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Compliance and the Electronic Medical Record
This is the audio recording and accompanying materials from the HBMA 2010 Spring Conference session by Cindy Parman, CPC, CPC-H, RCC
A current "hot topic" in today’s economy is the need for healthcare reform and the government’s plan to invest $10 billion per year over the next several years on health information technology, including electronic medical records. While many physicians and medical facilities see an EMR as a way to provide quick, easy documentation and generate medical codes that are consistent and standardized, the road to a compliant EMR is fraught with peril. Healthcare providers must carefully consider the functionality, documentation requirements, and integration with current computer programs when selecting an electronic medical record for their institution.
There are currently hundreds of electronic medical record programs for sale and the review of these products can be time-consuming. This session will illustrate key medical coding and compliance issues that must be considered when selecting a method of electronic healthcare documentation.
- Discuss the nature and structure of electronic medical records
- Provide examples of benefits and concerns with medical coding from EMRs
- Discuss planning and implementation for a compliant EMR