The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for HIT will host a “listening session” on May 3 in Baltimore to hear from stakeholders on issues related to coding for Medicare services via electronic health records systems.

Federal officials worry that EHRs are being used to up code levels of treatment, resulting in higher than warranted reimbursement. “Invited speakers will discuss key issues such as the impact of EHRs on high quality clinical care, provider efficiency and coding, as well as coding challenges and opportunities facing various groups, including hospitals, clinicians and other interested stakeholders,” according to the agencies.

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