"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Saturday, August 2, 2008

New Physical Therapy Medicare Progress Note

We have just updated our proprietary physical therapy Progress Note for Medicare.

The latest revision is consistent with the American Physical Therapy Association's recent endorsement of the World Health Organization's (WHO) 2001 International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF).

The new Progress Note is posted at Bulletproof PT Charts.

The Progress Note is a template and is free to use.

You still have the responsibility to determine medical necessity for physical therapy, demonstrate skilled therapy and show expected improvement.

This note is just a tool to help you get there.

You have to scroll down the page a little to 'Medicare Progress Note and Re-Certification'.

You may need to modify the note to fit the needs of your PT facility.

The note is based on the ICF framework (Participation, Abilities and Body Structure/Function).

The note uses the OPTIMAL scale, baseline and follow-up, for outcomes measurement.

To learn more about a fully compliant physical therapy note and chart visit Bulletproof-PT-Charts.com.

Free free to use the note - if you have feedback either way, good or bad, please tell us to your experience.

Just comment to this blog.


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Tim Richardson, PT owns a private practice at Medical Arts Rehabilitation, Inc in Palmetto, Florida. The clinic website is at MedicalArtsRehab.com.

Bulletproof Expert Systems: Clinical Decision Support for Physical Therapists in the Outpatient Setting is a manager's workbook with stories, checklists, charts, graphs, tables, and templates describing how you can use paper-based or computerized tools to improve your clinic's Medicare compliance, process adherence and patient outcomes.

Tim has implemented a computerized Clinical Decision Support (CDS) system in his clinic since 2006 that serves as a Reminder, Alerting, Prompting and Predicting CDS using evidence-based tests and measures.

Tim can be reached at
TimRichPT@BulletproofPT.com .

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