Advance: “Double Jeopardy – Copy-and-paste functions are convenient, but they also multiply risks.”
Copy-and-paste has long been a function in word processing, but it’s taken off in the era of EHRs. Physicians tired of typing the same notes day after day can simply drop in documentation for a normal exam or common procedure; for a particular patient, family history or medication lists can be copied from a previous caregiver. But improper copying can lead to fraudulent billing, warns Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPC-I, CGSC, COBGC, CEPDC, CENTC, vice president of business and member development for AAPC.
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