Billing is a highly-necessary procedure for physical therapists in particular, as some patients may have sessions that last over a period of several months. Electronic medical record (EMR) simplifies billing for both physical therapists and patients in a variety of ways. “Convenience is the keyword for the 21st century clinic. Today’s population is busy and mobile, with little time left after meeting, work, and family obligations,” physical therapist and marketing expert, Nitin Chhoda stated.
EMRs allow patients to make payments on their own time with a push of a button. Today’s consumers are used to online billing for various services, however, some medical providers still insist on paper bills. Online billing through EMR allows patients to make either one-time payments, ongoing payments, and sometimes participate in automatic billing via credit or debit card. EMRs make it easier for both patient and physical therapist, without the patient pay with a checkbook. If a physical therapist would like to move into online billing, an EMR is a logical step.
As per Chhoda’s latest blog post, prior to online billing, physical therapist billing used to involve mailed checks or credit card payments taken over the phone. Both of these practices took office assistants’ time to manage billing, and involved a lot of upkeep. However, with EMR physical therapists can receive their funding in as little as 48 hours. Consumers are also able to pay on a variety of devices, such as phone or tablet, without waiting for a paper bill. Providers can increase their income by 23% by adding the ability to receive credit card payments, and EMR provides that opportunity.
EMRs represent a new wave in improved patient care and physical therapist billing. Physical therapists looking to streamline their practice in income and medical records should consider using EMRs. As one of the facets of the changing face of healthcare, EMRs are an essential tool for the survival of a physical therapist office.
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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