The final rule for meaningful use of electronic health records has been posted by The Department of Health and Human Services. Read all 864 pages here.
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.
Chart Links has implemented its therapy documentation and scheduling system for a team of 26 physical, occupational and speech therapists and assistants at two outpatient rehabilitation facilities for Southeast Missouri Hospital. Southeast Missouri Hospital is a 269-bed regional medical complex serving nearly 600,000 people in 21 counties in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.
The implementation at HealthPoint Rehab includes functionality for electronic therapy documentation, cross-discipline therapy scheduling, referral and insurance authorization management, charges and more. It also includes an ADT and billing interface to the Meditech hospital information system.
“Transitioning to electronic medical records was the right decision,” says Frankie Erlacker, PT, MHS, Executive Director of HealthPoint Rehab. “Southeast chose Chart Links both because it could be customized to meet the unique needs of the department and because of the support Chart Links offered during the building and implementation process. With Chart Links, we will document according to national standards in a way that makes sense to both clinicians and our referral sources. The management staff will be able to more effectively monitor trends and strategize proactively.”
Southeast Missouri Hospital’s two HealthPoint Rehab complexes, located in Cape Girardeau and nearby Jackson, MO, offer a full scope of specialized physical, occupational and speech therapy services as well as orthopedic and sports medicine for both adults and children. Highly specialized therapies include lymphedema therapy, treatment for TMJ disorders and myofascial release. Both facilities are equipped with large, state-of-the-art therapy gyms as well as private treatment areas. The highly experienced, credentialed therapists make the transition from rehabilitation to fitness a personalized experience for patients. HealthPoint Rehab in Cape Girardeau also utilizes both warm water and fitness pools for therapeutic aquatics.
Chart Links software streamlines all of the daily tasks associated with a patient’s physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, or audiology visit. The software manages adult and pediatric therapy treatment by automating evaluations, flow sheets, plans of care, progress notes, patient education, and clinical correspondence. It also manages payer compliance, provider reimbursement, outcomes reporting, administrative functions, business intelligence and enterprise productivity.
For 15 years, Chart Links has developed rehabilitation software that automates workflow for referrals, insurance authorizations, cross-discipline scheduling, documentation, charges, and more. Chart Links allows medical rehabilitation facilities to be more efficient and to provide a higher quality of care by delivering results in the areas of compliance, outcomes, analytics and revenue.
Watch the video published by the American Physical Therapy Association entitled “Move Forward: Physical Therapy Brings Motion To Life (APTA).”
The video supports the APTA’s new brand launch to depict the physical therapist as the provider of choice for helping patients restore motion and improve mobility in their lives.
The final stimulus bill will allocate $19 billion to accelerate the adoption of health care information technology by medical groups and hospitals.
The funds are aimed at saving billions in medical errors and at improving quality. It is said that thousands of jobs will also be created in the high-tech sector to promote and impelement the use of technology in health care.
Robert Stafford and John Rea are reporting great attendee interest in our rehabilitation software at Booth #654 at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A big thanks to all of our current and future customers who stopped in to see a therapy documentation software demonstration.
We appreciate your interest and look forward to automating the workflow of your outpatient rehabilitation facility.
Popular former senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has withdrawn from the process to become Health and Human Services secretary due to distractions ensuing from his failure to pay $146,000 in back taxes.
Jim Hammer, COO of Chart Links, was recently invited to participate in a PT business tools software roundtable with editor of Physcal Therapy Products, Arati Murti. Here are a few of the questions and answers that were exchanged:
What specific business areas should PTs evaluate when deciding on what software will help them the most in managing their practice?
Hammer: A system investment will yield the highest return when it is a full workflow management system. A high administrative return on investment comes through scheduling, appointment reminders, and referral/authorization management. A high financial return on investment comes through payor-compliant documentation and denial management tools. A high clinical return on investment comes through a standardized documentation module that is deep and rich with relevant content.
What are the biggest mistakes PTs should avoid in terms of practice-management software?
Hammer: In the purchasing phase, the biggest mistake is not conducting the proper due diligence in evaluating systems and vendors. In the implementation phase, the biggest mistake is skimping on implementation services, especially contracting with a vendor that does not provide professional project-management and/or one-on-one training during implementation. In the support phase, the biggest mistake is partnering with a start-up or inexperienced vendor that does not have the resources to support and maintain the software long-term.
The American Physical Therapy Association has published a YouTube video that covers “A Career in Physical Therapy.”
It’s a very effective look into the daily routines of several therapists who are passionate about what they do and who they do it for. They discuss who they are, where they work, what type of patients they work with, and why they entered the profession.
We encourage you to take a look.
Chart Links will exhibit at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting on February 9-12, 2009 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada at booth #654.
The Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) focuses on programming designed by all 18 of the APTA’s specialty sections. The event brings together more than 7,000 physical therapy professionals from around the nation for 5 days of programming, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall filled with products and services.
Stop by to see John Rea or Robert Stafford at booth #654nd learn about our therapy documentation software. Our rehab software streamlines the daily clinical and administrative tasks in an outpatient setting:
- Therapy Scheduling
- Patient Arrival Notification
- Referral Management
- Therapy Documentation (plan of care, progress notes, evaluations)
- Patient Education
- Regulatory Compliance
Learn more about our rehab software in general.
For a complete listing of tradeshows at which Chart Links will exhibit please view our tradeshow schedule.
The board of directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has elected Cathy Ellis, PT, to service a one year term as board chair succeeding Susanne M. Bruyere, PhD, CRC. The term will begin on January 1, 2009.
“In the coming year, CARF will continue to expand our work to improve the lives of persons served in the human service fields,” Ellis said. “CARF-accredited programs are growing internationally.”
Ellis is the director of physical rehabilitation and the clinical director of the spinal cord program at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington, DC.
Ellis has represented the American Physical Therapy Association on many committes working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She is currently appointed as clinical instructor in health care sceiences on the faculty of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and serves on the advisory board of the physical therapy program at Marymount University.
We wish Cathy Ellis well in her governance role with CARF.
Executive Healthcare Management magazine recently spoke with John Barnes, CEO of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), about the effects of advances in technology and changes in health care needs on the physical therapy profession.
In the article, Mr. Barnes responds to questions like
- What have been some of the biggest developments in physical therapy practice over the last few years?
- What effect will the aging population have on the need for physical therapy?
- What challenges exist for entering the PT profession?
Chart Links was fortunate enough to advertise in this edition of Executive Healthcare Management magazine and encourages you to read the full article.
Chart Links will exhibit at the National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies (NARA) Fall Conference in Las Vegas, NV on October 22-24, 2008. Be sure to stop by and see Robert Stafford or John Rea for a look at the latest version of our electronic documentation and workflow management system for outpatient rehabilitation.
On Friday, October 24, 2008, Chart Links’ VP of Sales, John Rea, will present at the Educational Luncheon at the NARA Conference. His speech is entitled “Electronic Documentation” and will cover how electronic documentation fits within a comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation workflow management system.
Chart Links is a proud Gold Sponsor of NARA.
Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA-F, was published in ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists. The article is entitled “Documentation & Workflow: A Case for Computerization.”
The article is about how today’s health care providers – who face pressures of increased documentation and communication requirements, increased compliance issues, and business-related issues like obtaining authorizations — can leverage information technology to automate processes, streamline workflow, reduce billing errors, increase coding compliance, and improve the quality, consistency and turn-around time of patient documentation.
Ann Kummer, PhD, is the senior director of the Division of Speech Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
To learn how the Division of Speech Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) used Chart Links Rehabilitation Software to reduce its documentation and administrative demands, read their case study.