As a multi-clinic owner of a physical therapy private practice outside of Orlando, Florida, having the right EMR to run the business is vital. Being able to track patient charts, authorizations, billing practices, any inventory or sales items, and employee stats is crucial on a daily basis, but can also cost you a lot of time and energy to narrow down if you don’t have the right software.
When my husband and I opened our first clinic in 2009, I did not think about how much the practice software we chose would impact our daily operations. I thought if I was an exceptional physical therapist, the rest would fall into place. Not quite! With the adoption of more and more insurance companies requiring pre-authorizations and all of the very sneaky billing nuances, our software needed to be able to easily address it all without costing us time or money on more back office employees.
As our practice grew, we found ourselves on 3-4 different systems – one for billing, one for reports to doctors, one for scheduling, and then our highly vulnerable paper charts. These systems all worked well on their own, but when you paired them all together it made for major complications with new employee training and tracking down information. These 4 systems caused us to be inefficient and confused when it came to tracking any type of statistics; It took hours to figure out how profitable the clinic was in a day/week/month/year; It was virtually impossible to quickly check patient outcomes and clinician efficiency; Billing for 50+ patients a day took hours to submit. And countless other downfalls occurred on a daily basis.
My husband and I decided to take matters into our own hands. Being a physical therapist, and his background of 20+ years as a software engineer seemed like the perfect match. Together, we slowly created a single cloud-based system that not only saved us countless hours of manpower and money, but helped our practice run aspects seamlessly. What now is Savvy Scrubs EMR (www.SavvyScrubsEMR.com), tackles everything from the medical chart, to scheduling, to billing, claims, authorizations, stats, inventory and sales, marketing and more. The program is entirely web based and is accessed on laptops and tablets by our clinicians. Patient contact and interaction is our main priority, and Savvy Scrubs EMR is what helps us to maintain that special connection we have spent the past 7 years building.
For the 10 years I have been a physical therapist, I have first hand witnessed the lack of empowerment in our profession, especially private practice. Larger hospital organizations are moving in everywhere trying to infiltrate our communities, putting a lot of private PT’s out of business. Savvy Scrubs EMR will not only help you run a smooth and efficient practice, but it will allow you and your staff to focus on what is truly important, your patients.
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