User Manual - CareConnections
WELCOME TO CARECONNECTIONS
As a CareConnections participant, you have joined a unique league of clinicians who continually seek to
assess the efficacy of therapeutic intervention. Collection of outcomes and patient satisfaction data will
provide you with information to improve the quality and efficiency of service delivery. Additionally, questions
asked by referral sources and payers can be answered with a quantifiable response.
The value of outcomes data is influenced by the clinician’s understanding of the applicability of information
supplied by the outcomes collection procedure. The system is not just a method of data collection, but it
contains indicators specifically selected to be an asset to development of functional goals. The specific index
score and pain response provide quantifiable documentation figures for reporting progress to referral sources
or payers. We have found that clinicians eventually come to rely upon the outcomes information as an
integral part of therapy.
Our goal is to enhance your clinical practice with a product that can add value for the patient, for the
clinician, and for the future of rehabilitation. The outcomes system was developed by therapists to be user
friendly, understandable, and easily applicable for marketing, referencing, and assessing the effectiveness of
your operation. We welcome your comments, as CareConnections continues its success by being a dynamic
system that is responsive to the needs of clinicians.
Sincerely,
CareConnections Management
WHAT IS CARECONNECTIONS?
CareConnections is a web-based suite of rehabilitation medical management services. CareConnections uses
combinations of tools to assist providers and payers with the medical management of patients and clinical services.
These tools include:
CareConnections Outcomes System – a functionally based patient data collection system that compares
clinical outcomes to similar groups of clinics and provider submitted episodes of care. Outcome reports provide valuable
clinical information and management data that can be used to promote best practices, improve quality of care, and add
value for those responsible for the costs of care.
CareConnections Treatment Guidelines – therapist written and researched parameters of care grouped by
anatomical body region and cross-referenced by diagnosis. Each guideline suggests appropriate evaluation tests and
measures, appropriate functional goals, appropriate therapeutic modality and procedure interventions, discharge criteria,
and considerations for additional visits.
CareConnections Patient Satisfaction Monitoring – standardized survey for patients, allowing them to
provide valuable feedback about their provider experience. All results can be submitted for benchmarking against
therapy sites from around the country.
CareConnections Prior Authorization/Advice System or “PAS” – PAS ties it all together as a tool
that permits 24/7 web-based dissemination and acquisition of utilization management information. PAS delivers
prospective utilization of care in the form of an appropriate number of visits per specific patient condition along with an
appropriate CareConnections Treatment Guideline. PAS provides concurrent utilization management based upon initial
measures and continued monitoring using the CareConnections Outcomes System and provider requests for additional
treatment. It also provides retrospective utilization management in the form of CareConnections Outcome reports and
benchmarked utilization statistics.
The entire suite of CareConnections management tools present powerful, yet cost effective systems for today’s
healthcare world. Providers and payers alike can benefit from CareConnections’ component parts or their integrated
ability to serve the needs of both value-based and outcome-oriented care to all rehabilitation patients.
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CARECONNECTIONS OVERVIEW AND DATA ENTRY
INSTRUCTIONS
This manual will instruct you on how to:
 Collect outcomes information
 Log onto the CareConnections web site
 Set up your account
 Enter patient outcomes data online
 Process patient satisfaction surveys
 Retrieve and interpret reports
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
 High-speed internet connection
 Up-to-date operating system and web browser
o Internet Explorer 8.0 or later
o Mozilla FireFox 8.0 or later
o Safari 5.0 or later
 Adobe Reader 8.0 or later required to view all CareConnections forms and reports
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
I.
Outcomes Data Collection Procedure
3-7
II.
Logging in to CareConnections
III.
Setting Up Your Account
12-20
IV.
CareConnections Web Site Overview
21-25
V.
Ready to Enter Data
26-33
VI.
Overview of Outcomes Data Entry Fields
34-36
VII.
Patient Satisfaction
37-38
8-11
VIII. Entering Your First Record – Data Entry Walkthrough
39-51
IX.
Quarterly Reports
52-60
Sample Reports
61-71
X.
Contact and Technical Support Information
72
CareConnections Participant Agreement
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I. OUTCOMES DATA COLLECTION PROCEDURE
PRIOR TO DATA COLLECTION
1. Make copies of outcomes worksheets for all body areas. Page two of each worksheet contains a
VAS pain scale (10 cm measurement line) that must be copied to scale, so be careful not to
reduce or increase the size of your copies. You may copy the forms front to back if you wish.
 New master copies of the forms can also be printed directly from your CareConnections
member account - when printing forms online, please closely follow printing
instructions to avoid printing your forms too small (i.e. set Page Scaling in Adobe
Reader to “None”)
2. Read through this manual and follow instructions for getting logged into CareConnections
(www.careconnections.com)
3. Set up contact information, personalized report groups and pick lists, and additional user
accounts using links under “Administration” on CareConnections web site
 Clinic Information
 Custom Report Groups (optional)
 Insurance Setup
 Treating Practitioner Setup (therapists)
 Referring Practitioner Setup (physicians)
 Clinic Users
INITIAL VISIT
1. Front Office dates the Patient Worksheet and checks the Initial or Discharge box as appropriate
(date the form and check nothing if worksheet applies to an Interim assessment). Front Office
may optionally complete the Data Collection form except for function and pain information. The
same information is eventually input in the corresponding fields and pick lists provided on the
“Treatment Registrations” page for outcomes tracking.
2. Patient completes Patient Worksheet for the appropriate functional diagnostic group, (e.g. Lower
Extremity). Patient also completes Acuity Days and Pain Analogue scale. Available outcomes
forms include:
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Upper Extremity
 includes conditions relating to Elbow or Shoulder
Lower Extremity
 includes conditions relating to Hip, Knee, or Foot/Ankle
Cervical/Thoracic
 includes conditions relating to Neck or Upper Spinal Region
Hand
 includes conditions relating to Wrist or Hand
TMJ
 includes conditions relating to Headache, Stress, or Jaw
Lumbar Spine
 includes conditions relating to Lower or Middle Spine
Neurological
Pelvic Floor (Pilot Phase)
 includes conditions related to Incontinence or Pelvic Pain
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INITIAL VISIT (continued)
NOTE: When handing out the worksheet, show patient that the form has a front and a back
side (page one and two) to complete so that questions do not get missed. A brief explanation of
the purpose of outcomes tracking may ease patient’s dislike of paperwork. We recommend using
an introduction script with all paperwork given to patients that helps them to understand
purpose, scope, and importance of the information you are collecting.
Here is a sample script for handing out CareConnections worksheets.
3. Initial indicators (functional scale, perceived pain) are scored by Front Office staff (See scoring
information on pages 6-7). Information is transferred to the Data Collection form and/or entered
into the CareConnections web site.
4. Patient Satisfaction Subscribers Only - Print Patient Satisfaction survey for patient by
following instructions under “Patient Satisfaction” in this manual (pages 37-38).
INTERIM ASSESSMENT (optional)
1. Patient completes a Patient Worksheet every 3-4 visits (frequency to be determined by clinic) for
the same appropriate functional diagnostic group as initial visit. Additionally, Work Status, Pain
Index, and Global Rating of Change scales are highlighted for the patient to complete. Patient
Satisfaction survey may also be given to patient at this time if you are unsure whether or not
patient will be returning to continue treatment.
2. Interim scores (functional scale, perceived pain, global rating of change) are scored by Front
Office staff, and information is kept on file or entered directly into patient record on the
CareConnections web site. Total number of treatments at each interim point should also be
tabulated at this time.
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FINAL VISIT
1. Patient completes one last Patient Worksheet for the same appropriate functional diagnostic group
as initial visit. Additionally, Work Status, Pain Index, and Global Rating of Change scales are
highlighted for the patient to complete. Patient Satisfaction survey should also be
administered at this time if survey was not completed during an Interim Assessment.
2. Discharge indicators (functional scale, perceived pain, global rating of change) are scored by
Front Office staff, and information is transferred to the Data Collection Form or entered directly
into patient record on the CareConnections web site. Total number of treatments should also be
tabulated at this time.
DATA SUBMISSION DEADLINES
1. Patient records for each quarter should be entered by no later than the 10th of each month.
Fiscal quarters are 3 months in length. Final entry deadline falls on the 10th of the month
following the end of the quarter. Patient Satisfaction surveys must be mailed so that they reach
CareConnections office by or before the 10th of every month. Reports will always be posted
online before the 20th of the month following the end of each quarter.
Deadlines
1st Quarter = January, February, March – Submission deadline April 10th
2nd Quarter = April, May, June – Submission deadline July 10th
3rd Quarter = July, August, September – Submission deadline October 10th
4th Quarter = October, November, December – Submission deadline January 10th
2. Note that an outcomes record is complete only when it contains initial and discharge
information. The outcomes system requires two data points (both initial and interim/discharge
data) to calculate outcome scores. Therefore, outcomes records without interim or discharge
information will only be accounted for in an exceptions report (report showing number of
incomplete registrations and self discharges) on your quarterly reports.
Patient Satisfaction surveys or Outcomes Registrations entered after the deadline at the end of a
quarter will be included in subsequent quarterly reports.
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SCORING THE PATIENT WORKSHEET
SCORING THE FUNCTIONAL INDEX
1. Answers to the ten functional index questions are scored on a scale of 5 to 0. The first (or most
functional choice) receives a 5, the last (or least functional choice) receives a 0.
Example:
___________
WALKING
Points value
Symptoms do not prevent me walking any distance.
Symptoms prevent me walking more than 1 mile.
Symptoms prevent me walking more than ½ mile.
Symptoms prevent me walking more than ¼ mile.
I can only walk using a stick or crutches.
I am in bed most of the time and have to crawl to the toilet
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5
4
3
2
1
0
2. Total the ten questions’ scores for a total score. Patient may answer more or less than 10
questions depending on which patient worksheet was completed, but a minimum of 8 questions
must be answered to calculate a valid functional score.
3. Patient’s total score on the index is divided by the total possible (# of questions answered x 5).
Example: If patient answers 8 questions for a total score of 37, the total score (37) is divided
by the number possible (40). Eight questions answered (8), multiplied by total
possible for each question (5), for a total possible score of 40 (8 X 5).
37 divided by 40 = 92. (Note that percentages are scored as whole numbers)
4. Function may also be scored automatically using the Function Calculator on data intake
screens. A ‘Calculator’ symbol will appear next to Function field on data intake screens. Click the
link to score initial, interim, or final function.
FUNCTION CALCULATOR:
After you select a problem area during the Intake phase of data entry, note the ‘Calculator’
symbol next to the Function field. Click on the Calculator link and an online version of the
functional questions for the selected problem area will be displayed. Now all you have to do is
select the responses marked by the patient on the patient worksheet. Once you complete all of
the questions, click on the Calculate button. The function calculator will close and your
functional index score will be complete.
An additional bonus to using the Function Calculator is that score values for each question on
the patient worksheet will be saved in the CareConnections system. For clinics that consistently
do this, we will be able to supply reports that drill down to the level of the individual functional
question. This kind of reporting will be dependent on the amount of data received. If you have
an interest in this level of reporting, please contact CareConnections Support.
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SCORING THE PATIENT WORKSHEET (continued)
SCORING THE PAIN ANALOGUE SCALE
1. The pain analogue scale is a 10-centimeter visual analogue scale that must be measured with a
ruler.
NOTE: If Pain Index line on your patient worksheets measures less than 10 cm, you will need
to re-print the worksheet and set page scaling options to “None” in your print dialogue box.
2. Score for Pain Index is the number on the ruler in cm that corresponds to the patient’s mark on
the pain scale.
3. Report all scores to the nearest tenth of a cm. e.g. 7.2, 3.4
No Pain
Worst Pain Imaginable
SCORING THE GLOBAL RATING OF CHANGE SCALE
1. Enter numeric value circled by patient. If patient marks between two numbers, select the lower
of the two values.
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II. Logging in to CareConnections
Getting Started
For new participants, your User name and a temporary Password will be sent to you via email. When
you log into CareConnections for the first time you will be required to change your Password. Please
be sure to make a note of your new login information. For security reasons, your password will be
encrypted and CareConnections will not have a record of your new password once you update it.
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Log in to CareConnections web site
 Go to www.careconnections.com
 Click on “Client Login” link to access CareConnections
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Creating a New Password
The first time you log on, you will be required to change your Password.
Password is case sensitive and must be at least eight characters in length. We recommend that you
use at least one letter and one number in order to have a stronger password. Please use alpha and
numeric characters only.
NOTE: Please record your User name and Password and keep it somewhere safe. Once you
change your password, CareConnections personnel will no longer have access to your
password.
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Resetting Your Password
Forgotten Password: If you forget your password, use the “Password Help” link on the
CareConnections Login page.
Click on the "Password Help" link (located below the Log On button). To successfully complete this
process, you must submit your User name and Email Address.
The email address should be the one you supplied to us at the time you set up your account. An
automated message will be sent to this email address, which will allow you to complete the reset of
your password. If your email address does not match your username, please contact customer
support.
Please be sure to check your email account’s Junk Mail or Spam filters before using the
Password Help function. CareConnections will send an automated email to you that could
be blocked by some filters. Automated messages will come from [email protected]
If you wish to manually change your password after first logging in, click on the “Manage User
Account” link (only available after logging in).
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CONGRATULATIONS
On your first login, you will be required to accept a HIPAA Business Addendum and/or a Terms
and Conditions agreement. Only one Admin user on your account has to sign the HIPAA
Addendum, but all users on your account must accept the Terms and Conditions agreement.
You are now logged in and ready to begin using CareConnections!
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III. Setting Up Your Account
Once you successfully log in to your account, you can follow a series of
steps (outlined in this section) to customize your account. Note the list
of options under Administration. Customizable links include – Clinic
Information, Custom Report Groups, Insurance Setup, Treating
Practitioner Setup, Referring Practitioner Setup, and Clinic Users. Prior
to entering patient data, you must set up names for Treating and
Referring Practitioners and Insurances so that you have options to select
from when entering patient records.
Administration
Clinic Information
Enter your clinic information (address, phone, email, etc.). Most of this information will be filled in
for you when your account is activated, but you may wish to complete any missing information or
update information that has changed. Contact information for your clinic should be maintained so
that CareConnections knows where to contact you about billing, system changes, or notifications.
Please be sure to indicate appropriate Mailing and Billing addresses where different from your
Physical address.
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Edit Clinic Information
 Place cursor in appropriate field to edit information
 Select Physical, Mailing, or Billing Address to view or edit
 Click “Save Contact Info” button to save your changes
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Administration
Custom Report Setup
Enter and maintain all Custom Report Groups in your clinic. Custom Report Groups are optional
and will allow you to track outcomes information by categories not identified in the default
CareConnections fields.
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Add New Report Group
 Click on Add New Group
 Type in report group name
 Click on Save
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Remove Report Group
 Click on Report Group name to select it
 Click on Remove Groups button
Once you have saved an entry you can see a list of what you have entered. Note: Please be careful
not to enter duplicate information. If you enter the same report group name with different spellings
or abbreviations, the names will be treated as 2 separate entries.
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Administration
Insurance Setup
A list of common national insurance carriers has already been provided for you when you begin
using CareConnections. For lesser-used insurances for which you do not need to track outcomes,
please select “*UNLISTED” as the insurance carrier, and choose one of the basic UNLISTED
insurance plans. (*UNLISTED has been provided as one of your drop down selections when you
begin using CareConnections, so there is no need to add it again).
Add New Insurance from Available Insurance Plans
To add insurances, check the box next to the insurance carrier or plan name in the list of available
insurances and click on the Save Selected Plans button to add the selection to your list of insurance
plans. All insurances showing a checkmark next to it will be available in your pick list when entering
patient outcomes data.
To search the list of available insurance plans, enter the insurance payer or plan name in the Search
box. As you begin to type, the list of available options will begin to narrow. For example, typing in
“BlueCross” will return any carrier and plan containing the words “BlueCross.”
Remove Selected Insurance Plans
To remove insurances, simply uncheck the box next to the insurance carrier or plan name. Click on
the Save Selected Plans button to save your changes. Removing insurance carriers or plans means
they will no longer be available for selection during the patient registration process.
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Administration
New Insurance Request
If you cannot find the insurance you need in the insurance list, you may click on the “Request New
Insurance” link.
A form will open and allow you to enter any insurance that does not yet appear in our database.
Note: We require Insurance Carrier/Payer, Insurance Plan/Panel, and Insurance Type in order to
set up a new carrier. This information can usually be found on the patient’s Insurance ID card.
(Example - Insurance Carrier: Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, Plan: PPP). In most
cases you may enter the same name for carrier and plan (Example – Insurance Carrier: Allstate,
Plan: Allstate).
You have the option of entering PPO Company and Insurance web site where applicable. Once you
complete the requested information, click on Save.
Note: All new insurance requests must be reviewed by CareConnections before being officially
added to your list. We will ensure the entry is valid or determine if it already exists in our database. If
a requested name appears under a different heading in CareConnections, we will notify you of the
correct value to use. When submitting new insurance names, please try to use the full, accurate name
for the insurance carrier instead of more generic descriptions (for example, “Regence BlueCross
BlueShield of Oregon” instead of “BCBS of Oregon”).
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What is an Insurance Payer / Carrier?
For CareConnections’ purposes a carrier or payer is the underwriter or payer responsible for the
financial costs of the claim. As an example, ACME insurance sells health insurance policies to
employers and individuals. They take in premiums from their customers and disburse dollars to
providers for the medical claims submitted for the treatment given to ACME’s enrollees. ACME is
responsible for the financial cost of the care; hence they are an Insurance Payer. CareConnections
does not consider PPO networks as Insurance Payers.
What is an Insurance Plan/Panel?
When applicable, Insurance Payers will have multiple Insurance Plans to choose from in the
CareConnections system. An Insurance Plan may describe the type of insurance offered by the Payer
- ACME Health, ACME Work Comp, and ACME PIP/MVA/PNC. Medicare is listed as an
Insurance Payer with the general plans of Part A, Part B, and Railroad Medicare. In cases where
CareConnections is working closely with a group of outcomes system customers to collect more
specific data for marketing to Insurance Payers, we will add plans for the payer that include brand
names or PPO networks.
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Administration
Treating Practitioner Setup
Enter and manage all Treating Practitioner names in your clinic. Practitioner Setup includes NPI
lookups through the CMS NPI Registry (see below for details).
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Add New Practitioner
Click on Add New Practitioner button and complete Practitioner Details form
 By entering in a valid NPI # for a practitioner, you will receive confirmation of the name
from CMS (NOTE: CMS data does not automatically populate Practitioner Detail)
 If you do not have practitioner’s NPI, enter first and last name and use the “Find NPI…”
link to search NPI Registry information from CMS. You will need to enter NPI
information from CMS into the CareConnections Practitioner Detail form.
 Complete “Display Name” field to customize how practitioner name displays in your pick
list. We recommend using “Last Name, First Name - License type” for display name.
However you choose to have the name display, we recommend you be consistent.
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Add Existing Practitioner
 If practitioner entry already exists in CareConnections, you will receive a list of potential
duplicates for review
 Select the “Add Existing Practitioner” check box and select the appropriate existing
practitioner name from the list. Select license, complete Display Name, and click Save to
add the name to your list.
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Remove Practitioner
 Select name from list of Practitioners
 Click Remove Practitioner(s) button
Saved entries can be viewed on the Treating Practitioner setup page. Note: Please do not enter
duplicate information. If you enter the same name with different spellings or abbreviations, the
names will be treated as 2 separate entries. Entering NPI number on all practitioners will help to
ensure that no duplicate names are recorded.
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Administration
Referring Practitioner Setup
Enter and manage all Referring Practitioner names for your clinic. Practitioner Setup now includes
NPI lookups through the CMS NPI Registry (see below for details).
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Add New Practitioner
Click on Add New Practitioner button and complete Practitioner Details form
 By entering in a valid NPI # for a practitioner, you will receive confirmation of the name
from CMS (NOTE: CMS data does not automatically populate Practitioner Detail)
 If you do not have practitioner’s NPI, enter first and last name and use the “Find NPI…”
link to search NPI Registry information from CMS. You will need to enter NPI
information from CMS into the CareConnections Practitioner Detail form.
 Complete “Display Name” field to customize how practitioner name displays in your pick
list. We recommend using “Last Name, First Name - License type” for display name.
However you choose to have the name display, we recommend you be consistent.

Add Existing Practitioner
 If practitioner entry already exists in CareConnections, you will receive a list of potential
duplicates for review
 Select the “Add Existing Practitioner” check box and select the appropriate existing
practitioner name from the list. Select license, complete Display Name, and click Save to
add the name to your list.
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Remove Practitioner
 Select name from list of Practitioners
 Click Remove Practitioner(s) button
Saved entries can be viewed on the Referring Practitioner setup page. Note: Please do not enter
duplicate information. If you enter the same name with different spellings or abbreviations, the
names will be treated as 2 separate entries. Entering NPI number on all practitioners will help to
ensure that no duplicate names are recorded.
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Administration
Clinic Users
Create additional account logins for your staff. Assign roles to allow additional users to Create
Registrations, View Registrations, or View Reports. Multiple roles may be assigned to users, but
Administrators have access to all roles.

Add New User
 Click on Add User button
 Complete “Add Clinic User” form – ALL fields are required
NOTE: Each user should have a unique email address in order to have a CareConnections
account login
 Click on Save – an automated message will be sent to the new user with the User name and
a Temporary Password
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Assign Roles
 Check appropriate boxes next to each User to assign roles
 Role Definitions
Administrator – This role has access to all CareConnections features, including all
Administration links, Registration Creation, Report Viewing, and Additional User setup.
Registration Creator – This role can create and view patient registrations. Registration
creator can also access Insurance and Practitioner setup links under Administration.
Registration Viewer – This role can search for and view patient registrations. Registration
viewer cannot enter registrations, access Administration links, or view reports.
Report Viewer – This role can view outcomes and patient satisfaction reports. Report
viewer cannot enter registrations, access Administration links, or view registrations.
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Administration
Clinic Users (continued)
 New User Activation
 Each new user you create will receive an email with a User name and Temporary Password
that will enable the user to create his/her own password
 Delete User Account
 To delete a user account, you must be an Administrator. Click on the user name you wish
to remove to highlight the user. Click on Remove User(s) button to remove the account.
 Confirm deletion to remove account, or select Cancel to keep account
After reviewing and completing information using the Administration links discussed in the previous
pages, your account will be customized with all of the insurance payers/plans, treating and referring
practitioners, and custom report groups specific to your clinic.
You are now ready to begin entering patient data!
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IV. CareConnections Web Site Overview
Navigating the CareConnections Web Site
CareConnections web pages may be navigated using the links and buttons on
each page. We recommend that you do not use your Back, Forward, or
Refresh buttons in your web browser. Once you successfully log in, all
appropriate navigational menus have been included in the web site and are
located along the left-hand side of the page. This should make navigating
CareConnections easier for you.
No matter what page you go to using the links provided, you will always be
able to see and access the navigation links (pictured left).
News Updates
Please note that CareConnections web pages are continually updated with new content. Whenever a
change is made to the site, a news article will be posted on the CareConnections News page. Please
read posted news articles to keep up on changes and new features being added to the site.
Member Site
Public Site
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MY CARECONNECTIONS
My CareConnections lists all active patient registrations entered by your clinic. Patients are listed in a
grid format so that you can easily view and sort your patient records. Clicking on a column name
will sort the column in ascending or descending order. Standard view includes columns for the
following.
 Patient ID – indicates patient identifier entered by user
 Phase – indicates last phase completed in registration (see explanation of Registration Phases
on pages 25-31)
 Survey – indicates whether or not Patient Satisfaction Survey has been printed for patient. A
check mark indicates that survey HAS been printed. (Note – only available for Patient
Satisfaction subscribers)
 Submitted – date registration was entered into CareConnections
 Intake – date of initial visit / outcomes assessment
 Interim – date of most recent interim progress assessment, if applicable
 Discharge – date of patient discharge / final outcomes assessment
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My CareConnections Tools
As the entry point to your CareConnections account, the My CareConnections page includes some
quick reference tools that may help you better manage your records.
Patient Counts
Each count heading (Incomplete, Complete, Active, Survey) is a selectable link that will sort and
return only patients in that heading category. For instance, clicking on Incomplete will return only
incomplete records.
Incomplete:
Complete:
Active:
Survey:
Number of incomplete patient records. Incomplete records will not
be reported on until they are completed. Incomplete records may be
discharged without interim or final outcomes by providing last
treatment date, reason for patient self discharge, and number of
visits.
Number of complete patient records for the current reporting
quarter. This count shows how many records will be reported on at
the end of the current quarter. Count is reset quarterly after reports
post.
Total number of patient records that have not been reported on for
current quarter (includes Complete and Incomplete registrations).
Total number of patient records that have not yet had a bar-coded
patient satisfaction survey printed.
Patient ID Search
Located at the top of the page, the Patient ID Search box gives you a quick method of pulling up
specific patient records in your active patient list. Begin typing in the patient ID and the list will sort
based on what you’ve typed. NOTE: This quick search feature will only work on Active Patients.
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Advanced Patient Search
Click on Advanced Search link to display advanced search fields. Here you may specify date ranges
or other requested fields to find records perform more detailed searches.
Advanced Search is where you will also be able to search on past patient records that have already
been reported. Use the radio buttons at the top of the form to specify whether you wish to search
your Active Registrations (currently in progress and not yet reported on), Inactive/Reported
Registrations (past records that have already been reported on and archived), or All Registrations
(includes both active and inactive/reported registrations).
Search results will be displayed at the bottom of the page in a grid similar to your active patient list.
NOTE: If you search for Inactive/Reported Registrations, you will not be allowed to edit the
registration but will instead be able to view a Registration Summary.
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Registration Actions
Once you have patients in your Treatment Registrations list, you may right click on a record to
perform the following actions: Edit, Print Registration Summary, *Print English Survey, or *Print
Spanish Survey.
Edit:
Print Registration:
*Print English Survey:
*Print Spanish Survey:
Select Edit to open registration in editing mode (you may also
double-click on a registration to edit). Records may be edited until
they have been included in quarterly reports.
Print a registration summary for inclusion in patient chart. Summary
includes all completed registration fields.
Print a bar-coded patient satisfaction survey for a patient to
complete. Once survey is printed, Treatment Registration Grid will
show a check mark in the Survey column to indicate that the survey
has been printed.
Print a Spanish version of a bar-coded patient satisfaction survey for
a patient to complete. Once survey is printed, Treatment Registration
Grid will show a check mark in the Survey column to indicate that
the survey has been printed.
Registration Phases
The record grid shows the current “Phase” of a registration so that you can determine completion
status. Only when Phase reads “Discharged” will a registration be available for reporting.
Registration phases include Demographics, Payer Detail, Diagnosis, Intake, Interim, and Discharge.
The registration grid will always show the name of the phase that was last completed on a patient
registration and will automatically open to the next appropriate phase when registration is accessed
for editing or completion.
Patient Satisfaction Only subscribers will have a modified set of registration phases, as follows.
* - Only available to Patient Satisfaction Subscribers
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V. Ready to Enter Data
Manage Treatment Episodes
New Registration
Click the New Registration button to start a new patient registration. Registrations are broken down
into phases and may be saved after completion of each phase. You may also close a registration after
saving any completed phase and return later to edit or enter additional information. Patient
Satisfaction subscribers need only complete the Demographics phase in order to generate a barcoded patient satisfaction survey, though they will need to complete Payer Detail, Diagnosis, Intake,
and Discharge phases in order to complete the registration and make it available for reporting. (See
pages 37-38 for details on generating patient satisfaction surveys).
Required registration fields are noted by a bold text heading. Required fields must be completed in
order to save a registration phase.
Demographics: This phase represents the minimum amount of information required to save a
patient registration in CareConnections. Saving demographic information allows you print a barcoded patient satisfaction survey for a patient before completing the rest of the registration phases.
Once Demographic information is complete, click on Save Changes to save record or click on Next
to save and continue with registration.
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Payer Detail: All Payer Detail fields must be set up in Administration before names will be
available in your pick lists. If you are unable to find the appropriate name, you must return to
Administration and add the appropriate name to your list (see pages 12-20 for more information on
Administration). Once all required information is complete, click on Save Changes to save record or
click on Next to save and continue with registration.
Diagnosis: Complete Primary Diagnosis code (ICD-9) and Anatomic Group to identify patient
condition. As you begin to enter ICD-9 code, a drop down list of options will load. Select the
appropriate code from the list in order for the code to be recognized as valid.
Secondary Diagnosis and Anatomic Group may also be completed where applicable. Complete the
“Surgery?” field to indicate if surgery is relevant to the patient’s condition. Options include NonSurgical, Post-Surgical, and Pre-Surgical. Once all required information is complete, click on Save
Changes to save record or click on Next to save and continue with registration.
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Intake: Outcomes data collected at initial evaluation makes up Patient Intake. Once all required
information is complete, click on Save Changes to save record, click on Next to save and continue
with registration, or click on Save & Close to save changes and return to active patient list.
Function Calculator: Function may be calculated manually, or you may choose to use
the Function Calculator (click on Calculator link next to Function field). Questions that
display in the Calculator depend on the Problem Area you select. Be sure Problem Area
matches the form completed by the patient. See “Scoring the Patient Worksheet” on pages
6-7 of this manual for additional information on scoring.
NOTE: After saving Intake information, a registration summary will automatically open to display a
summary of information entered up through Intake. Close the summary to continue with
registration.
Interim: Interim assessments are not required. However, you may choose to collect and enter
Interim Assessments in order to 1) capture a final data point for self-discharging patients, 2) to view
patient progress throughout treatment, or 3) to allow treating practitioner to establish and track
patient goals in relation to the CareConnections functional index.
The Interim phase will show a running treatment history, including the Intake assessment. To add
an Interim Assessment, click on the Add New button to open the assessment form.
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Interim Continued: After clicking on Add New, complete the assessment form. Once all required
information is complete, click on Save Changes to save record, click on Save to save and close the
assessment form, or click Cancel to abort entry of the Interim assessment.
Once Interim assessment is saved, you will see a summary of assessment information. When ready
to proceed to Discharge, click on the Next button.
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Discharge: Final outcomes data collected either at patient discharge or interim assessment can be
entered to complete the registration. In order for a patient record to be completed and reported on,
discharge information must be provided. There are 3 different possibilities to consider when
entering patient discharge information.
1. Self Discharge (no outcomes): If patient discharges without filling out interim or
discharge outcomes, check the “Patient Self-Discharge/No Discharge Assessment
Collected” box and enter Discharge Date (date patient was last seen), Self-Discharge Reason,
and Number of Visits (up to date patient was last seen). This will complete the record.
2. Self Discharge (Interim Assessment collected): If patient self discharged but was able to
complete an interim assessment, you may 1) check the “Patient Self-Discharge/No
Discharge Assessment Collected” box and enter discharge values or 2) check the “Patient
Self-Discharge/No Discharge Assessment Collected” box and the “Use Last Interim
Assessment” box to automatically populate the Discharge phase with your last recorded
interim assessment. NOTE: You may only check the “Use Last Interim Assessment” option
if you previously recorded outcomes information for an interim assessment.
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3. Discharged by Clinic: If patient completes treatment and fills out outcomes information
on last visit, do not check the “Patient Self-Discharge/No Discharge Assessment Collected”
box. Simply complete all other required fields and save your changes to complete the
registration.
Click on Save Changes to save or click on Save & Close to save registration and return to
your active patient list.
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Reports
Reports: Quarterly Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction Reports will be posted here when they
become available. Click on the report category you wish to view (Outcomes or Patient Satisfaction)
and select a reporting quarter from the dropdown list to see a list of available report links. If no
reports show for your clinic, it means that you have no complete outcomes information entered for
the specified reporting quarter.
Outcomes Reports
*Patient Satisfaction Reports
For an explanation of reports and report terminology, go to pages 52-71 of this manual. You may
also review a report glossary on the public CareConnections site by going to
https://www.careconnections.com/outcomes/reports.aspx for Outcomes or
http://www.careconnections.com/patientSatisfaction/reports.aspx for Patient Satisfaction.
* - Only available to Patient Satisfaction Subscribers
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Forms
Patient Worksheets: This link takes you to a listing of available Patient Worksheets. Most forms
are also available in Spanish and Russian. Adobe Reader is required to view and print forms. A free
version of the program may be downloaded from www.adobe.com. Note printing instructions at the
bottom of the page when printing patient worksheets. In the Adobe Reader print dialogue box, you
must set Page Scaling to “None” for forms to print at the proper scale.
Patient Satisfaction: This link allows you to print a generic Patient Satisfaction survey (i.e. not
bar-coded). This survey is also available in Spanish. NOTE: Generic surveys cannot be tied back to patient
or patient outcomes and should be used only when there is no patient registration available for printing a bar-coded
satisfaction survey. See page 37 to learn more about printing bar-coded Patient Satisfaction Surveys.
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VI. Overview of Outcomes Data Entry Fields
An overview of the various data entry fields will help you to better understand where to input
information from the Patient Worksheet. Please read this section entirely before entering any patient
data.
Data Entry Fields:
** - Required field - You must enter a value in order for your record to be saved
* - Conditionally required field - Field required based on answer to related field
DEMOGRAPHICS
1. **Patient ID - required - enter your clinic's identification for the patient. Enter patient name,
code, or ID number (you will need to assign an ID to each patient you enter). Please do not use
patient Social Security numbers.
2. **Date of Birth - required - enter patient’s date of birth. NOTE: dates must be entered in
MM/DD/YYYY format.
3. **Gender – required – select patient’s gender from dropdown list (Male or Female).
4. Patient email – Enter patient’s email address, if available. Future additions to CareConnections
will allow for outcomes patient worksheets and patient satisfaction surveys to be emailed to
patients who give their email address. NOTE: This feature is not yet available.
5. **Initial Evaluation Date – required – Date of initial patient evaluation. NOTE: dates must
be entered in MM/DD/YYYY format.
PAYER DETAIL
Payer Detail fields must be set up in Administration before names will be available in your pick lists.
If you are unable to find the appropriate name, you must return to Administration and add the
appropriate name to your list.
1. **Insurance Payer – required – select patient’s insurance payer from dropdown list. A list of
common national insurance payers has already been provided for you when you begin using
CareConnections. For lesser used insurances that you do not need to track outcomes for, please
select “*UNLISTED” as the insurance payer, and choose one of the basic UNLISTED
insurance plans (UNLISTED has been provided as one of your drop down selections when you
begin using CareConnections).
2. **Insurance Plan – required – select insurance plan from dropdown list. This dropdown list
will include plans that fall under Insurance Payer. The Insurance Payer must be selected before
the Plan can be selected.
3. Referring Practitioner – select referring practitioner from dropdown list.
4. **Treating Practitioner – required - select the practitioner who performed the initial
evaluation and who will be writing and overseeing the patient's care plan.
5. Custom Report Groups – these check boxes can be customized by the clinic to track additional
information, such as employers or other patient demographic data not represented on clinic
intake forms. Custom reports may later be generated using this data. To add a report group from
your custom list, simply check the box(es) next to the appropriate Custom Report Group(s).
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DIAGNOSIS
1. **Primary Diagnosis Code (ICD-9) – required – enter Primary ICD-9 code that best reflects
the patient's diagnosis, per therapy evaluation. Primary diagnosis is used to identify potentially
applicable Guidelines and more specific reporting parameters for your clinic. NOTE: Diagnosis
codes are to be used at their highest number of digits available. Specifically, use a three-digit
code only if there are no four- or five-digit codes within that code category. Use a four-digit
code only if there are no five-digit codes for that category. Use a five-digit code whenever they
exist in a code category. Enter first 3 digits to populate a drop down list of valid codes to choose
from.
2. **Primary Anatomic Group – required – select the Anatomic Group from the dropdown list
that reflects the patient’s physical area of treatment. This should relate to the Primary ICD-9.
3. Secondary Diagnosis Code (ICD-9) – if the patient has a secondary diagnosis, enter the
Secondary ICD-9 code that reflects the patient's secondary diagnosis, per therapy evaluation.
4. *Secondary Anatomic Group – select appropriate Anatomic Group from the dropdown list
that reflects patient’s secondary diagnosis, if applicable (only required if secondary diagnosis
completed). This should relate to the Secondary ICD-9.
5. **Surgery? – Indicate whether surgery is applicable to patient’s condition. Options include
Non-surgical, Post-surgical, and Pre-surgical.
INTAKE
1. **Problem Area – Select problem area as indicated on completed Patient Worksheet. Available
Problem Areas relate to your selections for Primary and Secondary Anatomical Group in
Diagnosis Phase.
2. **Function - Score tallied from ‘Functional Index’ on Initial Patient Worksheet. This value will
always fall between 0 and 100. Always use patient’s initial worksheet for Intake score. See also
“Scoring the Patient Worksheet” (page 6), or use Function Calculator to determine score.
NOTE: An initial function value of 100 denotes a patient that is at 100% functional ability.
Patients in these cases will not be able to report any functional gain as a result.
3. Pain - Score measured from ‘Pain Index’ on Initial Patient Worksheet. This value will always fall
between 0 and 10. Always use patient’s initial worksheet for Intake score. See also “Scoring the
Patient Worksheet” (page 7). NOTE: An initial pain value of 0 denotes a patient that is pain
free. Patients in these cases will not be able to report any decrease in pain as a result.
4. Acuity Days - Number of days between onset of condition (or exacerbation of symptoms if
condition is recurring) and initial evaluation date in your clinic. Always enter number of days if
patient completes this question. If Acuity is greater than 90 or 120 days, you may still enter the
value, but you may choose to check the box indicating a chronic condition as well.
INTERIM AND DISCHARGE
Fields for Interim and Discharge phases are mostly the same. Required fields will be the same for both Interim and
Discharge Assessments.
1. **Assessment Date/Discharge Date – Fill in patient assessment or discharge date. NOTE:
dates must be entered in MM/DD/YYYY format.
2. *Patient Self-Discharge/No Discharge Assessment Collected? – Check this box only when
dealing with a patient that drops out of treatment prior to discharge.
3. *Self-Discharge Reason – This field is only available when ‘Patient Self-Discharge/No
Discharge Assessment Collected’ box is checked. Choose the best selection to indicate why
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patient failed to complete treatment. If none of the reasons apply, you may choose “Other” to
specify a different reason.
4. *Use Last Interim Assessment? – Check this box only if you collected an Interim Assessment
on a patient that drops out of treatment prior to discharge. Checking this box will automatically
populate your Discharge fields with Interim Assessment scores.
5. **Number of Visits – Number of visits for patient episode of care.
6. **Function - Score tallied from ‘Functional Index’ on Interim/Discharge Patient Worksheet.
This value will always fall between 0 and 100. Always use patient’s Interim or Discharge worksheet
for Interim or Discharge score. NOTE: Final function should be higher than initial function
score if the patient has improved. If you measure an interim or final function score that is less
than initial function value, please check your scoring to verify – this may indicate that the patient
has worsened in condition, has potentially answered the wrong questions, did not understand
the questions, or the index was scored incorrectly. See also “Scoring the Patient Worksheet”
(page 6).
7. Pain - Score measured from ‘Pain Index’ on Interim/Discharge Patient Worksheet. This value
will always fall between 0 and 10. Always use patient’s Interim or Discharge worksheet for this
score. Note that interim/final pain will usually be lower than initial pain score. If you measure a
final pain score that exceeds initial pain value, please check your scoring to verify – this may
indicate that the patient has increased pain, or patient may not have understood the pain scale.
See also “Scoring the Patient Worksheet” (page 7).
8. Global Rating of Change - Score measured from ‘Global Rating of Change’ index on
Interim/Discharge Patient Worksheet. This value will always fall between -7 and +7. Patient
should only complete this section on interim or discharge visit. See also “Scoring the Patient
Worksheet” (page 7).
9. Work Status - Select work status most applicable to patient’s condition at discharge. This field
should never be left blank. Choices include: Not employed outside the home, No lost work time,
Return to work with modification, Return to work w/o restriction, Have not returned to work.
NOTE: For patients that are retired or that are presently school-age, please select “Not
employed outside the home.”
10. Lost Work Days - Number of days patient loses from work due to condition.
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VII. Patient Satisfaction
The CareConnections Patient Satisfaction survey is designed to help your clinic monitor customer
service. Questions cover three vital areas of operation, including Clinic, Front Office Staff, and
Therapist.
The forms are bar coded and are designed to be scanned, which will require you to print an
individual survey for each patient that you register in CareConnections. It also means that you
cannot customize the form or recreate it to your own specifications. Forms printed for patients will
be populated with your clinic name at the top.
To print a bar-coded survey for a registered patient, log into your CareConnections account and
right-click on the appropriate patient registration in the “Treatment Registrations” grid. Select the
appropriate option to Print English Survey or Print Spanish Survey.
Generating a Bar-coded Survey
In order to save a registration and print a satisfaction survey, you must complete at a minimum
the Demographics phase. Following is an example of the process to follow in order to administer
a Patient Satisfaction Survey to a patient.
1. On initial visit, patient completes relevant Outcomes form
2. Some time before patient’s last visit, clinic enters and saves patient demographic information
3. Return to Treatment Registrations page and right-click on patient registration in the active
patient list (see above) to print a survey. Keep printed survey in patient’s chart until you
request the patient to complete it. NOTE: Patient Satisfaction survey should be given to
patient at discharge, but you may choose to hand out the survey before discharge as well.
You should NOT request completion of the patient satisfaction survey on initial visit unless
patient is only being seen for one visit.
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Patient Satisfaction (continued)
Completing Patient Satisfaction Survey Registration
In order to receive reports for bar-coded surveys collected from your patients, you must
complete the registration.
1. Return to patient registration and complete all registration phases to complete the record.
2. If patient self discharges without interim or discharge outcomes assessment, complete Payer
Detail, Diagnosis, Intake, and Discharge phases. In the Discharge Phase, complete Patient
Self Discharge information in order to complete the registration.
Patients may complete and turn in the survey to the clinic, or they can mail it directly to
CareConnections at the address printed on the bottom of the survey.
Additional patient satisfaction options are in the works for the future. One of these options will
allow clinics to email a web link to patients, which allows patients to complete patient satisfaction
survey online at their own convenience. For those that have the appropriate hardware in their clinic,
the option will also eventually be presented to set up a kiosk where patients can complete the
surveys online before they leave your clinic.
Part of the goal with patient satisfaction data is to tie it together with outcomes and utilization
management data for a better comprehensive picture of your clinic’s outcomes and processes. In
order to establish this link, we highly recommend that you use bar-coded satisfaction surveys. Non
bar-coded surveys only allow us to report satisfaction results at the clinic level.
Please give a survey to all patients at discharge visit, and try to collect the completed survey from
them before they leave your clinic. The CareConnections office must receive all surveys by no later
than the 10th of every month in order to be included in quarterly reports. If you have any questions,
please contact CareConnections Support ([email protected]).
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VIII. Entering Your First Record – Data Entry Walkthrough
Log into CareConnections. Verify that all Administration links have been set up appropriately before
proceeding to enter a new registration.
GO TO TREATMENT REGISTRATIONS AND CLICK ON NEW REGISTRATION
BUTTON
Demographics Phase
Enter Patient ID, DOB, Gender, Patient Email (optional), and Initial Evaluation Date
CLICK ON SAVE CHANGES TO SAVE OR CLICK ON NEXT BUTTON TO SAVE
AND PROCEED TO PAYER DETAIL PHASE
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Payer Detail Phase
Insurance Payer, Insurance Plan, Referring Practitioner, and Treating Practitioner must be manually
selected from the pull down menus. To add missing insurances or practitioners, see detailed
instructions on pages 14-18.
SELECT INSURANCE PAYER
Select Insurance Payer from the pull down menu (you may type the first few characters of the name
to narrow the list of options)
SELECT INSURANCE PLAN
Select Insurance Plan from the pull down menu
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Payer Detail Phase Continued…
SELECT REFERRING PRACTITIONER
Select Referring Practitioner from the pull-down menu (you may type the first few characters of the
name to narrow the list of options). To add a missing referring practitioner to your list, see detailed
instructions on page 18.
SELECT TREATING PRACTITIONER
Select Treating Practitioner from the pull-down menu (you may type the first few characters of the
name to narrow the list of options). To add a missing treating practitioner, see detailed instructions
on page 17.
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Payer Detail Phase Continued…
IF APPLICABLE, SELECT APPROPRIATE CUSTOM REPORT GROUP(S)
CLICK ON SAVE CHANGES TO SAVE OR CLICK ON NEXT BUTTON TO SAVE
AND PROCEED TO DIAGNOSIS PHASE
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Diagnosis Phase
ENTER ALL DIGITS OF PRIMARY DIAGNOSIS CODE (ICD-9) AND SELECT
APPROPRIATE CODE FROM DROPDOWN LIST
Note: After entering the first 3 characters of the ICD-9 code, a list of valid codes will appear in a
drop-down list. Select the appropriate code from the list.
SELECT ANATOMIC GROUP ASSOCIATED WITH THE DIAGNOSIS CODE FROM
THE DROPDOWN LIST
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Diagnosis Phase Continued…
IF APPLICABLE, ENTER SECONDARY DIAGNOSIS CODE AND SELECT
SECONDARY ANATOMIC GROUP
SELECT SURGERY TYPE TO INDICATE IF SURGERY IS RELEVANT TO PATIENT
TREATMENT
CLICK ON SAVE CHANGES TO SAVE OR CLICK ON NEXT BUTTON TO SAVE
AND PROCEED TO INTAKE PHASE
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Intake Phase
SELECT APPROPRIATE PROBLEM AREA FROM DROPDOWN LIST
Problem area should match the patient worksheet completed by patient
COMPLETE FUNCTION, PAIN, AND ACUITY DAYS
You may enter a function score directly or click on the Calculator link to calculate function score
(see screenshot)
Calculator
COMPLETE FORM AND CLICK CALCULATE BUTTON TO CALCULATE
FUNCTION
CLICK NEXT OR SAVE CHANGES BUTTON TO PROCEED TO INTERIM OR
DISCHARGE PHASE
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Registration Summary
REGISTRATION SUMMARY WILL AUTOMATICALLY OPEN AFTER
COMPLETION OF INTAKE PHASE. CLOSE SUMMARY TO CONTINUE WITH
REGISTRATION.
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Interim Phase (Optional)
If you collect interim outcome assessments on your patients, you may enter those assessments under
Interim Phase. You may enter as many Interim Phases as you like on a single episode of care for a
patient. If you do not collect interim assessments, you may click on Next to proceed to the
Discharge Phase.
CLICK ON ADD NEW BUTTON
Enter Assessment Date, Number of Visits (at time of interim assessment), Function, Pain, Global
Rating of Change, Work Status, and Lost Work Days
CLICK SAVE CHANGES BUTTON TO SAVE OR SAVE TO SAVE AND CLOSE
INTERIM FORM. CLICK CANCEL TO DISCARD CHANGES AND CLOSE INTERIM
FORM.
You may close the registration at this point or continue directly to Discharge Phase by clicking on
Next.
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Discharge Phase
You will have 3 options to consider for Discharge. Walkthroughs have been provided for each
scenario. Scenarios include 1) Patient Self Discharge - no interim or discharge assessment, 2) Patient
Self Discharge - interim assessment completed but no discharge assessment, 3) Patient Discharge
with Discharge Assessment.
1. Patient Self Discharge (No Interim or Discharge Assessment)
If patient drops out of treatment prior to discharge without completing interim or discharge
outcomes assessment, please complete the following fields.
COMPLETE DISCHARGE DATE (last date seen in clinic)
CHECK ‘PATIENT SELF-DISCHARGE/NO DISCHARGE ASSESSMENT
COLLECTED’ BOX
SELECT SELF DISCHARGE REASON FROM DROP DOWN MENU
COMPLETE NUMBER OF VISITS (as of last date seen in clinic)
CLICK SAVE CHANGES BUTTON TO SAVE OR SAVE & CLOSE TO SAVE AND
RETURN TO TREATMENT REGISTRATIONS PAGE
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2. Patient Self Discharge (Interim Assessment Completed but No Discharge Assessment)
If patient drops out of treatment prior to discharge but has completed an interim outcomes
assessment, please complete following fields.
COMPLETE DISCHARGE DATE (last date seen in clinic)
CHECK ‘PATIENT SELF-DISCHARGE/NO DISCHARGE ASSESSMENT
COLLECTED’ BOX
SELECT SELF DISCHARGE REASON FROM DROP DOWN MENU
CHECK THE ‘USE LAST INTERIM ASSESSMENT?’ BOX
This will automatically populate the discharge outcome fields with data from last assessment.
CLICK SAVE CHANGES BUTTON TO SAVE OR SAVE & CLOSE TO SAVE AND
RETURN TO TREATMENT REGISTRATIONS PAGE
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3. Patient Discharge with Discharge Assessment
When patient completes treatment and fills out a discharge assessment, please complete the
following fields
COMPLETE DISCHARGE DATE, NUMBER OF VISITS, FUNCTION, PAIN,
GLOBAL RATING OF CHANGE, WORK STATUS, AND LOST WORK DAYS
CLICK SAVE CHANGES BUTTON TO SAVE OR SAVE & CLOSE TO RETURN TO
TREATMENT REGISTRATIONS PAGE
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**PATIENT SATISFACTION SUBSCRIBERS ONLY
To print a Patient Satisfaction survey for a patient, follow the instructions below.
Return to Treatment Registrations list by clicking on Treatment Registrations Link
Right-click on appropriate Patient ID from the active patient list. Select “Print English Survey” to
print a survey in English. Select “Print Spanish Survey” to print a survey in Spanish.
A Print Preview of the survey will open and a check mark will be placed in the Treatment
Registrations grid for the patient registration for which you just printed a survey.
Give Patient Satisfaction Survey directly to the patient, or place it in the patient’s chart for
completion at a later date.
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IX. Quarterly Reports
OUTCOMES
Select the “Outcomes” link under Reports to view Outcomes Reports.
Select Reporting Quarter.
Select appropriate category (Standard, Neuromuscular, or Pelvic Floor) and click on appropriate
report link (i.e. Facility Comparative Outcomes) to view that report.
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OUTCOMES
Understanding Report Layout and Terminology
Most outcomes reports are laid out in a manner that allows for comparison to historical outcomes
data and to network and national groups. Comparative reports are titled in the upper right quadrant
of the page.
Report Header:
 Report Title – name of report
 Reporting quarter – indicates reporting quarter covered by your report
 Network – indicates name of primary network your clinic belongs to. If you do not belong
to a network, the network name indicates the category of clinics you are being compared
against (e.g. “Independent Clinic” refers to all independent private practices that do not
belong to a larger chain or network of clinics. “Hospital OP” would refer to all hospital
outpatient clinics).
 Clinic Name – name of your clinic
Comparative Report Column Headings:
 Facility XQ 20XX – Facility refers to your clinic. Quarter number and year indicate time
period of reported data.
 Facility Rolling Year – Shows your clinic’s combined averages for the last full year.
 Network Rolling Year – Network refers to the clinic grouping indicated in the report
header. Averages shown are combined averages for the last full year.
 National Rolling Year – National refers to the entire outcomes database; all clinics and all
clinic types. Averages shown are combined averages for the last full year.
Data Headings:
 Functional Improvement – Indicates the average percent change in function between
initial and final assessment. Positive numbers indicate an increase in patient function. The
higher your average score, the more functionality your patients have gained in activities of
daily living. Negative numbers indicate a decrease in patient function.
 Decrease in Pain – Indicates average percent change in pain between initial and discharge
assessment. Positive numbers indicate a decrease in patients’ pain level. The higher your
average score, the more your patients have decreased their pain levels. Negative numbers
indicate an increase in patients’ pain level.
 Global Rating of Change – Indicates how much patients feel their condition has changed
during the course of treatment. This measure is independent of Function and Pain and relies
on the patient’s perception of change in condition during treatment. The higher your score,
the more your patients feel their condition has changed for the better. Scores ranging from 4 to -7 indicate patient got significantly worse. Scores ranging from -3 to +3 indicate no
relevant change took place. Scores of +4 to +7 indicate significant positive change.
 Number of Visits – Indicates average number of visits utilized by your patients.
 Work Days Lost – Indicates average number of work days lost due to injury or condition
that drove patient to seek treatment.
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Quarterly Reports
Calculations:
 Function – Percent change in function calculation is based on the patient’s starting point
and can never exceed 100% improvement. Calculation used for determining functional
improvement score is (Final Function – Initial Function)/(100-Initial Function). Incomplete
function scores/scores that equal 0 are excluded from reporting.
o Negative score - Most questions about the functional calculation arise from
negative functional scores. To explain, a patient who starts at a functional score of
80 points only has 20 points to recover to get to 100. Based on this case and the
calculation we use to determine functional score, a decrease of 20 points would result
in a score of -100%. A decrease of more than 20 points would result in a greater
than 100% negative value.

Pain – As with function, percent change in pain calculation is based on the patient’s starting
point and can never exceed a 100% decrease. Calculation used for determining decrease in
pain score is (Initial Pain – Final Pain)/(Initial Pain).
o Negative score - Most questions about the pain calculation arise from negative
scores. To explain, a patient who starts at a pain level of 3 only has 3 points to lose
to be able to report 0 pain, or 100% decrease in pain. Based on this case and the
calculation we use to determine pain score, an increase of 3 points would result in a
score of -100%. An increase of more than 3 points would result in a greater than
100% negative value because the patient’s pain level has more than doubled since
initial evaluation. Incomplete scores/scores with intake pain of 0 are excluded from
reporting.
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Means and Averages – Most other numbers shown on your outcomes reports are straight
averages. However, averages can only be calculated for the number of cases where a value is
reported. For example, if your clinic reports 10 records for a reporting quarter where only 2
of the records had complete lost work days, your average number of lost work days will only
be based on those 2 records where a number was reported (denominator in this case is 2, not
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OUTCOMES REPORT DESCRIPTIONS
Facilities Comparative Outcomes Report
Demographic breakdown of report categories along with overall clinic outcome scores. Clinic is
given 3 historical quarters of information for their facility along with a comparison to Facility
Rolling Year, Network Rolling Year, and National Rolling Year. Report is broken down as follows:
 Patient Population – Total number of patients and distribution by gender
 Age Range – Distribution of patients that fall into specified age ranges
 Insurance – Distribution of patients that fall in specified insurance type groups
o Health Plan - coverage supplied by an insurer to reimburse or by a payer for
medical expenses. Often ties to indemnity carriers, HMOs etc.
o PIP/MVA/PNC – insurance types that fall into same general category
 PIP - short hand for Personal Injury Protection, a form of property and
casualty insurance coverage that reimburses medical providers for their care
to people following accidents and that reimburses contractors or vendors
that help repair physical property harmed as the result of an accident
 MVA - short hand for Motor Vehicle Accident coverage, a form of PIP
 PNC - short hand for Property Casualty Insurance that includes motor
vehicle incidents (MVA) and is sometimes referred to as PIP
o Work Comp - a form of insurance coverage to reimburse for medical expenses,
disability, and time loss related to an on-the-job injury
 Outcomes – Overall clinic outcomes for the following categories:
o Functional Improvement
o Decrease in Pain
o Global Rating of Change
o Number of Visits
o Work Days Lost
 Acuity – Distribution of acuity days that fall in specified acuity ranges. Anything greater
than 90 days in this category is considered chronic.
Outcomes by Problem Area
Breakdown of outcomes categories by anatomical region. Groupings include Upper Extremity,
Lower Extremity, Lumbar, Cervical/Thoracic, TMJ, and Hand. Neurological conditions are
reported separately, but in the same format as Problem Area report. Clinic is given 3 historical
quarters of information for their facility along with a comparison to Facility Rolling Year, Network
Rolling Year, and National Rolling Year. Report is broken down as follows:
 Problem Area
o Number of Patients
o Functional Improvement
o Decrease in Pain
o Global Rating of Change
o Number of Visits
o Work Days Lost
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Therapist Outcomes Report
Breakdown of outcomes categories by therapist. Each therapist has outcomes grouped by
anatomical region for the current reporting quarter. Therapist also receives an overall average for
the reporting quarter as well as a rolling year overall average. Comparison data for clinic, network,
and national are listed at the bottom of the therapist report. Report is broken down as follows:
 Therapist
o Anatomical Region
 Patients – number of patients
 Pain – decrease in pain
 Function – functional improvement
 GRoC – Global Rating of Change
 Visits – average number of visits
 Lost Work – average number of lost work days
 Acute – percentage of patients whose acuity days were less than 90 days
 Chronic – percentage of patients whose acuity days were more than 90 days
Work Outcomes
Breakdown of work status and lost work days as reported by patient. Report shows work status and
lost work days for 3 applicable insurance types (PIP/MVA/PNC, Health Plan, and Work Comp) as
well as the clinic’s overall distribution of work status and work days lost for all cases. Clinic is given
4 historical quarters of information for their clinic. Report is broken down as follows:
 Average Lost Work Days (graph) – graphic display of lost work days by reporting quarter
 Return to Work Status – percentage of patients in each category
o Have not returned to work
o No lost work time
o Not employed outside the home
o Return to work w/modification
o Return to work w/o restriction
Outcomes by Clinic
This overview report shows all outcome measure data for facility, network, and national on one page
for the current reporting quarter. It includes outcomes by anatomical region as well as clinic overall
outcomes. Report is broken down as follows:
 Outcomes by Anatomical Region – each anatomical region contained to its own box
 Clinic Overall Outcomes – located on bottom right of report
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Network Outcomes Report
This report is only available to network administrators, or someone who oversees a group or
network of clinics or hospitals that utilize the CareConnections Outcomes System. Report lists
clinic overall outcomes for each clinic in a given network or group of clinics for the current
reporting quarter and for the rolling year. Report shows overall average for network, rolling
network average, and rolling national average at the bottom of each page of the report for
comparison. Report is broken down as follows:
 Patients – number of patients
 Clinic Name – name of network or group member clinic
 Pain – decrease in pain
 Function – functional improvement
 GRoC – Global Rating of Change
 Visits – average number of visits
 Lost Work – average number of lost work days
 Acute – percentage of patients whose acuity days were less than 90 days
 Chronic – percentage of patients whose acuity days were more than 90 days
Subtotals broken down by:
o Network Quarterly Average
o Network Rolling Year Average
o National Rolling Year Average
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PATIENT SATISFACTION
Select the “Patient Satisfaction” link under Reports to view Patient Satisfaction Reports.
Select Reporting Quarter.
Select appropriate report link (i.e. Patient Satisfaction - Clinic) to view that report.
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Understanding Patient Satisfaction Report Layout
Reports are titled in the upper right quadrant of the page.
Report Header:
 Report Title – name of report
 Reporting quarter – indicates reporting quarter covered by your report
 Network – indicates name of primary network your clinic belongs to. If you do not belong
to a network, the network name indicates the category of clinics you are being compared
against (e.g. “Independent Clinic” refers to all independent private practices that do not
belong to a larger chain or network of clinics. “Hospital OP” would refer to all hospital
outpatient clinics).
 Clinic Name – name of your clinic
All patient satisfaction reports contain a count of total surveys and a count of bar-coded surveys.
This is a tool for you to track your clinic’s compliance with the bar-coded survey collection method.
Note that surveys without a bar code cannot be linked to therapist or insurance information.
The format of the Clinic Summary Report, Office Summary Report, and Therapist Summary
Reports is presented in a bar graph format. Bar graphs allow for comparison data to be included in
each report. Reports also have a network comparison (your network name is identified in the report
header).
Along with comparison data, your graphical reports also contain a column titled “Answer Rate.”
Answer rate indicates the percentage of your patients that answered each question on the survey.
Questions with lower percentages indicate that patients are either not answering that question or
they are marking N/A (Not Applicable).
For your convenience we have included numeric values in addition to graphs in each report. Graphs
represent the average scores for each reporting quarter.
Calculations
 Averages – Each question receives a straight average based on the value of the selection
made by the patient. Scores are ranked from 5 (Excellent) to 1 (Very Poor). Questions that
were unanswered or that were marked as not applicable are not included in your averages.
Averages can only be calculated for the number of cases where a value is reported. For
example, if your clinic reports 10 patient satisfaction surveys for a reporting quarter where 2
of the surveys had question nine answered as N/A, your average score for question 9 will
only be based on those 8 records where a value was reported (denominator in this case is 8,
not 10).
To be included in your reports, a satisfaction survey must have a minimum of 7 questions
answered.
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Clinic Summary Report
This 2 page report shows your clinic’s average score for each question on the patient satisfaction
survey. On the graph your clinic average is represented by the bar on the left, and your comparative
network average is represented by the bar on the right. Historical data from the past 6 rolling
quarters is included. Numerical averages, answer rates, and network comparison data are shown to
the right of each graph.
Office Summary Report
This 1 page report shows only questions that relate to office staff along with a cumulative graph for
all office staff questions. On the graph your clinic average is represented by the bar on the left, and
your comparative network average is represented by the bar on the right. Historical data from the
past 6 rolling quarters is included. Numerical averages, answer rates, and network comparison data
are shown to the right of each graph.
Therapist Summary Report
This 1 page report is provided for each staff therapist that could be identified from the bar code on
your satisfaction surveys. The therapist report shows only questions that relate to therapists along
with a cumulative graph for all therapist based questions. On the graph your therapist average is
represented by the bar on the left, the clinic average is represented by the middle bar, and your
comparative network average is represented by the bar on the right. Historical data from the past 6
rolling quarters is included. Numerical averages, answer rates, and clinic and network comparisons
are shown to the right of each graph. Therapist reports that have UNIDENTIFIED THERAPIST at the
top represent surveys from your clinic that did not contain a bar code or that contained an unreadable bar code.
Clinic Payer Report
This report shows patient satisfaction averages for your top 10 insurances tracked through
CareConnections. Average scores are provided for each question from the patient satisfaction survey
along with an overall score for office staff and therapist-based questions. Clinic Payer Report is only
available for clinics that submitted bar-coded surveys and is based only on these bar-coded surveys.
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X. Contact and Technical Support Information
If you experience any technical difficulties or have questions regarding the CareConnections web
site, please email [email protected] You may also contact CareConnections support at
(800) 219-8835, and choose option 7 to reach a CareConnections support technician.
For questions about Outcomes System procedures, scoring, and application, you may email
[email protected] or telephone a CareConnections support technician (phone
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CARECONNECTIONS PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT
This agreement represents the complete agreement and understanding between CareConnections and the account holder and supersedes any other written or oral
agreement. Upon notice, CareConnections may modify these terms and conditions, amplify them, and/or modify the prices and services offered.
1.0
PROVISION OF SERVICES
1.1 CareConnections will provide services to participant in exchange for payment by the
responsible party and compliance with the terms and conditions of this document.
1.2 CareConnections Outcomes services are defined as the management and reporting of clinical
outcomes and associated patient data for the benefit of account holders. Data submitted
becomes the property of CareConnections.
1.3 CareConnections and its employees agree to maintain the confidentiality of the data reported
and will only release blinded and aggregated data, except as it pertains to the specific account
holder.
1.4 CareConnections will supply standard management reports on a calendar quarterly basis in a
format consistent with samples supplied, as modified and updated from time to time. Reports
will be available within 30 days of scheduled submission deadlines provided participant is
current with payments to CareConnections. Custom reports may be contracted for,
documented and attached as an Addendum to this agreement.
1.5 CareConnections may terminate any account with 30 day written notice without cause or
notification, and refund any prepaid fees for services not rendered.
2.0
ACCOUNT HOLDER RESPONSIBILITIES
2.1 Participant agrees to respect the copyright of CareConnections documentation, forms, and
related information by making only those copies necessary to conduct the data collection
within the authorized facilities.
2.2 Participant agrees to support the integrity of CareConnections data by providing training to all
appropriate personnel according to the instructions provided by CareConnections.
2.3 Participant agrees to restrict its use of Outcomes reports and data to its own quality
improvement and marketing programs. Participant acknowledges the sensitivity of using the
information for personnel matters, and will only do so according to the advice of independent
legal counsel. Participant agrees to hold CareConnections harmless from any inappropriate
use of Outcomes data. Any group presentation or publication of CareConnections data
requires prior authorization in writing from CareConnections.
2.4 Participant agrees to submit complete data for 100% of all patient types tracked by
CareConnections. An account may select to limit data collection to 100% of one anatomical
group.
Please sign:
PARTICIPANT SIGNATURE
TITLE
DATE
CLINIC NAME
CONTRACTED NETWORK AFFILIATION (if applicable)
(Responsible Party)
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