As billing for therapy is interpreted by various agencies that review claims, the importance of strong communication cannot be understated. Shelly Mesure, author of the “Rehab Realities” column for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, shares the “power words” that therapists should be using when they document for rehab services.

Mesure urges therapists to “use ‘power’ words to clearly communicate our message and avoid any misunderstanding or ‘lack of medical necessity.’” Therapists must use strong and direct language to indicate that the care delivered was crucial to the patient’s recovery and/or safety. Certain words convey this message better than others.

To read Mesure’s documentation recommendations, visit the article here.