Licensed Physical Therapist Nitin Chhoda Reminds Practitioners About the Need for Transition of EMR Systems

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With confusion mounting on the sweeping changes in practice management, that are upcoming in 2014 when Obamacare goes into full effect, physical and occupational therapist are reaching out for answers.

EMR systems

Occupational therapy software to document and manage case files will become vital in staying on top of notifying physicians, employers and the insurance companies, of a patients' therapy plan and office visits.

Nitin Chhoda, a licensed physical therapist and international private practice marketing expert, says all practices will need to have EMR (electronic medical record) systems in place, in order to keep up with the pending changes in billing and reimbursement procedures with insurance companies that Obamacare will bring.

"Physical therapy documentation software will become mandated for offices. Physical therapists need to be prepared in order to compete in the changing world of physical therapy billing. Occupational therapy software to document and manage case files will become vital in staying on top of notifying physicians, employers and the insurance companies, of a patients' therapy plan and office visits. Things are changing quickly in how we manage our practices" Chhoda said.

It is just logical that EMR for physical therapy services makes sense to reduce cost and streamline the physical therapy office.

"Other aspects that favor the use of EMR and occupational therapy software is the time reduction factor. It takes time and manpower to transcribe each client’s documentation, as a client’s file makes the rounds of the office, it is amazing how much time is spent duplicating information. Security is another reason electronic medical record makes sense. EMR files can be stored offsite. With hard copy files, the office is open to theft, fires, water damage and all sorts of other disasters that not only can cause loss of records but can open the physical therapist up to possible legal action," Chhoda stated.

Many therapists and staff like the aspect of the office going green as well. Reducing an office carbon footprint is a smart move, as well as an economical one.

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.

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