Electronic health records (EHRs) are expensive to implement, and this is particularly true of enterprise-wide EHRs. But despite the high prices already paid, adequate EHR support often is not covered in the contract. If an EHR is dropped off at the practice like a new laptop, with nothing more than basic instructions and a “Good ...
Apr 4th, 2013
Moving forward with implementation means your participation is vital. If you thought the introduction of the electronic health record (EHR) would change coding, you were absolutely right. The days of sitting in the back office, appending ICD-9-CM codes to paper fee tickets and manually posting charges is, for some practices, in the distant past. Modern ...
Advance for Health Information Professionals will be hosting a free one-hour webinar on March 20, 2013 on the topic of electronic health record systems (EHRs) and what effects they have on coder responsibilities. AAPC Physician Services‘ Managing Director of Audit Services Stephani E. Scott, CPC, RHIT, is presenting the webinar, which has been approved for ...
Nov 1st, 2012
By Erin Andersen CPC, CHC  In the age of electronic health records (EHRs), patient encounter notes may become bloated with extensive histories, medication lists, and laboratory and radiology results that may not have been obtained during—and which are not pertinent to—the present visit. Ironically, physicians may have an overabundance of patient information, but fail to ...
Oct 1st, 2012
By Holly J. Cassano, CPC Accurate payment under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) risk adjustment reimbursement model depends on diagnosis code specificity and reporting all current chronic conditions. A leading cause of incorrect and/or insufficient reimbursement from Medicare Advantage (MA) plans is deficient hierarchal condition categories (HCC) code reporting. CMS has been ...