Every practice needs a quality electronic health record (EHR) system to help their practice function efficiently. While many think that all EHRs are different versions of the same thing, this is not the case.
Different specialties need individualized tools to help treat their patients while keeping up the standard of quality necessary for a successful practice. Nephrology practices are no different. They need an EHR that will not only keep their patients records intact, but will also integrate the tools, testing and treatments that nephrologists so often turn to for daily patient care.
While it’s important for a nephrology EHR to include the standard functions such as scheduling, e-prescriptions, telehealth integration, and so on, there are two essential key features that a quality nephrology EHR system should include:
1) Dialysis Tracking & Rounding
Providers are busy and need all the help they can get to maximize their efficiency and save time throughout the day. This is why a quality nephrology EHR should include a simple way to track dialysis and rounding. Likewise, it should also include functionality around services such as unbilled dialysis, in-center hemodialysis, and the total amount of dialysis visits your practice is billing for. Most importantly, the best nephrology EHR should have a way for providers to identify patients who have met the 4-patient threshold. This is crucial to both your patients and your practice.
2) Multiple Claim Processing
One of the most time-consuming processes nephrologist run into is filing individual claims for each of their patients. This inconvenient task not only accounts for much frustration within the operations of a practice, but also slows down the incoming of reimbursements practices receive since they can’t get multiple claims out the door. A quality nephrology EHR should save providers time by allowing them to file hundreds of claims with the click of a mouse. No longer will providers have to spend unnecessary time pulling each patient claim one by one.
There are many electronic health record systems out there, but not all of them are suitable for a nephrology practice. An EHR system for nephrology should include dialysis tracking & rounding, as well as multiple claims processing, in order to make sure a practice runs smoothly throughout the day.
Combined with the other tools of a quality electronic health record system, these two functions will help prepare your practice for success, ensuring your team is ready and working efficiently, together.
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