Top Benefits of Electronic Health Records
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Top Benefits of Electronic Health Records

Published on May 21, 2013 in
There are so many benefits to transitioning over to using Electronic Health Records and CollaborateMD is here to assist in any questions that you may have.

The first and one of the most important is legibility. We all know and have heard jokes about the legibility of some doctor's handwriting, but handwriting, is generally much less readable than typed records. Illegible records can be a cause of patient mistreatment. Illegible handwriting can also lead to inaccurately filled prescriptions. Legibility, and how it can prevent medical errors, is one of the key “pros” for the implementation of EHR.

As the health and safety of the patient is always first and foremost, it is important to also consider how easily read medical records can assist your practice in maximizing your claim reimbursement in many ways.

All Commercial payers, as well as CMS, reserve the right to deny any service they see as not reasonable and necessary. By utilizing an EHR system, you can avoid claim payment denials by having clear clinical notes and supporting documentation. The EHR system will automatically assign the date, time and appropriate service provider to the medical record. It will also update this information as necessary when changes are made to the record insuring complete and accurate tracking of the patient's treatment process.

In many instances, an EHR can guide you through a process, prompting the provider to fully complete one part of the evaluation before moving on to the next. As an EHR many times is completed “real time” with the patient face to face, it will record all procedures and services performed. When this record is reviewed by the medical coder, all appropriate procedure codes can be collected and billed, which will eliminate any missed checkmarks on old bills.

So, when you have decided it's time to select your EHR, keep something else in mind. The ability of your EHR to communicate electronically with your medical billing software. At CollaborateMD, we are here to help guide you through this process and answer any questions you may have.