Improving physician documentation has never been more important than in today’s era of a looming compliance deadline for using ICD-10 code sets and continued reductions in insurance reimbursement coupled with more out-of-pocket costs for patients, not to mention improved safety and quality of care.
But too many physician practices are behind in efforts to improve documentation, says Deborah Robb, director of physician services at TrustHCS, a Springfield, Mo.-based coding and revenue cycle consultancy. “You’d be surprised how many don’t assess the documentation skills of new physicians.” And they often don’t focus on the skills of current physicians either.
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