Physical Therapy Documentation and Electronic Medical Records Implementation Information Now Available on the EMR Website

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Physical therapy documentation is an important aspect of a PT practice and one which is incredibly time consuming. The future of PT documentation lies in electronic medical records software. Setting an EMR system in place isn’t extremely difficult and well worth the investment in both time and effort simply because of compliance laws and protection against law suits.

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The software can be programmed to auto-populate certain fields which are used over and over again for the same patient such as diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

A physical therapist has to document every patient’s visit and most PT professionals are still operating the traditional way by using a pen and paper. Using the old method of physical therapy documentation is not only time consuming but actually costs the therapist in terms revenue and free time for the both the staff and the patient.

Conventional methods require that therapists incorporate notes and a wide variety of patient information into the patient’s medical chart. The chart is then filed in the back office to be retrieved for the next visit. Maintaining medical records is not only a time consuming job, it is also a part of the practice which is mandatory by federal and state laws.

Physical therapy software can help a therapist create a permanent record of each patient’s visit a lot faster and with much more accuracy as most of the information can be entered automatically. The software can be programmed to auto-populate certain fields which are used over and over again for the same patient such as diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Physical therapy billing can also be accomplished a lot faster with an EMR system. Ideally, a system can be set up to automatically print bills which can then be mailed to the patient or insurance company and a record can quickly be adjusted when the payment is received.
A good EMR system will also help a therapist manage their patient relationships a lot better since they don’t need to rely on memory and can view the patient’s information at a glance. Therapists can use an EMR system to quickly identify patient risk factors and handle situations in real time as they arise.

Chhoda’s office can be reached by phone at 201-535-4475. For more information, visit the website at

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.


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