Archive for The Month of February, 2018

Archive for the Month of February, 2018

Welcome to the medical billing blog archive for the month of February, 2018.

Here you will find links to every article added to the Outsource Management Group web site during the month of February, 2018.

You can browse this month's archives by clicking the "More" button from any of the excerpts below.

EHR Time Exceeds Patient Face Time in Family Practice

Primary care physicians spend less time interacting face-to-face with their patients than they do working on electronic health records (EHR), according to a cross-sectional study published in the February issue of Family Medicine. “The majority of family physicians worked through lunch, stayed late at clinic, or took their work home to complete the day’s EHR work,” write Richard A. Young, MD, from the JPS Family Medicine Residency Program in Fort Worth, Texas, and colleagues. “Significant predictors of visit length included the number of reasons for the visit, new patients to the practice, the number of medications prescribed, whether the physician was Hispanic, whether a resident physician presented the patient to

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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CMS Modifies E/M EHR Clinical Documentation Requirements

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently applauded a CMS decision to change EHR clinical documentation requirements. Teaching physicians can now verify medical student documentation in a patient’s EHR related to evaluation and management (E/M) code services. “Prior to the change, physicians were required to re-document most work performed by medical students — which is often very thorough and based on careful and supervised evaluation — rather than review, refer to, amend, or correct the student note,” clarified ACP President Jack Ende, MD in a public statement. Changing the EHR clinical documentation requirement allows teaching physicians to educate medical students about EHR use within a more streamlined workflow and reduces

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RCM tip: Achieving effective revenue cycle practices in urgent care

Urgent care facilities have various factors contributing to their financial performance. With the start of a new year, one factor they should focus on is achieving effective revenue cycle practices, according to Monte Sandler, executive vice president of revenue cycle management at DocuTAP. First, Mr. Sandler encouraged urgent care facilities to look at patient registration. “Though it can be challenging in many ways, the good news is that with focus on training and oversight during patient registration, you have control over your revenue cycle. The patient experience is critical in the urgent care setting, so … be sure you put the right staff in place to oversee this important and

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RCM tip: Focus on field training in an IDN environment

Healthcare providers operating within integrated delivery networks should pay attention to field training as they manage a central business office, according to Kenneth Miller, Senior RCM Specialist at Cantata Health. Mr. Miller shared this tip with Becker’s Hospital Review. “Ongoing education is key to ensure financial success. Without an education department, it is impossible for IDNs to ensure field staff and registrars are doing what the leadership team expects of them. Trainers must be sent out to the field on rotation to certify staff are following through on verification, maintaining the required financial paperwork, and communicating with patients as appropriate.” Beckers is seeking article topics and tips…. If you would

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