Express Documentation in Your EHR let you focus on what matters most: your patientsA recent survey found that EHRs tailored to function in specialty settings continue to rank highest in specialty physician satisfaction. The study also found that EHRs that include robust coding tools, as well as tight integration with practice management solutions and billing and collections services will most likely continue to see the highest satisfaction rates in 2018.

This is a silver lining in what, for many physicians, has occasionally been a frustrating relationship with their EHRs. A recent article that appeared in Quartz zeroed in on some of the key issues that have plagued physicians, noting that many doctors have found their EHR to be "time consuming, prioritize billing codes over patient care, and too often force physicians to focus on digital recordkeeping rather than the patient in front of them."

Needless to say, EHRs should do the exact opposite. And while EHR satisfaction rates are on the upswing according to HealthcareIT News, many solutions are still weighed down by needless bloat and complexity. Specialty physicians can sidestep the complications caused by cumbersome EHRs by implementing a solution with the following qualities and capabilities:

Specialized Coding

First and foremost, specialty physicians that maintain a healthy, financially independent practice need a mechanism to quickly and efficiently document appropriate CPT and ICD-10 codes. Specialty practices that waste time attempting to match diagnoses to appropriate treatment codes will miss opportunities to optimize office-wide workflows and improve healthcare services. They also risk bogging themselves down with costly payment delays and disruptive reimbursement rejections.

That's why the requirement for any specialty practice seeking a new EHR is to find a solution with a fully-developed clinical documentation and coding library that's continuously expanded by informatics specialists and practicing physicians. Practices that simplify coding management can focus less on back-office activities and more on patient engagement.

Express Documentation

Effective EHRs simplify patient-data collection so that front-desk staff and physicians can spend less time worrying about documentation and coding and more time focusing on the patient in front of them.

One of the most effective ways to achieve this dynamic is by enhancing speed of documentation. This entails centralizing data-gathering efforts onto one platform that easily retrieves record histories, orders standard office tests and procedures, and provides templated and customizable encounter documentation.

Likewise, as physicians and their assistants develop chart notes, they need to be able to instantly build the long narratives and descriptions required in medical records via the use of time-saving key combinations that “expand on command.” This makes it much easier to document patient discussions swiftly and accurately.

Integrated Digital Practice Management

HRs that integrate seamlessly with a practice manager interface drastically improves coordination between physicians, front-desk staff and patients. This yields three major benefits for specialty practices:

  1. Higher collection rates: Seamless integration with EHR data means greater access to patient information. This helps the front-desk make sure that they have all the context they need to verify insurance eligibility and provide an accurate cost estimation at the point of service or prior to the visit.
  2. Fewer missed appointments: A digital practice manager that supports single-screen scheduling capabilities can help clerical staff stay organized and fill last-minute cancellations by automatically prompting the front desk to reach out to patients on a waiting list.
  3. Better patient engagement: Highly integrated practice management tools also facilitate better patient engagement by supporting more efficient and accurate patient interactions. With access to preliminary appointment data and patient cost estimations, staff can quickly answer many common questions before services are provided. Staff can also respond to questions or reschedule appointments via Secure Messaging, email or a web portal.

These combined benefits help practices maximize the value of their EHR and ultimately become more agile.

Reduced Maintenance Cost of Non-Intuitive Software

Finally, implementing, configuring and using your EHR should not require an extensive learning curve or ongoing maintenance calls to your vendor for unresolved issues. It bears repeating that the purpose of an EHR is to make your practice more efficient and to eliminate as many tedious, manual documentation processes as possible.

Training services are frequently overlooked, scaled back or jettisoned altogether to reduce costs. However, doing so can not only put your staff behind the curve at go-live, but also leave them struggling to identify and use the most efficient methods to complete complicated tasks well into the future. Still, while it’s important to recognize the essential value of a well-trained staff, you should identify an EHR vendor that can efficiently deliver training services and return your office to normal levels of productivity within a couple of weeks.

Accordingly, your EHR vendor should provide targeted training to users in order to minimize time-to-value, implementation support and reliable customer service – in addition to all of features referenced above.

For more information about how robust but intuitive EHR system can maximize the effectiveness of your specialty practice,

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Sources:
https://qz.com/1061322/doctors-are-burning-out-because-electronic-medical-records-are-broken/

http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/can-computer-assisted-coding-revolutionize-care-delivery

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