For years many physicians have not always been welcoming of Electronic Medical Records, but with the coming of ICD-10 and Meaningful Use edits required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, it is a necessary change.
Electronic Medical Records may cost the practice financially up front but in the long run the physician, coder and the entire practice benefits. The electronic storage of clinical information will create the potential for computer-based tools to help clinicians significantly enhance the quality of medical care and increase the efficiency of the practice. This will also create a need for skilled coders, billers and HIT personnel (CHCP).
We must also consider the advantages it will offer, when referring to outside physicians. It will also allow us to identify patients that require preventive care intervention and tools for coding systems that facilitate the selection of correct billing codes for patient encounters.
So while we might gripe about the change to electronic medical records, it’s going to happen! So let get ready to embrace this phenomenal change and ensure that our physician receive the proper reimbursement for the work coders perform.