The American Health Information Management Association is urging more research on the causes of higher levels of coding and reimbursement through the use of electronic health records.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology are held a “listening session” in Washington on May 3 with stakeholders with the topic being EHRs and billing. CMS has warned providers not to “game the system” by using EHRs to bill at higher treatment levels than warranted. Providers have retorted that better specification and documentation of treatment via EHRs is leading to higher utilization of more appropriate codes for treatment.

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