EMR systems allow therapists to create a permanent record much quicker and the savings in time can be reallocated to treating more patients or leisure time pursuits. Billing is more efficient and payment is brought into the practice quicker.
Denville, NJ (PRWEB) June 27, 2013
“Setting a system in place isn’t that difficult and includes many benefits for physical therapists, from protecting owners from lawsuits and maintaining compliance to creating more free time,” Chhoda said.
“There are a number of electronic medical record systems available, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks,” he added. Chhoda advises therapists to conduct due diligence when selecting an EMR to ascertain which one is best for the individual practice.
He noted that documenting patient visits in the traditional way is a time consuming endeavor that actually costs therapists in terms of patients, revenues and free time. Conventional methods require therapists to incorporate notes and a wide array of data into a coherent whole. EMR systems allow therapists to create a permanent record much quicker and the savings in time can be reallocated to treating more patients or leisure time pursuits. Billing is more efficient and payment is brought into the practice quicker.
Chhoda also added that an EMR system provides essential, ongoing physical therapy documentation at a glance that can save therapists from expensive lawsuits and repaying insurance funds during a post-payment audit, and maintains compliance. “Ideally, an EMR system contains all the pertinent patient information on a single page, and all that’s needed to update a current visit is a few touches on a screen,” he said.
A good EMR system helps therapists manage their patient relationships without the need to rely on memory and fits into the regular workflow of the office. Therapists can utilize an EMR system to identify patient risk factors, establish procedures to address contacting patients, and handle situations in real time as they arise. Scheduling, billing and coding, even prescription call-ins or faxes are all elements of an EMR system that streamlines the patient documentation process for practice owners.
EMRs offer extensive benefits over conventional methods, allowing therapists to remain in compliance, avoid lawsuits, and manage patient care more effectively, while reducing billing errors for increased revenue.
Chhoda’s office can be reached by phone at 201-535-4475. For more information, visit the website at http://www.emrnews.com.
About Nitin Chhoda
Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT is a licensed physical therapist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an entrepreneur. He is the author of "Physical Therapy Marketing For The New Economy" and “Marketing for Physical Therapy Clinics” and is a prolific speaker, writer and creator of products and systems to streamline medical billing and coding, electronic medical records, health care practice management and marketing to increase referrals. He has been featured in numerous industry magazines, major radio and broadcast media, and is the founder of Referral Ignition training systems and the annual Private Practice Summit. Chhoda speaks extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Asia. He is also the creator of the Therapy Newsletter and Clinical Contact, both web-based services to help private practices improve communication with patients, delivery better quality of care and boost patient retention.