Electronic Health Records spurring hiring of staff besides adding to costs at physicians practice

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                  Electronic Health Records spurring hiring of staff besides adding to costs at
                                              physicians practice

                Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are complex systems and a dedicated team of professionals are
                required for handling and maintaining these systems for smooth operation of such records. The
                drawbacks of paper based records, the projected advantages of EHRs, and the incentives offered
                along with the penalties for non-adoption of EHRs are driving hospitals and small practices towards
                implementing EHR related policies. There are numerous reasons for the slow rate of adoption of
                EHRs and range from reluctance to accept new technology, the changes brought about by
                government intervention and practical causes such as financial burdens, increased amount of work
                and shortage of time.

                Although there are challenges in the initial stages of implementing EHRs, the benefits in the long run
                are holistic in nature and can benefit physicians as well as consumers. One of the important aspects
                of the financial and professional growth of the practice is the maintenance of the viability of the
                equipment and the resources available for efficient operation. One of the important steps in
                ensuring such efficient operation is the hiring of reliable staff that are not only educated in their own
                profession but are also computer savvy and familiar with EHRs and such other systems required for
                everyday activities.

                Some other factors that may add to the costs are health IT services which are a recurring one along
                with some other costs such as upgrading the system and keeping the systems secure as per HIPAA
                guidelines. However, the fact that the initial cost of EHR would be offset due to the incentives
                provided and the benefits in the long run, financially or otherwise, cannot be denied. The costs of
                EMR or EHR implementation and maintenance can be reduced by using various methods to
                streamline the departmental processes by optimizing services such as revenue cycle management
                and denial management along with numerous other services. These processes require accuracy in
                order to reduce duplication and rejection of claims, and errors while billing and coding.

                Professional medical billing and coding companies can provide dedicated services such as payment
                posting, where accurate comprehension of Explanation of benefits (EOB) is required, and accounts
                receivable where time is the most crucial factor in receipt of accurate reimbursement. Moreover,
                the advent of EHRs and numerous new polices, physicians are trying to hire more staff for health IT
                support which is in short supply. Costs of health IT services for upkeep of successful EHRs are rising
                and some of the ways of cutting costs is to outsource as many departmental processes as possible in
                order to find relief from some financial burden.

                Medical billing and coding companies that offer specialized services in this field not just cater to
                physicians’ billing and coding needs but also provide numerous other services. Medical billers and
                coders at www.medicalbillersandcoders.com offer other value added services such as physician
                credentialing, consultancy and denial management.




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Description: Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are complex systems and a dedicated team of professionals are required for handling and maintaining these systems for smooth operation of such records. The drawbacks of paper based records, the projected advantages of EHRs, and the incentives offered along with the penalties for non-adoption of EHRs are driving hospitals and small practices towards implementing EHR related policies.