What is Speech Therapy EMR Software?
When it comes to implementing an electronic medical record system
, the features and needs of practices with speech therapy specialty are not like those of their common medical specialties. The speech-language pathologists need to automate their routine work like the things they have to do, again and again, data documentation, accessing clinical information, coding for reimbursements etc.
Other than this, the speech therapists need some unique features for their practices. They have complex document management needs. They also want to follow the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) guidelines
Each practice has its own needs. Some practices want full-fledged EMRs for clinical documentation and support service. Others need practices management features like appointment making and billing.
Main features of Speech Therapy EMR Software
To have a good understanding of how a software works, it is advisable to learn about the different features and functionalities of the software. Before choosing a Speech Therapy EMR Software, we should check if the software has the following key features:
The speech therapists need to record large volumes of data in the EMR system. The software must have enough storage that can manage all the medical data.
CPT & ICD coding
The speech therapy EMR software should be able to read and reference the set of CPT and ICD codes. Top vendors also offer the feature of selecting favorite codes, which are used very frequently.
SOAP notes templates
The software should include speech therapy related SOAP notes templates. For example, swallowing exams, voice exams, cognitive communication exams
The Speech therapy EMR software must offer speech therapy-specific lists. These lists are for lab orders, procedure orders and radiology order.
The software must contain pre-loaded G-codes and modifiers to automate PQRS reports. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can avoid Medicare Part B payment penalties with the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)