Tuomey Healthcare System’s Outpatient Rehab Services Implements Chart Links Rehabilitation Software

Chart Links, a provider of rehabilitation workflow management software, announces the implementation of its electronic therapy documentation and scheduling by 15 therapists at Tuomey Healthcare System’s Outpatient Rehab Services.

Rehab Services is a leading provider of outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, developmental pediatrics, audiology and speech therapy in South Carolina. Located in the Tuomey Medical Park, Rehab Services includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapy assistants, certified athletic trainers, therapy technicians and administrative staff. The facility treats 150-200 patients per day.

“We researched systems for about a year,” says Jerry Shadbolt, M.Ed., ATC and Outpatient Clinical Manager. “We found Chart Links to be the most user-friendly and modifiable to meet our needs. Our goal was to make our clinicians as efficient and productive as possible by ridding ourselves of the paper. Chart Links is a flexible program offering us a variety of documentation templates — from pediatrics to ortho to spine.”

Chart Links software streamlines all of the daily tasks associated with a patient’s physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, or audiology visits. The software manages adult and pediatric therapy treatment by automating evaluations, flow sheets, progress notes, patient education, clinical correspondence, and plans of care. It also manages payer compliance, provider reimbursement, outcomes reporting, administrative functions, business intelligence and enterprise productivity.

“From a management perspective,” says Shadbolt, “Chart Links keeps our clinicians compliant and accountable. We now have fewer incomplete documents at the end of the day. And, when it comes to reporting, there will be less of a ‘beastly effort’ to gather data and measure productivity. Overall, I give the product a high grade.”

Affiliated with 301-bed hospital Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Rehab Services has also implemented an interface from MEDITECH, the hospital’s information system, to Chart Links. Components of the interface include registration and billing data.

“Management of authorizations is one area that has greatly improved,” says Renee Brown, Office Manager. “We used to depend on the manual tracking efforts of our therapists and staff. Now, authorizations are automatically tracked in the system.”

About Chart Links, LLC
For over 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. For more information about Chart Links, visithttp://www.chartlinks.com

About Tuomey Healthcare System’s Rehab Services
Tuomey’s Rehab Services team works every day to deliver personalized rehabilitation plans to help patients optimize their potential for good health. With an on-site physician, complete range of rehab services, world-class equipment and a team of rehab specialists, the rehab program is recognized as the finest and most comprehensive in the region. Tuomey rehab programs include physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, developmental pediatrics, audiology and speech therapy.  For more information, go to http://www.tuomey.com/facilities/tuomeymedicalpark.aspx

Occupational Therapy Documentation Software

August 14, 2009 · Posted in occupational therapy · Comment 

Occupational therapists, or OTs, focus on enabling people to participate in everyday activities so that they can live life to the fullest.  When it comes to building the software that OTs use to document care, we want to ensure that they’re able to perform their job to the fullest.  That’s why we’ve made our occupational therapy workflow software rich with features for OTs.

In addition to administrative and financial features like patient registration, referral management, insurance authorization, cross-discipline schedule, charges, reporting/analytics and outcomes — we offer the following occupational therapy documentation features:

  • OT Evaluations.  Standard occupational therapy (OT) evaluation forms library (i.e., hand, work conditioning, neurological). 
  • OT Patient Education.  Print on-demand patient handouts (i.e., home programs). 
  • Patient Arrival Notification.  OT may receive a page on his/her beeper to be notified when a patient has checked in.
  • Authorizations.  Monitor authorized visits for OT evaluation and follow-up visits.
  • Compliance.  Compliance with JCAHO, cARF, HIPAA and other rehabilitation professional standards.  Ensure compliance with Medicare CCI edits, modifiers and time tracking during documentation of care.

For more information about how Chart Links Rehab Software supports the documentation of care of occupational therapists, visit our website.