2809 – Effective Documentation

Intermediate / 1-hour Lecture


Faculty:  Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on successfully communicating through documentation. Key components to effective documentation are discussed with the focus on providing justification and medical necessity for aquatic therapy. Helpful hints in respect to clarity, wording and efficiency for documentation are presented. This course is not designed to teach the participant how to document but instead how to refine their documentation improving communication with insurance companies, physicians and other non-aquatic therapy providers.  



1)  Explore key components to effective documentation.

2)  Provide justification and rationale for use of aquatic therapy to insurance companies and physicians.

3)  Recognize and correct common mistakes in documentation that leads to insurance denial.


FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, is a licensed physical therapist with over 18 years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (www.waterpt.com), she continues with hands-on clinical care in addition to her role as educator. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991, Beth has belonged to the American Physical Therapy Association and has achieved certification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In January 2006, she graduated from Boston University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Additional certifications include Certified STOTT Pilates™ instructor and Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method.


Beth not only provides continuing education for health care professionals, she is an adjunct faculty in the San Diego Mesa College PTA program, teaching Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Introduction to Pathology courses. She also provides the learning module/instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine San Diego Campus DPT program.