There are a few key components that an EHR absolutely must have to be considered truly orthopedic specific. Many systems claim to put orthopedics first, but unfortunately not all of them live up to their expectations. Do you know how to tell the difference between systems that make big promises, and ones that really get the job done? If these three core elements are present, your system will work for orthopedic surgeons as promised.
Most EHRs include features, content and processes originally meant for hospital systems. Any orthopedic EHR that’s truly designed for the specialty will include templates that are built for orthopedics, rather than modified from these original systems. They should also allow for easy customization and feature a complete note on a single screen. Exscribe accomplishes this goal with the Superbill, a template workflow that is designed to match an orthopedic surgeon’s natural work process. Furthermore, the physical examination and writing orders all happen from a single screen.
Fast and Accurate Treatment Plans
Treatment plans should encompass all aspects into a single component. This feature allows orthopedic surgeons to stop repeating themselves when they have a preferred treatment for a commonly seen condition. Exscribe’s vehicle for delivering a preferred treatment plan through the EHR is called a protocol. These can be built into the system so that when a physician selects a protocol, all of the relevant orders, referral letters, scripts and codes appear at once. This saves valuable time and sanity when documenting for osteoarthritis of the right knee multiple times per day.
Quality Reporting Features
A certified EHR system should have a Quality Payment Program reporting mechanism included directly within the system. Automated tracking of quality measures ensures all of your data will be stored in one place accurately, ready for submission to CMS at the end of the year. The vendor should be keeping up with all relevant changes associated with orthopedic reporting requirements, and furthermore, be willing to work proactively with you to help maximize your reimbursement. Exscribe EHR provides an easy to read MIPS dashboard, as well as different consulting options to help practices with reporting.
If these key components are present in all of your EHR options, you can rest assured that your practice will be getting the right kind of documentation assistance for your specialty, no matter which vendor you choose. Learn more about how Exscribe EHR is tailor-made for orthopedics here.