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The Impact of Duplicate Medical Records and Overlays in Healthcare

The Impact of Duplicate Medical Records and Overlays in Healthcare

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Published by John Trader
Duplicate medical records and overlays continue to be two pressing issues for the healthcare industry as we usher in the age of electronic medical records, health information exchanges and integrated delivery networks. Although these two issues can seriously jeopardize patient safety, increase the likelihood of unnecessary treatments and a misdiagnosis, raise the cost of care, and have a detrimental effect on the revenue cycle for medical facilities, they are different in size and scope and until only recently, have not been getting the attention they deserve from C-level Executives.

We decided to learn more about what duplicate medical records and overlays are, their implications, how they are particularly troublesome and dangerous for children’s hospitals, what the real duplicate rates are at medical facilities versus what they report, the impact of these issues on revenue and the billing cycle, how duplicates and overlays affect data integrity and the effectiveness of health information exchanges, the amount of time needed to clean a database following the discovery of a duplicate or overlay, and what technologies are available to help stop them from happening from Beth Just, President and CEO of Just Associates, a Colorado based company that provides healthcare organizations with customized solutions that improve health data quality and result in enhanced revenue cycle efficiency, increased patient and clinician satisfaction and improved patient care.
Duplicate medical records and overlays continue to be two pressing issues for the healthcare industry as we usher in the age of electronic medical records, health information exchanges and integrated delivery networks. Although these two issues can seriously jeopardize patient safety, increase the likelihood of unnecessary treatments and a misdiagnosis, raise the cost of care, and have a detrimental effect on the revenue cycle for medical facilities, they are different in size and scope and until only recently, have not been getting the attention they deserve from C-level Executives.

We decided to learn more about what duplicate medical records and overlays are, their implications, how they are particularly troublesome and dangerous for children’s hospitals, what the real duplicate rates are at medical facilities versus what they report, the impact of these issues on revenue and the billing cycle, how duplicates and overlays affect data integrity and the effectiveness of health information exchanges, the amount of time needed to clean a database following the discovery of a duplicate or overlay, and what technologies are available to help stop them from happening from Beth Just, President and CEO of Just Associates, a Colorado based company that provides healthcare organizations with customized solutions that improve health data quality and result in enhanced revenue cycle efficiency, increased patient and clinician satisfaction and improved patient care.

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Published by: John Trader on May 08, 2013
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The Impact of Duplicate Medical Records and Overlays onthe Healthcare Industry with Beth Just, President and CEO of Just Associates
 
Topics Covered in Podcast:
What are overlays and how are they different from duplicatemedical records?What are the implications of overlays and duplicate medicalrecords and why do they pose a threat to patient safety?What is the actual % of duplicates and overlays at medicalfacilities vs. what industry experts say and why is there adiscrepancy?What impact to overlays and duplicates have on a medical
facility’s revenue stream and billing cycle?
 What are the potential implications of duplicates andoverlays on healthcare data integrity and the ability to raisethe quality of care and lower costs?
 
Topics Covered in Podcast (continued):
How much time and resources are needed to correct duplicatesand overlays? What additional steps are needed for prevention?What technologies today are predominantly used to eliminateduplicates and overlays and what others are viable solutions?What priority do hospitals place on addressing the issue of duplicates and overlays?

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