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.

Speakers at the session will represent the American Hospital Association, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, American Medical Association, American Health Information Management Association, Electronic Health Records Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, Association of American Medical Colleges, Federation of American Hospitals, Association of Academic Health Centers, and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

In-person attendance to the session is limited by space; registration and more details are available here. The session also will be available via a live Web cast.

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