Maintaining the status quo is a challenge that puts extra pressure on dentists and their teams. Existing practice management software is one of the most important but often underutilized technologies in practice. If properly configured and fully utilized, hands-on management software streamlines the dental clinic, increases legal reimbursement, and provides valuable information about the operation of the office.
Invest in continuing training throughout the team; statistics show that general dental practice uses only 20% of its ability to practice management software. In addition, be aware of the importance of entering data accurately so that the software’s reporting, reporting and management information is accurate.
Expected changes in the industry will have a direct impact on the practice management software.
Here are three steps to prepare:
Make sure your practice management software is compliant with Electronic Medical Records (EHR). Medical insurance and Medicaid service centers summarize electronic medical records:
“Electronic health records (EHRs) are electronic versions of patient records maintained by suppliers over time and may include all important management clinical data related to a particular vendor’s patient, including demographics, progress history, questions, medications, vital signs Previous medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports. “EHR automatically obtains information and may streamline the clinician’s workflow. EHR also has the ability to directly or indirectly support other care-related activities through a variety of interfaces, including evidence-based decision support, quality management and results reporting.
Electronic health files strengthen the relationship between patients and clinicians and enable providers to make better decisions and provide better care.
Some states have already demanded compliance with EHR rules, while others are considering the rule. Eventually, the entire United States is expected to comply with the EHR’s requirements.
Prepare to submit a statement stating the ICD diagnostic code. Arizona, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Nevada and Vermont have already started the process, requiring that diagnostic codes be listed to support treatment for Medicaid patients prior to processing the claim. Talk to your software vendor about compliance before needing it. In addition, medical claims for the service covered by Medicare began to be submitted.
Know how regulatory requirements (such as HIPAA) affect the software and maintain compliance. While compliance is a moving goal, ignorance of these changes is not an excuse.
“Staying up-to-date and compliance is challenging, but it may take the least amount of time and effort, unless the system is left out for a long time.”
Work with your hands-on management software vendors and their trainers to ensure that your software reduces your risk and maximizes your rewards and enables your team to take full advantage of the software.
Maintaining up-to-date and compliance is challenging, but it may also take the least amount of time and effort unless the system is overlooked for a long time. Return on investment will certainly be greater than the effort.