EMR Note Just a Billing Justification

Posted on February 15, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Many of you might remember my post about EMR documentation by exception. Today I came across the best description of the problem with this form of documentation:

When a consultant sends you an EMR note, you are reading his Billing Justification.

Seems like this post is appropriate for President’s Day. Imagine the founding fathers wrote the constitution or bill of rights in order to justify their billing. We’d have 100 amendments, but only 10 of them that other people needed to read. Luckily our founding fathers had the good sense to only pen what was needed. Maybe we should take a lesson from these amazing men.