Documentation and Coding Challenges with EHR – Administrative Eyecare

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 authorized the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide financial incentives for physicians who are “meaningful users” of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology and impose penalties for those who do not adopt EHR by 2015. This incentive and the potential penalties forced many…

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Countdown to ICD-10

As the deadline for ICD-10 approaches on October 1, 2014, following these ten steps can help prepare your practice for the transition.

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Unanticipated Issues Implementing EHRs – Review of Ophthalmology

A new survey suggests that electronic health records can affect productivity and introduce new errors in patient charts. This article answers the following questions: Are physicians satisfied with the introduction of electronic health records (EHR) to their practices? Are there other unintended consequences associated with EHR? What types of errors have been noted by regulators?…

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Adding a scribe to your practice? – Ophthalmology Management

Increasingly a part of medical practices, a scribe is a technician or medical assistant who transcribes into the medical record what a physician dictates during an examination. Here’s what you need to know about them when it comes to coding. This article answers the following questions: Why would an ophthalmologist use a scribe? What is…

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e-Rx Hardship Exemptions 2013 Update

Don’t get caught by a 2% payment reduction in 2014 because you didn’t comply with E-prescribing requirements. You can avoid the penalty by the following: Submit 10 or more electronic prescriptions by June 30, 2013. You were a successful E-prescriber in 2012 and were eligible for the 1% bonus in 2012 If you are seeking…

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EHR Attestation Deadline 2/28/13

Eligible professionals seeking the electronic health record bonus for 2012 must complete the attestation process by February 28, 2013. Early adopters of EHR who met the stage 1 meaningful use requirements in 2011 and received their first bonus check in 2011 were required to meet the criteria for a full year in 2012. The attestation…

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EMR No Cure for Garbage In, Garbage Out – Ophthalmology Management

Electronic medical records (EMR) are being widely adopted. The federal government is encouraging this adoption with bonuses paid to practices that successfully implement EMR. However, for all the benefits EMR offers practices, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security: Coding errors are still possible. This article answers the following questions: What are some…

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Physicians should expect more scrutiny, quality measure discussions, code changes in 2013

U.S. physicians should expect closer oversight, particularly of intravitreal injections and electronic health records, along with a continuing discussion of ASC quality measures and Medicare codes, a speaker said here. Increased scrutiny of intravitreal injections will take place because they have continued to experience dramatic growth and knocked cataract surgery from the No. 1 position…

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The Fundamentals of Meaningful Use – Review of Ophthalmology

A look at Medicare requirements and incentives for becoming a “meaningful user” of electronic health records. This article answers the following questions: Where did the phrase “meaningful use” first appear? What are the fundamentals of meaningful use? How will these requirements be implemented? Is there financial incentive to be a meaningful user of EHR? How…

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