Medical forms are required in all medical facilities. This also applies to patients who go to their physical therapist. Physical therapy forms are normally submitted as soon as the patients walk in the door and before a session with the therapist gets started.
The main purpose of using physical therapy forms is for accurate documentation. This is especially true for new patients. A new patient might need to fill up a set of forms, the patient information form, medical history form, policy acknowledgement form, cancellation policy and notice of privacy forms.
The registration physical therapy forms contain the basic information about the patient. It might also contain basic information about the insurance coverage of the patient. When the patient submits this form, the office staff will verify the patient’s coverage. There are cases when the patient’s coverage is already used up. Inability to correctly verify insurance coverage information on the physical therapy forms could lead to unpaid or denied reimbursement claims.
Physical therapy forms that details the medical history of the patient is also important before any session is started. Knowing the what, when, how of a patient’s medical condition is a must so the therapist can give an accurate assessment of the patient’s condition. Accurate assessment will ensure that the therapist will come up with the best treatment plan.
Financial policy physical therapy forms aims to document that the patient acknowledged and authorized the medical facility to bill services rendered to the patient’s medical insurance company. It also attests to the fact that the patient will shoulder all fees not covered by his or her insurance.
No-Show physical therapy forms at some point will also be introduced and signed by the patient. Patient cancelling their appointments at the last minute is time lost to the therapist. To maximize the patient hours of a therapist, a 24-hour notice is normally observed. The clinic reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee for short notice cancellations.
Since the health condition of an individual is always private and personal, notice of privacy practices can also form part of the physical therapy forms a patient gets at the initial visit. Although there are cases wherein a medical facility might need to disclose a patient’s information, this form seeks inform the patients of how and in what circumstances these might be disclosed.
Using physical therapy forms is an integral part of the daily operations of clinic. Usage of all the appropriate forms sets the stage for accurate and complete physical therapy documentation of patient’s personal and medical information.