Medical billing and coding today is fully automated and nearly paperless. This article describes the kinds of software used for medical billing and coding purposes.
Practice management software covers not just billing and coding, but include other functions such as electronic medical records, medical accounting, archiving, and scheduling. Packages are also created for practices of all sizes, from solo to small partnerships to large facilities that house 50 physicians or more.
In fact, the federal government, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, offers subsidies to physician offices that purchase equipment and software to transfer paper records into electronic medical records.
Software can be installed in-house on a single computer or within local area network, or be housed in a server accessed through the Internet (called “cloud computing”).
Finally, there are software packages customized for various medical specialties as well as dentists, pharmacies, and mental health specialists.
Security is a major concern for software developers and users. There are strict privacy laws that protect patients’ privacy, and regulations that specify what part of a patient record different types of medical professionals may view.
HealthTechnologyReview.com recommends that offices looking to purchase Practice Management Software should be careful to inquire about the following specifics:
Purchasers may also consider how individual physicians record their patient visits and notes. While many use laptops that can be networked with the software, others use handheld devices that may or may not be compatible. In addition, technical support is a valuable addition to any software purchase.
Anthem College Online offers a Health Information Management program that leads to an Associate of Science degree. To learn more about this program, please visit our Web site or call us at 1.866.837.1010.
“Medical Billing.” HealthTechnologyReview.com. n.d. Web. 30 March 2011.