Nephrologists have a lot on their plate as far as keeping track of patients, their visits, their locations, and the wealth of information that comes with working in this specialty. It is essential that a Nephrology provider have the tools and technology they need to not only provide top of the line care, but stay organized, efficient, and accurate as well as achieve success in their field. The Electronic Health Record is capable of being the tool that helps every Nephrologist in their effort toward success and quality care. The main issue is that the field of Electronic Health Record software is flooded by vendors who claim to have everything that any provider needs in an EHR. Specialty providers, like Nephrologists, who focus on one specific area of a patient’s care are overwhelmed by the clutter and uselessness of most Electronic Health Records to their practice and feel stuck with poor technology that does not help them. This does not have to be the case. A Nephrologist should be looking for specialty specific, Dialysis EHR that is aimed directly toward the needs of the Nephrology provider. So what are some of the features and benefits of a Dialysis EHR?
Features and Benefits of Dialysis EHR:
1) Dialysis EHR Billing
With Dialysis EHR, a Nephrology provider has the ability to file hundreds of claims in seconds! Instantly generate multiple claims for all patients who received the same level of service. In the past, providers have had to enter in claims one-by-one for every dialysis patient they would see. With this feature of the Dialysis EHR, providers no longer have to do this and can now efficiently bill their claims and spend more time with their patients. With the mass claim-creation tool, providers have an increase in cash flow, staff productivity, and new availability in staff time. Dialysis billing with Dialysis EHR also helps a provider distinguish between payers that allow for mid-month versus end-of-month billing as well as achieve maximum reimbursement by identifying gaps in care.
2) Dialysis Rounding
With Dialysis rounding as a part of your Dialysis EHR, Nephrology providers no longer have to manually keep track of which patients they are seeing at each different location. Streamlined workflows allow providers to track Dialysis rounds by location and add a Dialysis visit to a patient’s chart. Nephrologists can prioritize a location based on the number of visits and number of required comprehensive visits. This feature allows a provider to set up a patients’ typical dialysis location and shift. Providers can print dialysis rounds list highlighting patients who have yet to meet their 4-visit threshold or are missing their comprehensive monthly visit. The Dialysis EHR feature allows a Nephrologist to quickly log comprehensive or normal visits from the dialysis rounds list as well as add a note for the visits to keep the entire clinical care team in the loop.
3) Dialysis Reporting
This feature of a Dialysis EHR is crucial because it tracks and reports to the provider which patients have and have not met their 4-visit threshold for dialysis. Comprehensive Dialysis reporting brings this information to the forefront and allows a provider to deliver efficient and quality care to their patients. This feature of a Dialysis EHR also tracks new patients so Nephrology providers can watch their Dialysis patient list grow. Dialysis reporting with a Dialysis EHR also makes sure that providers can see all unbilled visits in seconds, helping them stay on top of their claims. Dialysis reporting helps providers to understand what sectors of their business are growing the fastest and helps them to never miss a comprehensive visit by deploying resources when they are needed the most.
4) Dialysis Tracking
The last feature that Nephrology providers should see from their Dialysis EHR is Dialysis tracking. A Dialysis EHR with this feature tracks the patient rounds lists, visit level, and acts as a reminder to complete the comprehensive visits on a monthly basis to ensure maximum reimbursement. It provides an overview of the patient’s current dialysis visits for the month. It keeps clinical staff up to date with the patient’s schedule and visit history. Dialysis tracking also allows providers to quickly add and off-schedule dialysis visit should the patient show up at a different location by mistake. This feature of a Dialysis EHR is crucial for provider wishing to stay organized and achieve maximum reimbursement. These four features of a Dialysis EHR are crucial for Nephrology providers looking to streamline workflow, increase efficiency and accuracy, achieve maximum reimbursement, and find success in an Electronic Health Record.
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