thought that having an automated system would be complicated.

Nitin Chhoda shares how physical therapy software can help your practice in the long run using the right implementation.

electronic medical recordsElectronic medical records is a new and modern way in a private practice business, while paper medical record systems still dominate the market.

However, the fact is that paper medical records are waning fast.

Paper documentation systems are a relic of time when physical therapists didn’t have the choice of simple, efficient, and precise EMR software.

The Current Status of EMR System

At the moment, only 10% of those practicing in health care fields have a fully functioning electronic medical records system.  As of 2009, 20% had the most basic beginnings of a system, but still relied heavily on paper documentation.

Over the past three years it is likely that that percentage is growing, or that many systems have been updated.  A more remarkable statistic is that only 1.5% of hospitals have integrated IT systems.

Half of those that do are government facilities, meaning that private practices are lagging behind. Most private practices are staffed by about 9 people, however, which makes that number less shocking.

With so few facilities using electronic medical records technology, you might wonder why you should adopt it in the first place.

The fact is that while very few firms might run physical therapy management software, there are still a number of advantages for those that do.  Electronic medical records improve efficiency, accuracy, and quality of care.

Implementing the Electronic Medical Record

Any practice that implements electronic medical records software benefits from digitized records: easy access to patient information, the ability to sign patients in instantaneously, and massively improved handling of cancellations and no-show patients.

Electronic medical records simplify the life of a physical therapist by making it easy to manage patients, data, and finances.  And you have the incredible ability to access your patient’s files and tests with the press of a button, instantaneously pulling up all the records you have on each patient.

In some offices, the physical therapists simply carry an iPad around, and type in the name of the patient before you walk into the room, instantly reviewing a listing of all pertinent information. Electronic medical records make patient care simpler and more effective.

You’ll also be handling records that are type-written, rather than hand-written. A surprising number of mistakes are made by physical therapists and physicians because they just couldn’t read the notes in a medical record.

But electronic medical records systems for physical therapy management aren’t just good for your firm.  With a simple piece of software, you can send and receive complete records between offices. Download the software, press a few buttons, and another facility has the files.  It really is that simple.  EMR data management solutions ensure that everyone who cares for a patient always has the most recent information.

electronic medical records usersEMR is the Solution

When the number of firms with the technology reaches a certain point, the perception will be that every firm needs an EMR solution.

You can get ahead of the trend now by starting the process and going electronic for you, your patients, and the entire practice.

But even if your physical therapy office is unique in being equipped with medical records solution, electronic medical records  would still be helpful.  More and more facilities are adopting EMR for physical therapy services, and soon we will see a shift.