Speech Therapy Documentation Software

July 24, 2009 · Posted in Speech Therapy · Comment 

More and more speech and hearing centers are looking for solutions to automate their clinical documentation.

In addition to its administrative and financial features like patient registration, referral management, insurance authorization, cross-discipline scheduling, charges, reporting/analytics, and outcomes, Chart Links software offers the following speech language therapy documentation features:

  • Speech language pathology evaluations
  • Speech language pathology plan of care
  • Speech language pathology progress reports
  • Speech language pathology patient education
  • Speech language pathology marketing
  • Speech language pathology scheduling
  • Speech language pathology authorizations
  • Speech language pathology patient arrival notification
  • Speech language pathology compliance

For more information about how Chart Links outpatient rehabilitation software can serve your speech and hearing center, contact us.

Red Flag Rule Enforced Effective August 1, 2009

July 22, 2009 · Posted in Industry News · Comment 

Therapists who provide services to patients without requiring those patients to pay in full at the time of service will need to comply with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “Red Flag Rules.”  We blogged back in April that practices would need to comply with these rules effective May 1, 2009.  It’s important to know, now, that — effective August 1, 2009 — the FTC will begin to enforce this rule.

Red Flag rules require the development of a written Identity Theft Prevention Program. Medical identity theft refers to situations when someone uses a person’s name and other parts of their identity, such as insurance information, without the person’s knowledge or consent to obtain medical services or goods.

The FTC has posted an article called “The ‘Red Flags’ Rule: What Health Care Providers Need to Know About Complying with New Requirements for Fighting Identity Theft,” by Steven Toporoff.  The article covers off on

  • Who Must Comply
  • Spotting Red Flags
  • Setting Up Your Identity Theft Prevention Program
  • What’s At Stake

We suggest that a representative from your facility reads the article to come up to speed on compliance with this rule.

Therapy Scheduling in Outpatient Rehab

July 21, 2009 · Posted in Scheduling, Workflow · Comment 

The day begins and ends with a simple appointment. But, in outpatient rehabilitation facilities, the appointment scheduling process is not always so simple, is it?

Outpatient therapy scheduling often requires appointments across multiple locations for multiple days with multiple providers in multiple disciplines. You need not only to book, but to double book and triple book when things get a little hectic – not to mention staggering, recurring, canceling, and re-booking missed appointments.

At Chart Links, we understand rehabilitation scheduling. We’ve been there, we’ve done it, and we’ve built a tool that can manage it.

The Chart Links Scheduler — complete with rehabilitation templates — is built to ensure that patients are appropriately slotted to see who they need, when they need them, with the right resources, in the right place. Scheduling activities for patients and classes/groups with providers, equipment, locations and user-defined resources are supported.

For more information about our outpatient rehabilitation therapy scheduler, go to our scheduling feature web page.

RAC Review Phase-in Strategy from CMS

July 14, 2009 · Posted in RAC · Comment 

Wondering when the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) will begin auditing?  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released downloadable information in late June on their RAC web page that lets providers know when auditing will occur in various areas of the country.  For more details, take a look at the CMS RAC Review Phase-in Strategy (as of 06/24/09) document.

Optimizing Outpatient Rehab Therapy Documentation with Software

July 7, 2009 · Posted in Documentation, Workflow · Comment 

The July issue of Rehab Management features an article written by Mark Finn that focuses on Software Solutions for Multisite Therapy Practices. 

Mark cites the following areas to automate in a multi-site physical therapy practice for gaining improved efficiencies:

  • Workflow Automation
  • Manual Documentation
  • Claims Processing
  • Reporting
  • Clinical Documentation

We encourage you to read the full article to learn some tips on how to spend less time dealing with paperwok, documentation and reports — and more time treating a greater number of patients.

If you need help evaluating electronic medical records systems for your multi-site outpatient rehabilitation facility, contact Chart Links.

Michigan Passes Legislation To License PTAs

July 3, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has signed a law requiring physical therapist assistants (PTAs) to obtain state licensure. Michigan is the 42nd jurisdiction to license PTAs. Thirty-nine other states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico license PTAs; 8 other states regulate PTAs through certification or registration, says the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

PTAs provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist (PT). Licensure for PTAs guarantees that they will have the necessary education and training, and promotes the highest degree of public protection.

The Physical Therapy Board of Licensure and the Michigan Department of Community Health will move forward with the process of promulgating administrative rules, creating a limited license, and distributing the limited license to qualified PTAs by December 31.

The new law also adds term protection for “physiotherapy” and “DPT,” and establishes a continuing education requirement as a condition for PT and PTA licensure renewal.

[Source:  American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)]

CCHIT Addresses EHRs for Inpatient Rehabilitation

July 2, 2009 · Posted in Documentation, Industry News · Comment 

A task force of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has issued recommendations for a new long term and post acute care electronic health records certification program.

The program would cover EHRs in skilled nursing and nursing facilities, Medicare-certified home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long term acute care hospitals.

Recommendations from the task force include identifying core certification criteria common to the four priority care settings, reusing or adapting existing criteria from other CCHIT programs, identifying additional criteria specific to each care setting, and developing a roadmap indicating when the criteria are expected to be implemented.

A newly appointed CCHIT work group on long term and post acute care will start developing certification criteria in mid-July. The recommendations from the task force are available at cchit.org/about/organization/commission/advisory/ltpac.

[Source:  Information taken from HealthData Management, written by Joseph Goedert.]