Many dental practices are not aware of the fact that federal mandate will be requiring EMRs by 2015. Considerable financial incentives have been created by The American recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for eligible dentists who adopt and implement EHR technology in the right manner.
Officially, dental providers are considered as eligible providers under Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, also known as Meaningful Use. Medicare incentives are non-applicable for general dental providers but dentists with patient volume of approximately 30% Medicaid are eligible for Medicaid incentives. In order to become eligible, dental practices will have to adopt, implement as well as upgrade certified EHR technology.
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Benefits of having a quality EHR:
Dental billing can be improved to a great extent with a quality EHR. It can be used by the dentist to enter relevant clinical documentation and capture relevant charges for medical billing during a patient’s visit. Information required for generating a claim will then flow to the billing system of the dental practice.
Once the patient leaves, EHR is used for managing billing, procedure coding and submission of claims. It also helps in facilitating post-visit communications with consulting providers, pharmacies, payers and labs.
In some cases, a secure patient portal is set up as an adjunct to the EHR at the dental practice and this is used by patients to access and view their health information.
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