Jun 1st, 2014
Maximize the full potential of EHR tools, but abide by the documentation rules. By Ronda Tews, CPC, CHC, CCS-P Electronic health records (EHRs) are supposed to save providers time and improve the quality and legibility of their documentation. Another hoped-for advantage of EHRs is better patient care. EHRs are not intended to increase the quantity ...
Apr 1st, 2013
By Ronda Tews, CPC, CHC, CCS-P Most emergency department (ED) visits are stressful for the patient, but too often they are also stressful for the coder or physician responsible for choosing the evaluation and management (E/M) level to report to the payer. At first glance, choosing a service level shouldn’t be hard: There are only ...
Aug 1st, 2009
Coders and physicians alike are finding 
electronic health records aren’t the magic bullet. When electronic health records (EHRs) were first promoted, you may have been led to believe they could singlehandedly reduce medical errors, promote standardization of care, reduce costs, and increase physician efficiency. Physicians would be able to see as many, if not more, ...