Week 2 Assignment – EMR Speech
University of Phoenix
Electronic Medical Records
Hello everyone, I am here today to talk about Electronic Medical Records (EMR). You may be asking yourself, what is an EMR? It is a digital version of a paper medical record that a physician keeps on an individual. They can only be seen by the physician and the staff of a single facility (Rouse, 2011). Eventually every practice, hospital, healthcare facility in the United States will be using Electronic Medical Records to keep track of a patient’s information. These facilities will still need to keep a paper record of a patient’s information for ...view middle of the document...
The Importance of Practice Management
Practice management can make scheduling and billing easier for the staff by reducing mistakes and errors sometimes made. Appointments can be made before a patient leaves, and the staff can notify a patient of their appointment a day in advance for less chance of a patient missing his or her appointment. Patient accounting is less complicated and the time to process what the patient owes is faster. Accounts receivable is improved with less errors which means the physician can be paid for his or her services much faster. Time spent on dictating and writing prescriptions will be reduced so the physician can have more time to focus on patient care. There will be less chance of documents coming up missing and information not posted to a patient’s chart (McKesson Corporation, 2010).
PM Software Assists Personnel
Practice management software keeps track of all the appointments scheduled for each physician in a facility. It is easy for a staff member to change the time or cancel an appointment, no more looking through pages in an appointment book. Once a physician has seen an individual the procedure and diagnosis codes are sent to the practice management software. The program goes through the codes from a patient’s visit figures out what the patient and insurance company should owe, and creates an insurance claim. After all of the payments are received from the patient and insurance company they are posted to a patient’s account, and a receipt is printed for the patient. The staff can feel more confident in their day-to-day activities which in turn make the...