Physical therapy forms are an important part of a practice. Keeping proper records will ensure patients are not mixed up and all treatments done will be documented correctly. Correct physical therapy forms ensure organization in filing and also making claims to insurance companies. If there is even the slightest discrepancy insurance companies will send back the forms and compensation will take that much longer to be received. This is simply not an option especially when dealing as a start up physical therapy office or working with physical therapy patients who might not have the funds to pay for their treatment in a lump sum.
Physical therapy forms cover all aspects of the therapist dealing with patients. The forms start with the initial examination and evaluation, then each visit is chronicled, each time the patient is re-examined it is documented, then when treatment is concluded there are discharge physical therapy forms to fill out. At the beginning of treatment the patient’s vital information is collected: name, identification number, address, phone number, email. For each subsequent form filled out the customer’s name and identification number should be listed to ensure no mix ups with other patients. Each piece of physical therapy documentation from examination to discharge should be authenticated by the overseeing therapist and probably the entrepreneur as well.
Initial examination physical therapy forms should indicate who referred the patient or if the patient came on their own. Depending on the form will determine if the referral source needs to be listed again. Initial examination forms should also include the patient demographics, social and living environment, any growth or development issues, employment, health status, habits, family history, medical history, medications, clinical tests as well as the complaints the patient has upon beginning physical therapy. Physical therapy forms about the patient visits will document a self report by the patient as well as changes the patient feels after and in response to treatments.
Discharge physical therapy forms document the patient’s physical status after treatment has concluded. If there is improvement in the patient this is noted. If there is not, the patient may be sent back to a general practitioner to be prescribed more physical therapy or other services. Physical therapists may sometimes ask their clients to fill out the physical therapy forms for insurance purposes. The insurance forms the patient may need to fill out are the patient information form, appointment policy, financial policy, Assignment of Benefits, history and the final authorization for.