EHR snafus can create problems during an audit

Providers need to ensure that their electronic health record systems are in compliance with documentation and coding guidelines to avoid problems during a government or payer audit, according to a recent PhysiciansPractice.com article. Some of the issues that EHRs are creating include automatic counting of a chronic problem when it wasn't relevant to the patient's visit and inaccurate medical necessity determinations. Providers also are running into problems by cutting and pasting information from previous visits--which creates credibility issues--and allowing the EHRs to make coding decisions that are subject to interpretation. Article (free registration required)