Study Finds EHR Coding Tools Lacking

A recent study published by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) authored by Michael Stearns, MD, reported on the accuracy of electronic health record (EHR) Evaluation and Management (E/M) automated coding tools and how they are being used by clinicians in the field. None of the EHRs accurately automated the coding process, although some were far more capable than others.  The majority of users limited knowledge of the nuances of E/M coding and potential pitfalls in the EHRs.  The article provides recommendations for coding professionals and EHR users regarding how to assess the accuracy of E/M coding tools and how they are used.

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The article was published in the December 2013 issue of the Cutting Edge journal published by the AAPC.  It was reproduced here with permission:

Stearns E-M EHR Article Cutting Edge Dec 2013