Seven Tips to Optimize PT Workflow

Posted by on 5th Jun, 2017 | 0 comments

Seven Tips to Optimize PT Workflow

Optimizing POT workflow requires a great deal of familiarization with your web based practice management software and a deep and proper understanding of defensible documentation. If you are looking for ways to maximize the use of your physical therapy documentation software and ultimately optimize your practice workflow, here are practical tips to help you get started: Understand that PT documentation shouldn’t stop at telling your patient’s story—it should also support your most crucial clinical decisions as well as the medical necessity of the services you render. Defensible documentation requires an efficient and well-designed web based management software that can help you keep track of everything that goes on inside your practice. Because your practice, your license, and ultimately your bottom line depends largely on defensible documentation, make sure to find a physical therapy documentation software that allows you to build upon patient documentation without compromising service efficiency and patient rapport, right at the point of care. Familiarize yourself with the web based management software you are using. Know exactly where the information goes and leverage customization features so you can work at your own pace. This way, you can spend more time and energy concentrating on your patient and their therapy session than in a confusing tangle with your...

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What Strategies and Tactics are Working for Innovative Physical Therapists?

Posted by on 10th May, 2017 | 0 comments

What Strategies and Tactics are Working for Innovative Physical Therapists?

The most stressful practices today rely on physical therapy software programs that make documentation, scheduling, billing, and reporting much more accurate and efficient. If you are serious about taking your practice to the next level, it’s time to find affordable physical therapy software that can help you achieve your goals. With the right solution, you can easily implement the following strategies to make your clinic more productive: Efficient Scheduling A good software system eliminates appointment scheduling mistakes and delays caused by standalone desktop scheduling software or manual schedule registers. Innovative physical therapists use such systems to make it easier for them and their staff to update schedules 24/7, using any device and from anywhere. Better Documentation Do you often deal with misplaced records? Perhaps it’s time to do want innovative physical therapists do—they use documentation software solutions that generate easily storable and sync-able electronic documents. This gives them quick access to all files and reports about a patient whenever necessary. In addition to having built-in notes, the software should have an effective storage system that can save any type of document to a patient folder, such as a handwritten note or chart. I should also have the capability to store a vast array of file formats such as excel,...

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The Golden Rules of Clinical Documentation

Posted by on 27th Mar, 2017 | 0 comments

The Golden Rules of Clinical Documentation

Physical therapy documentation software can help solve the most common problems faced by practitioners today: misplaced or lost documents and records. Combine with practice management reporting software, it can ensure you make your clinical documentation functions more efficient by generating electronic documents that are easy to store, sync, and backup. You and your staff have easy access to all information about a patient in an easy to use platform that saves time and increases productivity in your practice. After all, effective clinical documentation is all about accuracy and organization. But even though practice management reporting software and physical therapy documentation software are great tools, they still don’t replace the skills and knowledge of therapists in providing compelling and easy to understand reports of the condition and progress of their patients. Be sure to follow these rules of clinical documentation for best results: 1. Avoid jargon Can your reader understand your report? To increase comprehension, avoid including physical therapy jargon. Most physicians probably don’t understand what “closed chain,” “PA Glide,” or “PNF” means. Spell it out. Don’t write “HEP” and instead write “home exercise program.” 2. Include only relevant information As a physical therapist, you no doubt want to do a thorough job whenever you evaluate a patient. Ruling out...

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Five Things Your PT Practice Can Do to Improve Brand Recognition

Posted by on 9th Mar, 2017 | 0 comments

Five Things Your PT Practice Can Do to Improve Brand Recognition

Developments in healthcare IT provide physical therapy practices with some great marketing opportunities to increase brand awareness and develop a solid messaging strategy. Using physical therapy documentation software and other types of PT software can help you bring your PT practice above the market noise. Here are some tips on building brand recognition in the competitive healthcare: Create a focused message. Developing and prioritizing your value propositions down to two or three focused messages establishes consistency for your PT practice’s brand. The simpler the message, the stickier it is. All your staff should know the message by heart so that they can communicate it consistently to patients and the general public. This reinforces your practice’s brand to the media as well as prospective patients. Keep your brand consistent. This is key to a longer lasting (and faster) brand awareness. From your brochures to your tagline all the way to your website, there has to be a consistent image and message for maximum impact. Your physical therapy billing software and other PT software that you use should and also be appropriately branded. If you are using patient invoicing software to automate your billing needs, make sure that the template is consistent with your brand. When your patients, insurance companies, and other...

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Myths and Facts about Medicare

Posted by on 15th Feb, 2017 | 0 comments

Myths and Facts about Medicare

We get a lot of questions in general about Medicare, so we thought we would put together this quick white paper on Myths and Facts about Medicare. A federal health insurance program for people, Medicare services individuals who are 65 or older and certain younger people with disabilities, and those suffering from End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).  The program encompasses millions of people and yet surprisingly several false notions are floating about the program. It is important that one separates the myths from reality so that we avail of the program to our full advantage. We have chosen to focus on some of the prevalent myths. I don’t have to pay anything for Medicare… its free! This is partly true and partly false. While some part of the program is “premium free”, patients are expected to pay for certain expenses. Medicare is not as easy as physical therapy software! If you have paid Medicare taxes for 10 years while working, you won’t have to pay any premium for Part A (hospital insurance).  Even if you haven’t met this requirement you stand eligible for Part A, if you pay a monthly premium. IN 2017, beneficiaries of Medicare Part B (medical insurance)...

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How to bill for Physical Therapy and Outpatient Therapy evaluations in 2017

Posted by on 5th Jan, 2017 | 0 comments

How to bill for Physical Therapy  and Outpatient Therapy evaluations in 2017

PT billing software will now have to be used differently. This does not mean you have to redesign your notes, you just have to be conscious of the New Evaluation codes. As of January 1, 2017, Physical Therapists (PT) and Outpatient Therapists (OT)  have to get used to billing for new therapy evaluations and re-evaluations (in their web based practice management software). CPT which is the set of medical code used to report medical, surgical and diagnostic procedures and services to physicians, health insurance companies, and accreditation organizations has gotten updated. With this modernization, the use of old codes that PTs and OTs have come to know and love – 97001, 97002, 97003, and 97004 will be forever gone (right now you may still need to use both). PT’s and OT’s will now have to get an understanding of CPT’s new eval and re-eval guidelines to get their needed documentation for a hassle-free claims submission. While the new codes bear a resemblance to E&M codes, they fluctuate in terms of complexity, necessity, and documentation. Significant Newness The new evaluation codes with not require specific evaluation forms to be completed. The therapist’s clinical judgement in determining treatment inventions will need to be documented. There is no specific word or phrase that will justify...

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