A misplaced or overlooked checkmark on a patient’s chart and electronic health record can create a cascade of consequences, not just for that patient but also for the physician or health system’s reimbursements. That possibility was among the topics of a recent, humorously-titled article, “Are Your Reports Showing Pregnant Men and Smoking Babies,” appearing in the online edition of Health IT Outcomes. Read the article here.
When you think about data integrity, perhaps the old-but-still-true IT axiom – GIGO - comes to mind: Garbage In, Garbage Out.
But healthcare data is certainly no laughing matter, and in the age of value-based care, it has never been more important. The article we’ve referenced succinctly lays out the necessity for addressing data abstraction and record management that produces “accurate, clean, and complete data analytics.” When healthcare executives simply put a bandage on data issues, “this response will lead only to greater issues down the road.”
The stakes are high – not just for reimbursements, but ultimately for patient care and the health of entire communities.
Many providers are drowning in their data and struggling to keep up with quality reporting demands. If that describers your practice, ACO or health system, check out the trusted data abstraction services offered by Primaris, a pioneer in the nation’s transition from fee-for-service to value-based care. Primaris takes care of your data, so you can take care of your patients.