A number of EHR (Electronic Health Record) products feature tools that automate the process of determining the E&M (evaluation and management) code for an office visit. When these tools are properly designed and used appropriately, they result in very accurate coding supported by thorough documentation. This can result in very significant and completely justified increases in revenue, not uncommonly reaching tens of thousands of dollars.
How does the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "stimulus" bill) apply to medical practices?
The Federal stimulus package contains $19 billion to accelerate the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) and health information technology in doctors' offices. This is part of the new administration's plan to use health information technology to help reduce medical costs and improve the quality of care provided to patients.
Semantic Interoperability: The Holy Grail of Medical Informatics
In 1991, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a report which detailed a consensus vision for the creation of electronic medical records (EMR) in the U.S. (1) The report presented a number of high level objectives to guide EMR development including improving the quality of patient care, strengthening the scientific basis of clinical practice, and helping to control healthcare costs. The IOM predicted that computerization would lead to a radical transformation of the U.S healthcare delivery system if these goals were achieved.
An electronic health record (EHR) that shares a single database with a practice management system is an integral tool that allows physicians to manage their practices more efficiently, reduce overhead and improve the quality of care. This is commonly referred to as an "integrated EHR." Cost is one of the most commonly cited reasons why physicians do not implement these systems.
A successful Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation hinges upon choosing the right system for your practice. Equally important is how you approach the process of actually implementing the EHR in your practice. This article will provide recommendations based on knowledge attained from hundreds of successful EHR implementations.
eMDs Solution Series™ Software Combines with ZirMed's Reimbursement and Payment Solutions to Drive More Revenue and Cost Savings for Medical Practices
AUSTIN, TX – eMDs Solution Series Chart electronic health record (EHR) received the top overall score in the American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) Family Practice Management (FPM) 2009 EHR User Satisfaction Survey. The survey, previously conducted in 2005 and 2007, was markedly expanded this year to include responses from 2,012 family practice physicians using a total of 22 EHR systems.