EHRs Deliver on Promise of “Increasing Revenue”

cover_AAOSN_Nov2012_EHRsDeliverOnPromise_KZ_MLG-1AAOS Now – November 19, 2012
by Karen Zupko and Mary LeGrand, RN, MA, CPC, CCS-P

Suddenly, it seems the popular press has developed an interest in medical coding. Perhaps it has something to do with money. The details of how higher level evaluation and management (E/M) coding has cost the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) “billions” hit the pages of The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal in September. The fuss was generated by a study conducted by the Center for Public Integrity, which indicated that Medicare spent $33.5 billion on E/M coding in 2010—an increase of 48 percent over 2001 levels.

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