"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

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Resource for Functional Reporting in 2013 for Physical Therapists

Are you concerned about the new Medicare mandates for Functional Reporting for therapy services in 2013? Are you and your staff fully equipped to manage the change?  Do you know which are the best reporting templates?

I've written a new book for physical therapist managers to implement Functional Reporting based on 8 years of experience with self-report measures in my private practice.

This book is for therapists new to functional reporting as well as for therapists who need to gain that extra edge to remain competitive.

I've written this book, pictured in the upper left, for physical therapy managers to implement self-report questionnaires into their clinical workflow. The book was published January 7th, 2012 and it has so far sold well.

I started implementing functional testing systematically in 2005.  I had the help of my fellow PTs, physical therapist assistants, administrators, and various support staff.  We also started the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) in July 2007, the first year physical therapists were eligible to report.

Chapter One discusses the implementation process, Chapter Two discusses therapist-scored performance measures like the Berg score. The bulk of the book (pp. 73 - 131) describes in detail the self-report tests physical therapists use. I describe 20 self-report tests.

Smart managers will choose the top two or three tests for their high-volume caseloads. Click the link in the upper left to buy the book from the publisher's website at a substantial discount from Amazon. Please e-mail me with any questions you might have.

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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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