Electronic Health Records and Government Audits Are Focus of Videos

Experts Discuss EHR Risks, Top Reasons for Audits, Importance of ESI in Government Investigations

Napa, California—October 29, 2013—Topics of importance to physicians—electronic health records (EHRs), avoiding government audits, and proper handling of electronically stored information (ESI) during government investigations—are the focus of videos released in October by The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. The videos can be viewed on The Doctors Company’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/doctorscompany.

In “Top Four Electronic Health Record Risk Factors,” Julie J. Song, MPH, patient safety/risk management account executive at The Doctors Company, discusses the benefits and risks of implementing an EHR.

“In our Future of Health Care survey, 44 percent of physicians said they had either implemented or planned to implement EHRs in the next three years,” noted Robin Diamond, JD, RN, senior vice president and chief patient safety officer at The Doctors Company. “With EHR use continuing to grow, we are committed to informing physicians about ways to protect against risks and to use EHRs to promote patient safety.”

Two videos on avoiding government audits and preventing problems during investigations were also recently released. “How to Avoid Medical Billing and Coding Problems” and “How to Protect Electronically Stored Healthcare Information” both feature Kevin R. Warren, Esq., of Michelman & Robinson LLP's Healthcare Practice.

In “How to Avoid Medical Billing and Coding Problems,” Mr. Warren focuses on the two biggest problems discovered by government audits—improper coding and exaggerated coding—and how to avoid these problems. In “How to Protect Electronically Stored Healthcare Information,” Mr. Warren discusses how to handle ESI, a common focus of government investigations, including preparing a written documentation policy and a no-delete provision.

“Our mission is to defend, protect, and reward doctors who advance the practice of good medicine,” said Dave McHale, senior vice president and chief counsel at The Doctors Company. “As part of this mission, we protect physicians from liability exposure by providing audit coverage during Medicaid and Medicare utilization and billing review proceedings through MediGuard® regulatory risk coverage, which is part of our core medical liability policy.”

About The Doctors Company
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