When an employee is injured on the job, unique and difficult questions often arise: is emergency care necessary? If not, where do they go for treatment? How does the injury affect their ability to work? At what point have they fully recovered, or when is it safe for them to return to work? What can be done to prevent future injuries from occurring when performing this same task?

In order to better address these concerns, healthcare providers and employers are forming partnerships, which allow for more direct and efficient communication, reduced costs, as well as better care and a safer work environment for employees. JTECH Medical had the opportunity to talk with both sides of this partnership to gain insight into the process and learn about some of the benefits each side gains.

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Billing third-party payers for Workers' Compensation claims is tricky business. Not only do they require unique and specific language or codes in order to properly pay a claim, many—if not all—employ cost saving measures aimed specifically at finding ways not to pay the full amount of a claim, or to deny it altogether.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented new G-codes for therapy functional reporting at the beginning of 2013. G-codes became required on every Medicare rehabilitation claim starting July 1st, 2013—without them, the claim is rejected. JTECH spoke with Paula White, the Practice Director of an orthopedic office, in order to better understand how G-codes are affecting the billing of functional therapy services.

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In the field of hand therapy, a patient's ability and progress has to be communicated to a variety of involved parties: the physician needs the information to design and complete a therapy regimen; properly educating the patient ensures that they come to and fully participate in the therapy; and the payer needs to be convinced that the care was necessary and effective. Objective data serves as the backbone of the clinical assessment, impacting each of these areas. Mike Cricchio, MBA, OTR/L, CHT, and founder of the Teton Hand and Upper Extremity Conference, says that therapists are always trying to make data as objective as possible.

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JTECH Medical's devices and software make objective functional data collection easy for any discipline. From research to professional sports medicine to clinical trials, JTECH Medical's products are powerful tools for objective functional data collection and reporting.

We had the opportunity to speak with several customers who use our products for exciting research projects and integration with custom software. Below is a brief overview of their projects, software, and thoughts on how JTECH has become a part of achieving their goals.

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