Quotes from an OT User of Electronic Occupational Therapy Documentation

One of our Chart Links Rehabilitation Software users, Debbie Flaspohler, OTR, MOT, CLT and manager of occupational therapy at Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville, Ind., was recently quoted in an article called “Meaningful Change,” written by Teresa Mcusic from TodayInOT.com.  Reveiw some of her quotes extracted below, or, read the full article.

Debbie Flaspohler, OTR, MOT, CLT, manager of occupational therapy, Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville, Ind., says she was comfortable using her facility’s Chart Links LLC rehabilitation software within a few weeks. “It was an easy program to move around in,” she says. “And Chart Links did a good job of coming and doing orientation. A team came and spent about a week with us. Also, they have a help desk, so when we got stuck, we could call them.”

The legibility and standardization of electronic records are major benefits over hand-written paper charts, therapists say. The electronic documentation also is more concise, Flaspohler says. “It looks more professional,” she says. “These are a legal document used for reimbursement. Clarity and accuracy are really important.”

Such precision also helps with more consistency among healthcare team members, Flaspohler says. “It helps everybody document the way they are supposed to,” she says. “It’s not black and white — you can modify the way you want to — but it makes you fill out what you need to fill out.”

The systems also can be tailored to include information on interventions for patients with conditions the therapists don’t often encounter, Flaspohler says. “For diagnoses you normally don’t see, you can pull in components from the system for a segment on that,” she says.

For more information about Chart Links Rehabilitation software for occupational therapists, visit our website.

Physical Therapy Workflow Software and Documentation

March 15, 2011 · Posted in Documentation, physical therapy, Workflow · Comment 

Chart Links offers physical therapy documentation software designed to match the workflow of a physical rehabilitation facility.

In addition to administrative and financial features like patient registration, referral management, insurance authorization, cross-discipline scheduling, charges, reporting/analytics, and outcomes, Chart Links offers the following physical therapy-specific features.

  • PT Evaluations. Standard physical therapy documentation and evaluation forms library (i.e., cervical spine, shoulder, ankle). Contains numerous sections with the ability to customize into sets and forms.
  • PT Flow Sheets. Electronic management of daily flow sheets (i.e., shoulder therex, exercise) with ability to analyze progress over time. Ability to link flow sheets to progress notes.
  • Scheduling. Ability to schedule patient with PTA and PT in one easy-to-use feature.
  • Patient Arrival Notification. Using our physical therapy documentation software, PT may receive a page on his/her beeper to be notified when a patient has checked in at the front desk.
  • Wireless Access. Allows for un-tethered documentation (i.e., document in a wireless gym setting with hardware on a rolling cart, or, use a handheld wireless tablet PC).
  • PT Patient Education. Print-on-demand patient handouts (i.e., home programs, exercises). Instructional and educational materials are available for customization and distribution. Ability to scan-in existing sheets or create-your-own. Ability to interface to third-party electronic formats.
  • Authorizations. Monitor authorized visits for PT evaluation and follow-up visits.
  • Compliance. Support of compliance efforts with JCAHO, CARF, HIPAA and other rehabilitation professional standards. Helps ensure compliance with Medicare CCI edits, modifiers and time tracking while documenting.

For more information, visit Chart Links at www.chartlinks.com

Senate to Look into Potential Medicare Contractor Conflicts

March 2, 2011 · Posted in Industry News, RAC · Comment 

Three Senate committee chairmen asked the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General to look into potential conflicts of interest among private sector contractors that perform many of the payment, administration and oversight functions of Medicare.

The chairmen say that a recent survey of contractors conducted by their staffs to examine problems within the Medicare program identified several relationships between key Medicare contractors “that raise questions about possible conflicts of interest, or at the very least, might present the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

In some instances, the oversight contractor is a subsidiary of a company with a Medicare claims processing contract; in other instances, the claims contractor is a subsidiary of a parent company that also has a subsidiary with an oversight contract.

Congressional staffers said they have been reviewing the relationship of subsidiaries of WellPoint Inc., Hewlett Packard Co’s EDS Corp., and several other Medicare contractors hired by the government to monitor the bills healthcare providers send to Medicare, according to media reports.

[Extracted from: Fierce Healthcare]