HDM Readers Comment on Congressional Concerns about EHRs

U.S. House and Senate committee leaders in recent weeks have been questioning the value of the electronic health records meaningful use program and whether EHRs are being used to bill for services at higher rates. Some Health Data Management readers aren’t particularly impressed with the lawmakers. Here are their comments:

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Comments (2)
We are being given rules and regulations by people who have never filled out a claim, billed an insurer or never went to medical school. They have no idea or concept of what they are doing. Have any of them ever spent a day or more in a real doctor office or hospital admission office to see what it's really like ??? I think this is an area where they actually need to walk a mile in our shoes first. It must be nice to be able to do what they do... if they don't like the game, they simply change the rules...
Posted by BUDDY L | Monday, October 22 2012 at 3:38PM ET
Wouldn't it be nice to figure out pathways for the most used CPT 4 proceedures and couple these with ICD 9/10 dx. on a speciality basis? That way an EHR could tailor the exam needed and the level of reimbusement made. The computer should count bullet points not doctors. Computers should be used to make it all simpler and from what I see its way more complex. Have CMS and congress even looked at how poorly the templates in EHRs are for documenting pt. visits? MU 2 rules are just more of the same.
Posted by mackley | Monday, October 22 2012 at 4:02PM ET
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