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Posted by The MediMobile Team on Jul 14, 2017 11:17:17 AM

Paper billing, despite it's limitations, still has strong roots with many providers around the country. While there is a continued push to bring hospitals and providers into the digital age, it's not as easy for some. For example, this doctor in Portland, Maine still relies on paper billing and records. He, along with many others, believe that many of these electronic systems aren't patient-centered or lack the security to protect their patients' privacy. On top of these pre-existing hesitations, many other providers have rolled out such systems only to be burned by them in some capacity. Whether that be due to drops in productivity or technical difficulties, it's easy to see why some providers are against such technology integrations. The main challenge here is finding a solution that focuses on patients and outcomes rather than treating every encounter as a means to a financial end. While all of the above concerns are fair, charge capture is still the most efficient way to care for patients long-term as well as maximize revenue. It may seem like another needless task to tackle, but the benefits greatly outweigh potential issues. To explore this issue further, we looked at five reasons why you should be using charge capture, how charge capture is helping with EHR migrations, and charge capture's role in value-based care.

Despite the widespread adoption of electronic systems in healthcare, paper billing still maintains a significant presence, particularly among smaller practices and individual providers. Transitioning to electronic systems can be daunting, especially for those who have been accustomed to paper-based workflows for years. Concerns about patient-centeredness and data security are valid, as electronic systems must prioritize patient privacy while ensuring ease of use and reliability for healthcare professionals.

However, it's essential to recognize that technological advancements have addressed many of these concerns. Modern electronic systems offer robust security measures, such as encryption and access controls, to safeguard patient data. Moreover, user-friendly interfaces and intuitive design elements can enhance the patient-centeredness of these systems, ultimately improving the overall healthcare experience. Despite initial hesitations and past experiences with subpar electronic systems, embracing technology can lead to greater efficiency, accuracy, and ultimately, improved patient outcomes.

The key lies in finding a solution that not only meets the needs of healthcare providers but also prioritizes patient care and clinical outcomes. Charge capture, as a crucial component of revenue cycle management, plays a significant role in achieving this balance. By accurately documenting patient encounters and procedures, charge capture ensures that providers are fairly reimbursed for their services while also contributing to comprehensive medical records that support continuity of care and informed decision-making. As healthcare continues to evolve towards value-based models, where reimbursement is tied to quality and outcomes, effective charge capture becomes even more critical in demonstrating the value of care delivered.

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