Converting to Electronic Medical Billing

Posted by steelersmb
January 10, 2011
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Even though electronic billing software is vastly more convenient than paper billing systems, many of the medical offices in the country have not switched to it yet. There are many reasons why medial practices in the United States have not yet made the switch to electronic medical billing. One reason is that not all medical billing softwares are compatible.

The compatibility problem with medical billing softwares comes into play when patients transfer from one doctor’s office to another. If the electronic billing software is not harmonious, a doctor might have a hard time transferring the medical records when a new patient visits their office. This has caused some problems for medical practices. The technology associated with electronic medical billing has been improving greatly, though, and more systems are compatible with one another. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology was even created with the sole purpose of making medical billing softwares compatible by working with their providers.

There are currently only about one third of hospital emergency rooms, twenty nine percent of outpatient departments and seventeen percent of doctors’ offices using electronic billing software. Doctors older than age fifty are also half as likely to use medical billing softwares compared to doctors younger than age 50. There may still be barriers to the implementation of electronic medical billing in all medical practices in the nation, but as time goes by they will need to make the switch to keep up.

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