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NueMD offers a suite of cloud-based software and medical billing services for practices of all sizes. NueMD is an integrated practice management, medical billing, electronic health recording and appointment scheduling solution. Medical... Read More
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NueMD offers a suite of cloud-based software and medical billing services for practices of all sizes. NueMD is an integrated practice management, medical billing, electronic health recording and appointment scheduling solution. Medical... Read More
 
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Kareo is a Web-based EHR, medical billing, and practice management used by thousands of physicians across the United States. This system suits small practices and billing companies. With Kareo, practices can schedule patients, confirm... Read More
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Kareo is a Web-based EHR, medical billing, and practice management used by thousands of physicians across the United States. This system suits small practices and billing companies. With Kareo, practices can schedule patients, confirm... Read More
 
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WebPT is a cloud-based, multi-product platform for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy clinics. At its core, WebPT is an electronic medical records (EMR) system that enables therapists to produce and store patient... Read More
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WebPT is a cloud-based, multi-product platform for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy clinics. At its core, WebPT is an electronic medical records (EMR) system that enables therapists to produce and store patient... Read More
 
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ClinicSource is a cloud-based practice management solution that helps in scheduling and documenting the therapy appointments of the patients. ClinicSource Therapy Practice Management’s scheduler includes billing and electronic medical... Read More
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ClinicSource is a cloud-based practice management solution that helps in scheduling and documenting the therapy appointments of the patients. ClinicSource Therapy Practice Management’s scheduler includes billing and electronic medical... Read More
 
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Optima Therapy for Clinics is a cloud-based solution that features practice management, electronic medical records (EMR) and billing in one software platform. Guided documentation workflows help support training and compliance.  Automated... Read More
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Optima Therapy for Clinics is a cloud-based solution that features practice management, electronic medical records (EMR) and billing in one software platform. Guided documentation workflows help support training and compliance.  Automated... Read More

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Insight EMR and Billing by Clinicient logo
 
INSIGHT EMR and Billing platform by Clinicient is an integrated web-based EMR, practice management and billing solution that empowers outpatient rehabilitation practices. The modular solution is built using tools that synchronize data... Read More
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INSIGHT EMR and Billing platform by Clinicient is an integrated web-based EMR, practice management and billing solution that empowers outpatient rehabilitation practices. The modular solution is built using tools that synchronize data... Read More
 
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DAQbilling by CompuGroup Medical (CGM) is a medical billing and patient scheduling system designed to streamline medical billing. The solution covers eligibility inquiries, claim submission, and payment posting. The system has an intuitive... Read More
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DAQbilling by CompuGroup Medical (CGM) is a medical billing and patient scheduling system designed to streamline medical billing. The solution covers eligibility inquiries, claim submission, and payment posting. The system has an intuitive... Read More
 
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MediLinks is a cloud-based patient management solution that helps in inpatient, outpatient and acute care rehabilitation. Key features include team conferencing, standardized Crystal reports, text message alerting, drag and drop scheduling... Read More
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MediLinks is a cloud-based patient management solution that helps in inpatient, outpatient and acute care rehabilitation. Key features include team conferencing, standardized Crystal reports, text message alerting, drag and drop scheduling... Read More
 
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DoctorConnect is a cloud-based medical solution that helps health care professionals manage their daily operations and interactions with patients. Key features include automated appointment reminders, surveys, reputation management,... Read More
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DoctorConnect is a cloud-based medical solution that helps health care professionals manage their daily operations and interactions with patients. Key features include automated appointment reminders, surveys, reputation management,... Read More
 
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Navicure is a provider of integrated cloud-based medical claims management software and patient payment solutions. It is suitable for health care organizations of all sizes, including general practice, multi-specialty, pediatrics,... Read More
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Navicure is a provider of integrated cloud-based medical claims management software and patient payment solutions. It is suitable for health care organizations of all sizes, including general practice, multi-specialty, pediatrics,... Read More

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Practice Pro is a fully integrated, web-based medical solution for outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy practices. The suite of applications offered includes Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Medical Billing Software,... Read More
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Practice Pro is a fully integrated, web-based medical solution for outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy practices. The suite of applications offered includes Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Medical Billing Software,... 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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Founded in 1988, BMS Practice Solutions is a billing and collections company serving the physical therapy industry. It provides revenue cycle management software and services to outpatient physical therapy organizations of all sizes.  BMS... Read More
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Founded in 1988, BMS Practice Solutions is a billing and collections company serving the physical therapy industry. It provides revenue cycle management software and services to outpatient physical therapy organizations of all sizes.  BMS... Read More
 
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SpeedyClaims is an on-premise tool that allows small clinics and single-provider offices to manage CMS 1500 insurance claim forms. It is compatible with most Windows operating systems. Users can print paper copies of their CMS 1500... Read More
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SpeedyClaims is an on-premise tool that allows small clinics and single-provider offices to manage CMS 1500 insurance claim forms. It is compatible with most Windows operating systems. Users can print paper copies of their CMS 1500... Read More
 
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Doxy.me is a cloud-based electronic medical records (EMR) and telemedicine solution designed for practices of all sizes. The solution is HIPAA-compliant, and Android and iOS apps are available for mobile devices. Doxy.me allows patients... Read More
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Doxy.me is a cloud-based electronic medical records (EMR) and telemedicine solution designed for practices of all sizes. The solution is HIPAA-compliant, and Android and iOS apps are available for mobile devices. Doxy.me allows patients... Read More

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PatientPop helps physicians and health care providers attract patients through healthcare sites and social media profiles. The solution provides an appointment-scheduling module that allows patients to request appointments through... Read More
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PatientPop helps physicians and health care providers attract patients through healthcare sites and social media profiles. The solution provides an appointment-scheduling module that allows patients to request appointments through... Read More
 
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Therabill is a HIPAA- and ARRA-compliant web-based electronic billing and documentation software that enables mental and behavioral health specialists as well as speech therapy practices to submit claims, manage schedules, enter treatment... Read More
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Mend is a cloud-based healthcare communication solution that enables patients and providers to connect and share files, messages, assessments, photos and data. Users and providers can use video conferencing and live chat tools on... 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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Medisoft Clinical provides practice management capabilities integrated with electronic health record (EHR) solution. The solution can only be deployed on-premise and is suitable for different medical needs and specialties. The system's... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

by Lisa Hedges,
Content Analyst
Last Updated: June 1, 2018


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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