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How Does Physical Therapy Software Assist with Documentation?

By Ada Gudex, Senior Director and GM, TheraOffice

Physical therapy software assists physical therapists with documentation by providing a variety of features that make it easier for them to keep track of the progress of their patients. Some popular features built into the software include tracking treatment goals, noting patient progress, and recording treatments. Some software even allows therapists to communicate with their patients more effectively by sending them notifications about their treatment plans and progress.

Tracking Treatment Goals

When patients are treated by physical therapists, it is important to track their goals to ensure they are receiving the best possible care. Therapists can enter goals into the initial evaluation in the software and then see those goals each time the patient is treated.

By tracking patients’ goals, providers can provide the best possible treatment while keeping the patient informed of their progress. Additionally, when patients know what they should be striving for, they are more likely to achieve their objectives (i.e. complete their plan of care). It is critical for providers to prove that their patients are meeting their goals to gain trust with referring physicians. Furthermore, insurance carriers may even ask for proof of goals being met to validate reimbursement.

Patient Treatment Progression

In addition to tracking goals, physical therapy EHR software can make it very easy to record treatment progressions. In a good physical therapy software solution, there are a few handy ways providers can input the treatments that were completed during a patient’s session. Similar to patient goals, treatments will also pull forward from note to note. Providers always have the option to look back to any notes that have been completed throughout the patient’s plan of care to see what treatments were performed. These tools allow providers to quickly identify and document which treatments they completed with their patients so that they can spend more time face to face with them.

Streamline Clinical Billing Processes

Lastly, utilizing a software to complete documentation can help streamline a practice’s billing processes. As many probably know, billing is one of the most important functions of any business. With that said, medical billing can be quite difficult and time-consuming to do manually. With documentation software, clinics can automate their billing process and make it easier for employees to understand and input data accurately. This helps businesses stay organized and keep track of costs.

At the end of the day, physical therapy software can assist providers in multiple ways. From tracking patient goals and treatments to ensuring charges get entered accurately, physical therapy software is an essential tool for any physical therapy practice.

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Ada Gudex · Senior Director and GM, TheraOffice

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