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Zhang M, Shubina M, Morrison F
Following the money: copy-paste of lifestyle counseling documentation and provider billing.
To find out whether copied documentation of lifestyle counseling was used to justify higher evaluation and management (E&M) charges, researchers investigated 12,527 patient encounters in which lifestyle counseling was documented. When time spent on counseling was recorded, copied lifestyle counseling was associated with a decrease of 70.5% in the odds of higher E&M charges.
Citation: Zhang M, Shubina M, Morrison F . Following the money: copy-paste of lifestyle counseling documentation and provider billing. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013 Oct 2;13:377. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-377..
Keywords: Diabetes, Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Health Information Technology (HIT), Health Insurance, Lifestyle Changes, Payment