Managing the Plan of Care
As every rehab provider knows, one critical aspect of the documentation process is the plan of care, which must be developed and certified within 30 days of the initial treatment. In addition, plans must also be recertified every 90 days after treatment is initiated or whenever the plan needs to be significantly modified.
Obviously, staying on top of these details can be time consuming, and if a certification or recertification is overlooked, your claims will be denied because, according to CMS, “Payment is dependent on the certification of the plan of care rather than the order.”
Because the plan-of-care format and requirements vary substantially from the typical charting functions, a specialized tool to assist with plan-of-care management can be a tremendous benefit to your practice. The right plan-of-care tool should include the ability to:
- Create custom templates for each referring physician in your network
- Alert when signatures and certifications are missing
- Alert when recertifications are coming due
- Track plan-of-care compliance by therapist
With these features in place, you can be confident that critical plan-of-care details will not be overlooked.