Patient Care and Paperwork
Which one is more important in the grand scheme of health care?
If we do not chart on a patient, update progress notes and address the goals, insurance companies may not reimburse for the care we provide and some may question whether we even saw the patient on the day in question. However, for some of us to get caught up and ensure all the progress notes are done, goals updated (PTs only please) and daily notes secure in the chart, some patient care may be missed due to time constraints.
One place I worked allowed a therapist to catch up on all the notes that were missed when we became busy and there were not enough hours in a day to complete everything. This was a good idea so that all of the goals were updated, progress notes completed and daily notes in chronological order in the chart. Imagine getting paid to sit and write (or type on a computer) for four to six hours for something you were supposed to do a week ago. It is not fair for the rest of the staff who are caught up on their paperwork because they have to take on the extra patient care.
Would you take on extra work for a therapist so he can complete all the paperwork he missed? What if it was every week - would you still take on extra patient care knowing you made the time to complete your own? Personally, I do not mind taking on a few extra patients so another therapist can get caught up on everything because I know he would do the same for me.