Clinicient Inc, headquartered in Portland, Ore, recently announced the results of an industry survey, designed to investigate how efficiently outpatient rehabilitation practices perform day-to-day activities.

A company news release notes that a total of 759 therapists, practice owners, and administrative staff completed the brand-neutral survey and indicated a widespread industry need for technology and services that improve therapist efficiency.

According to the release, in response to the survey’s findings, Clinicient published a free 12-page guide intended to assist physical therapy practices in improving the efficiency of their staff.

The guide is titled “Six Ways to Have More Time for Patient Care.” It is part of the Clinicient “Playbooks” series.

The ongoing web-based survey of the industry at-large launched in February and featured seven questions made to gauge efficiency. Respondents were not paid for their time, the release says, or prescreened, to ensure validity of results.

The results, the release reports, are as follows:

When asked if all patient registration, scheduling, documentation, and billing information was captured in one system, 33% of the respondents said no.

When asked if they have a system to proactively manage patient cases by detecting attendance or early dropout issues, the results indicate 49% of participants said no.

A total of 47% indicated that they did not have a system that tracks and automatically codes the therapist’s billable time.

Forty seven percent of respondents also indicated that they did not have a way to track all therapists’ available time and the percentage that was billed.

When asked if templates and goal tracking tools were used to make it fast and easy to document care and demonstrate progress, the survey results indicate 38% of respondents said no.

Forty percent of respondents indicated that they did not use system-driven alerts, prompts, and controls to simplify and enforce Medicare compliance.

Lastly, when it comes to using home exercise programs, the results suggest 7% replied that they did not use them.

Source: Clinicient Inc