As a pediatric speech therapist, you know that defensible documentation (i.e., clear and detailed notes) is an essential part of demonstrating your skilled service and getting paid.


Tired of taking your documentation home with you? Maybe it’s time to give point-of-care documentation a try.


Note: This post is written from an SLP point-of-view, but it’ll work for OTs and PTs too!

Prior authorizations have rapidly become the norm. That means that if you can’t show a need for skilled services, the insurer won’t pay for treatment.

Even the most Type A of pediatric SLPs don’t get excited about tedious paperwork. We go into speech therapy because we want to help our kiddos, not so that we can spend hours on documentation!

But good documentation is important if you want payers to approve treatment and pay claims. The less you have to go back and forth with payers, the more time you’ll have for more important things.

In a webinar she did for ASHA, Shannon Butkus, MS, CCC-SLP laid out three easy-to-follow rules that will help you demonstrate the medical necessity of treatment.


We live in a world that is increasingly going digital. Despite this, many pediatric therapists and clinic managers are still doing their work primarily on paper. Why is this?


Last Updated 7/3/18

If you work as a pediatric OT, you know that documentation is not only the key to getting paid, it is also a representation of therapy’s distinct value to a child.  Whether you’re still using a pen & paper or you use therapy software for your therapy documentation, completing and managing SOAP notes and evaluations for every patient can be overwhelming and sometimes costly–especially if you have a full case load. (more…)

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