Prescription Billing

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Electronic medication delivery systems have many beneficial features, and one of the most productive features streamlines prescription billing procedures. Current electronic programs have interfaces with the most popular management and billing systems, so there is no disruption of services. Changes of all kinds are easily absorbed into the operation because information is computerized and stored electronically.

In fact, the office staff is not responsible for entering patient information into an electronic system. ePrescribing companies can import patient information by using the billing arrangement in the physician's office. When new patients are added after the initial setup, the electronic provider installs an HL-7 interface so new patient information is imported automatically.

Electronic Systems Improve Efficiency

The interconnectivity of information stored in electronic systems creates an efficient reference for pulling up information, and for absorbing new information into the proper slot in the system. When this efficiency is applied to billing, time is saved and costs involved are reduced. Office staff can spend more time on improving management operations or on medical/office training and education.

While over 80 percent of physicians who use ePrescribing state that it makes them personally more efficient, the same could be said for the office staff. With the right tools, staff members become more productive, and their working conditions more pleasant. Efficient billing arrangements are just one more of the advantages of installing electronic systems to take over the menial tasks that are associated with office work.

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