3 EHR software issues to face now you’ve conquered ICD-10

October 1, 2015 came and went. The universe didn't implode and clinicians are surviving in the new world of ICD-10. Now that your practice has conquered ICD-10, you can focus on new issues and goals for your EHR systems and practice operations.

1. Mobile integration

With decreasing reimbursements, clinicians are expected to see a higher patient volume while maintaining high quality of care. With mobile EHR, clinicians have the ability to monitor their patients, finish documentation and communicate with patients and staff without having to be within the four walls of the medical practice. Therefore, mobile integration should be a huge focus for your company in the next year, if you do not already offer this feature. Mobile access will give your clinicians greater flexibility and help them improve patient care.

2. Increasing audits and oversight

You should also be prepared for an increasing amount of audits from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for professionals participating in Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Specifically, the OIG will focus on investigating fraud within the program and ensure that users are actually meeting the requirements for meaningful use. Because participating entities self-report their EHR figures, CMS will strive to verify the data to ensure the integrity of incentive payments.

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These reviews would likely start with an audit, in which the practice will provide CMS documentation to support their self-reporting data. If there is an issue or CMS is unable to verify the accuracy of information, it may proceed to an on-site review. As a practice, you should ensure that all of the information related to your EHR meaningful use is readily accessible, organized and properly documented. As long as you are using the EHR system properly and only reporting true and accurate information to CMS, you will not have to worry in the case of an audit. Keep your EHR system up to date, organized and accurate and any potential audits will be no sweat.

3. Security and network protection

As more and more medical practices are converting to EHR systems, there seem to be more and more security threats popping up. From retail giants, to banks, to healthcare systems, information is consistently finding its way into the wrong hands. Therefore, you should redirect some of your energy and financial resources to updating and securing your EHR system. Consult with your IT department or with a third party IT vendor to see if there is any facet of security that your system is missing. Research any new trends in online security and network protection. Ensure that your practice has taken every step it can to keep your patients’ information secure.

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Amy Vant

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Amy Vant is a doctor of physical therapy and clinical director for an outpatient physical therapy clinic in the United States. She has experience utilizing and implementing many forms of medical documentation through various healthcare practice venues. Amy enjoys writing about healthcare administration strategies, including electronic health record systems.

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Amy Vant