- EHRs may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs for Medicare, private insurers & patients making it easier for the physicians to bill more for their services.
- In 2010, hospitals received $1 billion more in Medicare reimbursements than 5 years prior.
- For instance one hospital's reimbursements rose 43% in 2009, the same year they began their EHR.
- Another hospital discussed in the article had an increase in their paid claims by 82%.
- Because of the higher coding, this has prompted the attention of federal & state regulators as well as private insurers - they state that coding of E/M Services is vulnerable to fraud and abuse.
- One individual stated that EHRs "can improve the quality of care, save lives and save money"
Some negatives of Electronic Health Records - EHRs are as follows:
- Automatically generated patient history
- Cut-and-paste examination findings from multiple patients - called "cloning"
- Boxes that allow doctors to review patients symptoms without a full exam being done.
- One individual was quoted stating: (the use of electronic records): "makes it faster and easier to fraudulent".
To download the full article, please click the following link: "Medicare Billing Rises at Hospitals With Electronic Records"
For additional billing, coding, and reimbursement resources, please click the following link: Medical Reimbursement, Inc. Resources Page