Denville, NJ (PRWEB) January 05, 2013
Today's physical therapy practices vary widely in their needs, dependent on factors that include the size of the clinic and services offered. Whether the practice is just starting or already stable, it should be noted that an EMR must be able to adapt to changing requirements from a single clinic to multiple locales, integrate throughout all departments, and be compatible with any existing office systems.
“First, choose an EMR that’s specifically made for a physical therapy clinic,” said Chhoda. “PT clinics have special needs and you don’t want an EMR designed for a different type of facility. Practitioners need a system that addresses the practical concerns of a specific clinical environment.”
Chhoda said customization is the key to the successful implementation of any EMR. The ability to create customized, unrestricted templates without the assistance of an IT specialist is critical. The EMR should encompass the functionality to build templates that are intuitive and mirror the forms to which staff is accustomed. It should allow clinicians to include any combination of services and the ability to bill accordingly.
A web-based integrated EMR, one of the latest type of EMR system, provides an efficient means to submit reimbursements electronically to facilitate faster turnarounds on payments. Chhoda said an EMR can almost completely eliminate rejections and clarifications, but clinicians should be able to control if claims are sent individually or as a batch, and schedule the time when they’re transmitted.
In the electronic era of healthcare, an EMR offers a pathway to efficiency and savings not previously available to practitioners. Navigating a burgeoning list of rules, regulations and certifications requires an EMR that offers extreme flexibility within the practice and the ability for the clinician to control every aspect for the financial health of the practice.
As one of the first to employ an EMR, Chhoda is committed to assisting physical therapists with tips to facilitate the smooth implementation of their EMR system. A recognized EMR expert, his new information was obtained through many years of personal experience with EMRs and offers clinicians essential knowledge they need before they choose an EMR for their practice.
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.