Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) is software that carries medical records in an updated, organized, accessible and shareable format. Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT), the approved standard that works in the hindsight displays updated information every time a clinician or patient makes a request for it.

Combined efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are to make EHRs interoperable. Promoting Interoperability is the preferred name of meaningful use (MU) which is to make them available from one practice to another. In this way, health information exchange (HIE) becomes a reality and efforts of the federal agencies are fruitful.

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for Patients, Providers, and Payers

When you say Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), it refers to Electronic Health Records of the past. However, the name is still very common among healthcare professionals.

As HIT consultants, P3 safeguards healthcare records and protects patient data under the HIPAA law. HIPAA shields the misuse of personal information and applies a penalty in case there is a breach. EHRs contain protected health information (PHI) which needs protection against hackers, unnecessary and/or unauthorized access.

Medical Billing Services with EHR Integration

Usually, the best way to connect with the insurance company is through an integrated system. When Practice Management (PM) System and EHR are associated with medical billing software, there are fewer delays in claim submissions and collections.

Medical billing and coding teams are at work as soon as the patient leaves the doctor’s office. When the coders create an accurate claim; in other words ‘a clean claim’, it passes through the clearinghouse without difficulty. No obstacle is enough to block its way and deprive provider of reimbursement. In case a denial happens, the claim has to go through resubmission after making the fixes.

Characteristics of the Modern EHR

Most modern EHRs support appointment scheduling, billing, and other practice-ready functions. Thus, accommodating the features of a Practice Management System (PMS)! For the EHR to bill on your behalf, it still needs humans to operate and check for intelligent errors. Even though the modern day Electronic Health Records software is AI supported, human interaction on different stages of the care process is necessary.

Let’s read the essential features of an ideal EHR system.

  • Easy Patient Scheduling – The office staff is able to schedule patients, register them and state the reason for their visit. Moreover, there are appointment reminders through text or email help with the no-shows and effective collections.
  • Intelligent Patient Handling – It allows for maximum participation by the practice. The patients don’t have to sit and wait while the examination room is free to use.
  • Task Management Abilities – Preset of the mundane tasks is at the core of an EHR. Quality software reminds you to message patients, check medications, review lab reports, and sign notes.
  • Speed Up Patient Charting Process – When we talk about expediting patient encounters, EHR comes in and becomes the backbone of the patient charting process. It speeds things up and allows you to see more patients in a day.
  • Meaningful Use Reporting – One of the essentials of the modern EHR is to fulfill meaningful use in healthcare set by CMS to measure performances. Usually, healthcare medical billing companies set the direction for Medicaid meaningful use for clinicians. Same goes for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program better known as promoting interoperability under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Follow P3Care on LinkedIn as a MIPS consulting service for QPP 2019 reporting – https://www.linkedin.com/company/p3-healthcare-solutions/

With a user-friendly interface, the system and files must easily run on MAC and PC. Apple Macintosh, Windows, or any other system, the interoperability factor applies everywhere. It is a plan in motion and the way we are advancing as a nation, soon, we’ll be able to achieve it.

HIPAA, EMRs and Billing Claims

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the EMRs provision require practices to send digital medical billing claims. Therefore, medical billing software is up for the grabs and it is a requirement to achieve meaningful use of EHR systems.

To clear the cloud of confusion, the integration of medical billing software and EHRs form the basis of modern healthcare systems. Electronic Health Records assist a practice with the clinical flow, while a PMS directs it on the right financial and administrative path.

For questions out of this service, or on instructions on how to get started call a medical billing service expert today at 1-844-557-3227 (1-844-55-P3CARE) or email at info@p3care.com.