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NueMD offers a Web-based, integrated suite with an ONC-ATCB certified EHR and practice management system. Built for use by many practice types, the system offers customizable features for speech therapy practices.
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NueMD offers a Web-based, integrated suite with an ONC-ATCB certified EHR and practice management system. Built for use by many practice types, the system offers customizable features for speech therapy practices.
 
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Ideal for smaller practices, Kareo offers an affordable Web-based solution for many practice types, including speech therapy. The system features a certified EMR as well as Kareo’s well-known billing solution.
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Ideal for smaller practices, Kareo offers an affordable Web-based solution for many practice types, including speech therapy. The system features a certified EMR as well as Kareo’s well-known billing solution.
 
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Designed specifically for therapy practices, WebPT offers an integrated EHR and practice management solution marked by its ease of use. The system features robust document management support as well as billing.
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Designed specifically for therapy practices, WebPT offers an integrated EHR and practice management solution marked by its ease of use. The system features robust document management support as well as billing.
 
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Orchestra One is a cloud-based medical solution made for small, direct-care private practices. Key features include schedule management, patient communications, billing and online booking. Orchestra One offers an online booking site... Read More
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Orchestra One is a cloud-based medical solution made for small, direct-care private practices. Key features include schedule management, patient communications, billing and online booking. Orchestra One offers an online booking site... Read More
 
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TotalMD offers a robust practice management solution with medical billing and appointment scheduling. Ideal for small and mid-sized speech therapy practices, the system can be installed on-premise or deployed in the cloud.
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TotalMD offers a robust practice management solution with medical billing and appointment scheduling. Ideal for small and mid-sized speech therapy practices, the system can be installed on-premise or deployed in the cloud.

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Insight EMR and Billing by Clinicient logo
 
Clinicient offers a complete and customizable practice management and billing suite. Ideal for practices specializing in PT, OT, and SLP, it offers the option of handling billing internally or utilizing their billing services.
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Clinicient offers a complete and customizable practice management and billing suite. Ideal for practices specializing in PT, OT, and SLP, it offers the option of handling billing internally or utilizing their billing services.
 
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Marked by ease of use, DAQBilling is a comprehensive billing and scheduling solution ideal for small and mid-sized practices. Its billing profiles are fully customizable for SLPs, and the system integrates with many EHR solutions.
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Marked by ease of use, DAQBilling is a comprehensive billing and scheduling solution ideal for small and mid-sized practices. Its billing profiles are fully customizable for SLPs, and the system integrates with many EHR solutions.
 
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PT Practice Pro is a web-based practice management solution that can be customized for physical, occupational, behavioral and speech therapy. Its flexible documentation features can be tailored to users’ unique workflows.
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PT Practice Pro is a web-based practice management solution that can be customized for physical, occupational, behavioral and speech therapy. Its flexible documentation features can be tailored to users’ unique workflows.
 
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Mercury Medical offers a medical billing and patient scheduling solution for a multitude of practitioners, including SLPs. This practice management solution integrates with many EMR systems to eliminate double entry.
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Mercury Medical offers a medical billing and patient scheduling solution for a multitude of practitioners, including SLPs. This practice management solution integrates with many EMR systems to eliminate double entry.
 
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APTA Connect by Cedaron Medical is a scalable, on-premise Practice Management solution for rehabilitative practices of all sizes. It focuses on practices that provide medical services such as physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational... Read More
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APTA Connect by Cedaron Medical is a scalable, on-premise Practice Management solution for rehabilitative practices of all sizes. It focuses on practices that provide medical services such as physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational... Read More

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ReDoc powered by xfit is cloud-based rehab therapy documentation, scheduling and practice management software for practices of all sizes. A fully-integrated solution from Net Health, ReDoc drives PT, OT, and SLP workflow that moves... Read More
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ReDoc powered by xfit is cloud-based rehab therapy documentation, scheduling and practice management software for practices of all sizes. A fully-integrated solution from Net Health, ReDoc drives PT, OT, and SLP workflow that moves... Read More
 
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Optima Therapy is a cloud-based solution that offers electronic medical records, patient scheduling and billing to physical therapy, speech therapy and rehabilitation practices. It is suitable for practices of all sizes. Optima Therapy... Read More
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Optima Therapy is a cloud-based solution that offers electronic medical records, patient scheduling and billing to physical therapy, speech therapy and rehabilitation practices. It is suitable for practices of all sizes. Optima Therapy... Read More
 
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NovoClinical EHR offers a suite of practice management tools that can be installed on-premise or accessed through the cloud. The software is also iPad and tablet compatible. NovoClinical is an appropriate fit for small and medium-sized... Read More
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NovoClinical EHR offers a suite of practice management tools that can be installed on-premise or accessed through the cloud. The software is also iPad and tablet compatible. NovoClinical is an appropriate fit for small and medium-sized... Read More
 
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Specifically designed to support smaller practices with five providers or less, EnableDoc EHR is a cost-effective, Web-based electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) solution. EnableDoc is modular, allowing practices... Read More
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Specifically designed to support smaller practices with five providers or less, EnableDoc EHR is a cost-effective, Web-based electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) solution. EnableDoc is modular, allowing practices... Read More
 
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AltaPoint is an ICD-10 and CMS-1500 compliant practice management system and can be deployed both on-premise and in the cloud. The software has a built-in H7 interface, which gives users the flexibility to use third-party electronic... Read More
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AltaPoint is an ICD-10 and CMS-1500 compliant practice management system and can be deployed both on-premise and in the cloud. The software has a built-in H7 interface, which gives users the flexibility to use third-party electronic... Read More

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Navicure ClaimFlow is specially developed for claims management, including billing and payments processes. The software caters to health care organizations of all sizes, and can only be deployed as a Web-based solution. In addition... Read More
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Navicure ClaimFlow is specially developed for claims management, including billing and payments processes. The software caters to health care organizations of all sizes, and can only be deployed as a Web-based solution. In addition... Read More
 
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Healthland EHR is an electronic medical records (EMR) system designed to meet the needs of rural and community hospitals with under 200 beds. It is ONC-ATCB certified and meets all requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 2. Providers... Read More
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Healthland EHR is an electronic medical records (EMR) system designed to meet the needs of rural and community hospitals with under 200 beds. It is ONC-ATCB certified and meets all requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 2. Providers... Read More
 
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Office Ally’s Practice Mate is a Web-based medical practice management system for small to midsized practices with multiple offices. It can be customized to fit the needs of any specialty and assists in digitizing many of the activities... Read More
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Office Ally’s Practice Mate is a Web-based medical practice management system for small to midsized practices with multiple offices. It can be customized to fit the needs of any specialty and assists in digitizing many of the activities... Read More
 
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Founded in 2000, Office Ally’s EHR 24/7 is a standalone, web-based electronic health record (EHR) for all medical specialties. The solution is ONC-ATCB certified and HIPAA-compliant and offers users secure login and data storage.... Read More
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Founded in 2000, Office Ally’s EHR 24/7 is a standalone, web-based electronic health record (EHR) for all medical specialties. The solution is ONC-ATCB certified and HIPAA-compliant and offers users secure login and data storage.... Read More
 
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MEDITECH EHR is an on-premise electronic health record (EHR) system that provides clinical charting for health care professionals at midsized and community hospitals. Providers can view patient vitals, lab results, medication information,... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

by Gaby Loria,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: July 27, 2017


When it comes to software, the needs of speech therapy practices are not unlike those of any other ambulatory care medical practice. Speech language pathologists (SLPs) want to automate onerous or repetitive tasks, streamline documentation, easily access clinical information, code for optimal reimbursement and comply with relevant regulations.

Example revenue report from Kareo, a solution for many practice types including (SLPs)

But speech pathologists have unique needs of their own, as well. They usually have complex documentation management needs, and may want to cater to various American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recommendations.

Additionally, each individual practice will have its own requirements. Some will need a full-fledged electronic medical records (EMR) system for clinical documentation and support. Some will need practice management functions, such as appointment scheduling and medical billing. And some practices may need both speech therapy EMR software and speech therapy practice management software. In this guide, we outline some important considerations for SLPs evaluating software options.

The patient scheduler of WebPT, a therapy-centric software that offers speech therapy solutions

Evaluating Speech Therapy Software

Here are some important features to consider when evaluating software for speech therapy:

Document management Speech therapy practices typically need to manage a high volume of documentation. You’ll want software that can store and manage all of your forms.
Speech therapy CPT & ICD coding The software should be able to reference current CPT and ICD code sets. Some software will even allow users to select “favorite” codes for frequent procedures or exams so that they can be pulled up quickly; other systems may suggest codes automatically.
Speech therapy-specific templates Many EMR systems will include templates specifically designed to help SLPs record their most typical evaluations. Examples include templates for various types of swallowing exams, voice exams and language/cognitive communication exams.
Speech therapy-specific lists Some EMR systems offer custom lists for lab orders, procedure orders and radiology orders.
PQRS support SLP practices can avoid penalties on Medicare Part B payments by reporting Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures. Some software will include preloaded G-codes and modifiers to help automate this PQRS reporting.

Certain practice management systems are also tailored to speech therapy and rehabilitation contexts via custom workflows.

Not every software solution will include all of these features, and you may not need all of them (or you may need some to a greater or lesser degree than others). Your practice should identify the features most important to you before you begin evaluating software.

One important consideration to note is that the features we list above are designed to assist providers with record-keeping, scheduling, billing and other tasks. There are also speech therapy solutions on the market for patient usage. This category of software helps patients to practice at home with guided drills, and is particularly prevalent in the treatment of aphasia, stroke and similar disorders. While this buyer’s guide covers solutions for provider usage, we’ve done a comprehensive report on speech therapy software for patient drills.

Important Considerations

Aside from the speech therapy-specific features of the software you evaluate, you’ll want to weigh some additional factors, such as:

Integration requirements. In the realm of speech therapy software, some practices may need an EMR, others may need speech therapy scheduling software and still others may need a medical billing solution—and many practices need all of the above. One such application by itself is called a “standalone” or “best-of-breed” system. Conversely, software that integrates multiple applications in one package is known as an “integrated suite.”

Integrated suites offer both practice management functionality (scheduling, billing, patient portals etc.) and an integrated EMR system. Alternatively, you can look for a standalone EMR system that’s tailored to the needs of speech therapists. Nearly all speech therapy solutions designed for patient usage are sold on a standalone basis.

Most of the practices we talk to are looking for integrated suites (both EMR and practice management). However, there are a couple of scenarios in which you might want to consider a standalone application:

  • If you currently outsource your billing and don’t plan to bring it in-house, you wouldn’t need your own speech therapy billing software program.
  • If you have a solution in place for one application that you don’t want to replace, but using that same vendor for another application isn’t an option (for example, if the vendor doesn’t offer it), you may want a best-of-breed solution for that other application.
  • You need software that supports guided drills so that patients can get additional practice, since this functionality isn’t included in either EMR or practice management systems.

The claim control center of CGM DAQbilling software, an integrated billing and scheduling solution

Software as a Service (SaaS). SaaS solutions—also known as “cloud-based” or “Web-based” solutions—are those which are deployed online and typically accessed through a Web browser. This is in contrast to an “on-premise” solution, which is installed locally on a practice’s own servers.

On-premise solutions typically require a larger upfront investment in hardware and installation, as well as payment of an upfront license fee (to own and operate the software). Web-based solutions usually come with a lower upfront investment, but are priced under a recurring monthly subscription fee, such that over the life of the software the costs of the two deployment models tend to converge.

The ePrescribing screen of the MedLedger EHR, a Web-based system

Advantages of on-premise solutions include direct control over the software system and how it is accessed, since it’s hosted at your physical location. Advantages of Web-based solutions include easy remote access (since the system can be accessed over the Internet), data recovery in case of physical damage to your office or computers and, typically, instantaneous updates (since updates don’t have to be installed on your servers each time). For more information on Web-based systems, check out our Web-based EMR buyer’s guide.

Mobile support. Mobile support refers to the ability to easily access and use your software on a mobile device, such as a tablet or smartphone. This may be especially important for speech pathologists who visit client homes and wish to document exams at the point of care.

As more and more medical practitioners use mobile devices professionally, software vendors are increasingly developing mobile apps. If you want speech therapy software for your iPad or iPhone, be sure to ask the vendors you evaluate whether they offer mobile support. Remember that even though Web-based systems will usually be accessible via the Web browser of a mobile device, you’ll still want an app designed especially for use on a tablet or smartphone. (Otherwise, you’ll be accessing an interface designed for a desktop screen, which may be unwieldy on a smaller screen.)

Check out our tablet EMR guide or our Mac EMR guide for more details on mobile support.

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