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APTA Leader Works to Get Broad PT Participation in Vital New Registry

Posted by Karen Bond on Dec 12, 2017 8:07:08 AM
The team here at Cedaron has worked closely with leaders of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2003, when they selected us as their sole EMR vendor from a field of 80 competitors. Our CONNECT software automatically uploads data to APTA’s Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry. You’ll understand why this is so important after you read this post from APTA CEO Justin Moore. In it, he shares why this new registry is a vital technological leap for the physical therapy profession. 
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Topics: APTA, physical therapy, EMR, software

Cedaron Medical Adds American Heart Association Registry to CardiacCare EMR

Posted by Rob Otto on Dec 7, 2017 3:38:12 PM
Our team at Cedaron Medical is pleased to announce today thatwe are now an authorized vendor for the American Heart Association’s premier registry for acute myocardial infarction, the Get With The Guidelines®-Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) registry.
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Topics: EMR, AHA, Registry, patient outcomes, American Heart Assocoation

See why many physical therapists think Cedaron CONNECT gives them an advantage

Posted by Karen Bond on Oct 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM
   
Cedaron has developed powerful software that allows physical therapists to spend more time on patients and improve their standard of care.
 
With Cedaron CONNECT, your staff will be able to instantaneously see how effective various treatment regimens are for injuries because our software connects with the comprehensive Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry being developed by the American Physical Therapy Association.
 
This registry arrives at a crucial time for this industry. In 2019, physical therapists will begin participating in Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS. Payments then will be based on evidence and quality data.
 
As I noted in a blog post yesterday, the Cedaron team has been through the registry process before with cardiologists and thoracic surgeons, and we developed software so effective that nine major software developers — ASCEND, AGFA, Cerner, Digisonics Fuji, McKesson, Merge, Philips, and ScImage — now offer Cedaron's CardiacCare & Cento Analytics as their preferred Registry software.
 
In order to pair our software with so many systems, Cedaron's software engineers had to become adept at building seamless interfaces. We now bring that expertise to our CONNECT product. That’s why chief information officers love us.
 
Now let me share a few reasons why our software also has won favor with physical therapists, chief executive officers and chief finance officers.
 
We have automated many processes, so PT departments need less administrative staff and physical therapists can cut documentation time to a minimum. 
 
Here’s one example: As you know, some EHR companies issue a new account number for patients every 30 days. That’s works out fine when it’s a surgery that keeps a patient in the hospital for only a few days.
 
But physical therapy can last six weeks or more. If that new account number isn’t put into a PT patient’s record at the end of the month, that can significantly slow down reimbursements. Our software automatically looks for these new account numbers and adds them to the record. That’s something you won’t get from our competitors.
 
And, in another time-saving feature unique to our software, Cedaron CONNECT automatically feeds information to APTA’s Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry as it is entered. Your staff won’t have to enter data over and again, and your organization doesn’t need to pay to have an interface developed.
 
When you add the simplicity and functionality of Cedaron’s CONNECT software together with the robust data on the APTA’s Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, you begin to see the power of technology that works for you. Physical therapists finally will be able to make the case for the viability of their treatment regimen versus more invasive or potentially addictive options. 
 
Already, our clients in hospitals and private practice have told us that Cedaron’s CONNECT software has helped them achieve: 
 
A 36.2 percent reduction in documentation time.
—A 23.5 percent reduction in administrative staffing.
—Significant reduction or complete elimination of denied claims.
—An increase of 250 patient visits, per therapist, per year.
 
Feel free to call us at (800) 424-1007 for a demonstration of CONNECT. Or click here to schedule it online.


Cedaron. Calm the storm.
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Topics: connect, karen bond, MIPS, EMR, EHR, registry, MIPS, PAtient outcomes,

Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

Posted by Karen Bond on Oct 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM
 
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Posted by Garrett Wilkerson on Jan 24, 2017 8:30:00 AM

 

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Quite Simply, It's Complex: The Truth About Four New OT Evaluation Codes

Posted by Malcolm L. Bond, Ph.D. on Dec 15, 2016 9:08:05 AM

Just four new codes...seems easy, right? The truth is, this new evaluation code law for 2017 has a little more going on just below the surface. The standards of an evaluation will remain the same. The real curve-ball here is the newly added system to classify complexity. Physical therapists have four components to consider, and each level of complexity has criteria for elements from each. (Are you a Physical Therapist? Click here) Here’s a quick breakdown:

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Topics: 2017 New Evaluation Codes

Quite Simply, It's Complex: The Truth About Four New PT Evaluation Codes

Posted by Malcolm L. Bond, Ph.D. on Dec 15, 2016 9:07:24 AM

 

Just four new codes...seems easy, right? The truth is, this new evaluation code law for 2017 has a little more going on just below the surface. The standards of an evaluation will remain the same. The real curve-ball here is the newly added system to classify complexity. Physical therapists have four components to consider, and each level of complexity has criteria for elements from each. (Are you an Occupational Therapist? Click here) Here’s a quick breakdown:

1. Patient History

This includes comorbidities, their functioning level prior to what led them to seek care, relevant treatment approaches in the past, and various factors such as medications, work status, social history, and more. The key here is to only consider aspects of the patient’s history that directly impact the plan of care now.

2. Examination 

Includes body structure and function, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. The last two might seem a little redundant, but there are subtle differences between them. The ICF defines activity limitations as “difficulties an individual may have in executing activities” and participation restrictions as “problems an individual may experience in involvement in life situations”. Here’s a post for reference on what the ICF is all about. Activities and participation include- but are not limited to- mobility, self-care, domestic life, interpersonal interactions and relationships, and civic life.

3. Clinical Presentation 

The patient is stable and uncomplicated. This is your straightforward athlete with an ankle sprain- their ankle hurt the worst at time of injury, is getting better, and you can expect it to get better over time.

The patient has evolving clinical presentation with changing clinical characteristics. This patient could be someone who began treatment with neck and upper back pain and now also has numbness in the right arm and hand. The symptoms are evolving and definitely have the potential to get worse.

The patient has evolving clinical presentation with unstable and unpredictable characteristics. Take our back pain and hand numbness patient from a moment ago, and throw in orthostatic hypotension. There is a risk every time you have the patient change positions that their blood pressure can bottom out, ergo their blood pressure is unstable and unpredictable

4. Clinical Decision Making

The final piece of the puzzle. This is your judgement as a therapist based on the big picture of the patient regarding their treatment plan. It can be of low, moderate, or high complexity, and the decision must be made using a “standardized patient assessment instrument and/or measurable assessment of functional outcome”.

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Topics: 2017 New Evaluation Codes

3 Interfaces Every Hospital Outpatient Clinic Needs

Posted by Katelyn Rossi on Nov 29, 2016 3:39:28 PM

 

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Topics: Outpatient Rehab EMR, Interfacing

3 Reasons MIPS is More Important Than You Think

Posted by Katelyn Rossi on Nov 8, 2016 8:55:16 AM
New evaluation codes are not the only change right around the corner. CMS released the final 2017 Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization ACT (MACRA) in October, and the provision that should be on every therapists’ radar is the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Why is it relevant now when it doesn’t even apply to therapists yet? Take a look.
 
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Topics: 2017 New Evaluation Codes

Choosing an EMR: 8 Must Have Tools

Posted by Chance Grossman on Oct 25, 2016 12:32:51 PM

 

When it Comes to Compliance.... not all EMRs are created equal.  In fact, most — despite their claims — lack the robust technology and tools needed to effortlessly manage today’s growing payee regulations.

Since many first-time technology adopters “don’t know what they don’t know,” we’ve listed some of the must-have technologies that your clinic will want to ensure compliance.

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Topics: 2017 New Evaluation Codes, ICD-10, ICF, CPT codes, changing evaluation codes

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