PT Practitioners May be at Risk Without an EMR System in Place, According to Physical Therapist and Marketing Expert, Nitin Chhoda
With possible government legislation looming for increased physical therapy documentation by 2014, there might be an increase of lawsuits against occupational and physical therapy practices. The need for EMR (electronic medical record) systems has reached the highest demand ever, especially during this time of the year. Chhoda guides his fellow physical therapists as they will use this latest type of documentation.
Denville, NJ (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
As physical therapists increase their office size and client demand grows, especially in today's private practice, the increase in record keeping errors in the office also increases, and client communication becomes more important.
“As a PT, you know you're responsible for assessing a patient at every visit. But did you know that if the patient's overall health condition or functional status has worsened, you must report it to the physician or healthcare provider in charge of the patient's medical treatment? Failure to do so leaves you open to possible legal action for professional negligence,” as recently stated in a HPSO Risk Advisor article.
“In today's litigious society, it is not enough to simply make a phone call to the client's physician or healthcare provider to make a verbal report.” Nitin Chhoda, a physical therapy marketing expert said. Chhoda is also a physical therapist himself, who provides EMR information for physical therapy services online with his website, emrnews.com, http://www.emrnews.com/physical-therapy-marketing-identifying-and-contracting-with-the-best-payers/.
“EMR and physical therapy documentation software, has become an essential aid in physical therapy management to avoid being sued.” Chhoda added.
Physical therapy EMR provides the ability to automatically keep the physician, healthcare provider and patient, in the loop at all times concerning changes in a patients care. Using the latest physical therapy scheduling software also provides proof of notification by time stamped and documented email. PDF records can be safely stored off site using a cloud system that also allows for easy access by the staff.
It is no longer a matter in today's world of “if” your physical therapy practice will be sued, but when! Physical therapy documentation software provides the fully documented backup needed, to prove a patients therapy history and physicians communication.
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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