While we continue to see the upwards shift in digital healthcare experiences and self-service engagement, it's a no-brainer that patient portals offer exceptional value to therapists and patients alike. For therapists, portals can streamline digital intake and patient registration processes as well as reduce time spent on clinical, administrative, or billing tasks. On the other hand, patients can benefit from the convenience of online access to medical records, visit summaries, and E-Statements, along with other communication opportunities such as direct messaging or telehealth.
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What Are Predictive Analytics?
Simply put, predictive analytics uses collected data to predict future events with complex algorithms and machine learning. In the context of managing a therapy and rehab practice, that can mean anything from predicting projected revenue to tracking patient trends.
The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, famously said: “Necessity is the mother of invention" - and with COVID finally coming to an end, it's safe to say that the pandemic definitely did create the mother of all necessities. Because today, patient engagement is all-encompassing. From self-scheduling to automated messaging and digital intake to virtual payment methods, new technologies have continued to shape how providers engage with patients as well as influence how patients behave themselves.
Communication skills are the foundation of human interaction, so sustaining an injury that impairs or deprives us of the ability to speak can be a devastating blow. That's why speech therapists have highly effective treatments available to help patients restore their speech and language capabilities to the maximum extent possible.
In fact, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease are common causes of cognitive communication disorders. So, because May is Stroke Awareness Month, join us in learning more about speech therapy and its opportunities for patients recovering from cerebrovascular injuries such as TBIs or stroke.
While the evolution of current COVID variants are less likely to cause critical illness, they have still been recognized as highly contagious. In fact, studies show that nearly 53% of patients struggle with symptoms for up to 12 months after infection - a year of constant sickness that can be life-altering! So, with variants and strains like Omicron or Delta, it's very possible to see a rise in long-term COVID patients in the upcoming future.
It can be difficult to figure out how you should be billing Medicare for therapy services, especially if your practice offers both group and individual therapy options. It's understandable - there are a ton of similarities between the services on both a treatment plan and billing code level. So, join us today as we compare the differences between the two and review a couple of billing scenarios to make sure that you're getting reimbursed accurately.