MD Sign-off on Plan of Care
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How are therapists obtaining physician signatures on plans of care? There doesn't appear to be a place for MD sign-off which is required. Are you printing them off and then just drawing a place for the MD to sign-off? This seems like a no-brainer standard feature. Am I missing something?

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    Gillian

    Hi William, in SimplePractice, there is not currently a way to add a clinician signature to a Treatment Plan. To add your signature, you can print the Treatment Plan, sign it, then scan it back into the client's chart. 

    Hi William, in SimplePractice, there is not currently a way to add a clinician signature to a Treatment Plan. To add your signature, you can print the Treatment Plan, sign it, then scan it back into the client's chart. 

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    Lori Briggs

    This is a legal requirement - to have both physician and clinician signature - when will this feature be added?  It is ridiculous to have to print out, scan to doctor, reprint, and then upload - 

    This is a legal requirement - to have both physician and clinician signature - when will this feature be added?  It is ridiculous to have to print out, scan to doctor, reprint, and then upload - 

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    Gillian

    Hi Lori, we're always working to improve SimplePractice to make it even easier to run your practice. Thank you for your feedback and suggestion on what we should build next. 

    Hi Lori, we're always working to improve SimplePractice to make it even easier to run your practice. Thank you for your feedback and suggestion on what we should build next. 

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    Rebecca Zuck

    Hello Simple Practice,  

    I realize this is a busy time for T.H., but do you have an update on progress towards a method to obtain electronic signatures from physicians?

    Thanks!

    Hello Simple Practice,  

    I realize this is a busy time for T.H., but do you have an update on progress towards a method to obtain electronic signatures from physicians?

    Thanks!

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    Gillian

    Hi Rebecca, we're continuing to evaluate this idea and collect feedback from our customers. 

    Hi Rebecca, we're continuing to evaluate this idea and collect feedback from our customers. 

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    Yorick Wijting, PT, DPT

    I agree. This should definitely be a feature. mentioned this before.

    I agree. This should definitely be a feature. mentioned this before.

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    Matthew McKeon

    HI Simple Practice,

    I am a speech pathologist and relatively new to SP.  While I didn't find your existing templates for adult-geriatric forms very helpful - The flexibility of making my own templates for notes and evaluation reports was. many other awesome features too! Great job!  IF you are going to continue to market to speech pathologists you need to fix this section!  In any evaluation and start of care, doctors expect a goals section to follow our evaluations. Below those goals is ALWAYS a place for doctors to sign the whole report. Your goals section could easily meet this requirement by just adding or making an option to add:

    "Physician Signature:___________________  Date:_______________"  below the "Frequency" box at the end of the Diagnosis and Treatment plan note at the start of care. 

    I could then download it, add it to my evaluation and electronically fax the document without needing to print it and add it myself or need to create redundant document on word.   Without a physician signature on our plans of care, any insurance company could deny all claims associated with that patient.  Expecting your customers to print, edit, and re-scan electronic documents defeats the whole purpose of having electronic health records in the first place.  Please consider making this temporary solution or something similar a priority.

    HI Simple Practice,

    I am a speech pathologist and relatively new to SP.  While I didn't find your existing templates for adult-geriatric forms very helpful - The flexibility of making my own templates for notes and evaluation reports was. many other awesome features too! Great job!  IF you are going to continue to market to speech pathologists you need to fix this section!  In any evaluation and start of care, doctors expect a goals section to follow our evaluations. Below those goals is ALWAYS a place for doctors to sign the whole report. Your goals section could easily meet this requirement by just adding or making an option to add:

    "Physician Signature:___________________  Date:_______________"  below the "Frequency" box at the end of the Diagnosis and Treatment plan note at the start of care. 

    I could then download it, add it to my evaluation and electronically fax the document without needing to print it and add it myself or need to create redundant document on word.   Without a physician signature on our plans of care, any insurance company could deny all claims associated with that patient.  Expecting your customers to print, edit, and re-scan electronic documents defeats the whole purpose of having electronic health records in the first place.  Please consider making this temporary solution or something similar a priority.

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    Gillian

    Thanks so much for your feedback, Yorick and Matthew. We're actively collecting this feedback to collate it for our Product team. 

    Thanks so much for your feedback, Yorick and Matthew. We're actively collecting this feedback to collate it for our Product team. 

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    Rebecca Zuck

    Is there a way to set it up similar to the patient portal? Could we have a MD(patient) portal for each MD and share plan of cares through the portal? Not having to save the POC to an external device in order to share in another portal is the first glitch and the second is sharing it as if it's an agree to treat signature document (that patient's sign) without extra leg work on our part is the second glitch.
    Thank you for continuing to collect our feedback and looking into this further.

    Is there a way to set it up similar to the patient portal? Could we have a MD(patient) portal for each MD and share plan of cares through the portal? Not having to save the POC to an external device in order to share in another portal is the first glitch and the second is sharing it as if it's an agree to treat signature document (that patient's sign) without extra leg work on our part is the second glitch.
    Thank you for continuing to collect our feedback and looking into this further.

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    Gillian

    Hi Rebecca, you can certainly add outside providers as Contacts, link the Contacts to your Clients, and grant Contacts Client Portal access so they can receive and send documents securely. We're continuing to collect feedback on signature of Treatment Plans by clients and outside providers as we work toward a better understanding of how to integrate this potential new feature into SimplePractice. 

    Hi Rebecca, you can certainly add outside providers as Contacts, link the Contacts to your Clients, and grant Contacts Client Portal access so they can receive and send documents securely. We're continuing to collect feedback on signature of Treatment Plans by clients and outside providers as we work toward a better understanding of how to integrate this potential new feature into SimplePractice. 

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    Hope Plum

    Hi All! 

    I am a little late to the convo on this, but wondering what everyone else is doing to obtain physician's signatures, at this time. I know SP is working to add this feature. Until then, are you all printing, scanning, faxing, or have you figured out a simple way to send them/sign them via the portal? Thanks in advance for any ideas!

    Hi All! 

    I am a little late to the convo on this, but wondering what everyone else is doing to obtain physician's signatures, at this time. I know SP is working to add this feature. Until then, are you all printing, scanning, faxing, or have you figured out a simple way to send them/sign them via the portal? Thanks in advance for any ideas!

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    Liane Higa

    In addition to adding a signature/date line for MDs, a statement of medical necessity is beneficial. Some examples:

    "I certify the need for these medically necessary services furnished under this treatment plan."

    "It will be understood that the treatment plan stated above is certified medically necessary by the treating clinician and physician mentioned in this document."

    In addition to adding a signature/date line for MDs, a statement of medical necessity is beneficial. Some examples:

    "I certify the need for these medically necessary services furnished under this treatment plan."

    "It will be understood that the treatment plan stated above is certified medically necessary by the treating clinician and physician mentioned in this document."

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    Wendy Mueller

    I agree that this needs to be an update to add physician signature deeming the treatment medically necessary. I have just started writing summaries through Simple Practice and look forward to having this as an option within the document. Currently, I am copying and pasting the generated report into my google doc with the added physician blurb/signature space at the bottom. My electronic signature is also on the document within Simple Practice but I feel like a written signature for this is important as well, which I also add. Thank you for considering adding both as an option to evaluation/care plans, summaries, and discharges.

    I agree that this needs to be an update to add physician signature deeming the treatment medically necessary. I have just started writing summaries through Simple Practice and look forward to having this as an option within the document. Currently, I am copying and pasting the generated report into my google doc with the added physician blurb/signature space at the bottom. My electronic signature is also on the document within Simple Practice but I feel like a written signature for this is important as well, which I also add. Thank you for considering adding both as an option to evaluation/care plans, summaries, and discharges.

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    Kierstie Cameron, LPC

    I would also advocate for the ability to add signature boxes to forms in Simple Practice. This is a Medicaid requirement in most states, and even though we can print and sign it then upload it that causes the official treatment plan to not sit inline with the rest of the documentation, and for it to appear like multiple treatment plans are in the chart. I think the ability to add a signature box to any document you create would be a super user friendly feature. Thanks!

    I would also advocate for the ability to add signature boxes to forms in Simple Practice. This is a Medicaid requirement in most states, and even though we can print and sign it then upload it that causes the official treatment plan to not sit inline with the rest of the documentation, and for it to appear like multiple treatment plans are in the chart. I think the ability to add a signature box to any document you create would be a super user friendly feature. Thanks!

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    Ebony Skillens, LPC

    Checking on the signature for MD's and clinicians.  This would be a huge time saver.  Please let me know when to expect the update.  Thank you

    Checking on the signature for MD's and clinicians.  This would be a huge time saver.  Please let me know when to expect the update.  Thank you