Clearly this is at best an inconvenience for the patient and clinician, and at worst a waste of valuable time and resources that is replicated thousands of times each day. To minimize data entry while ensuring the right information is captured for accurate reimbursement, EHRs need technologies in the background that can verify billing, coding, compliance, and quality measurement.
Instead of relying on inefficient and error-prone manual methods, physicians can immediately address any treatment, documentation, or coding gaps while patients are still in the exam room. More accurate documentation and coding ensures accurate reimbursement.
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An EHR that is difficult to use can lead to physician burnout and lower quality of patient care. By focusing on enhancing patient care, improving clinician productivity, ensuring accurate reimbursement, and reducing operating expenses, healthcare organizations can dramatically improve the usability of their existing EHRs.
About the author: David Lareau is the chief executive officer of Medicomp Systems, which provides physician-driven, point-of-care solutions that fix EHRs.
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