Los Angeles Shareholders Damaris Medina and Andrew Selesnick were quoted in two Modern Healthcare articles “Copying and pasting of EHR data may insert problems” and “Text Messaging Adds Considerations for EHR Documentation” on October 19, 2019.  

Copying and pasting of EHR data may insert problems

October 19, 2019
By Jessica Kim Cohen

“And having many notes that look similar, in general, can also raise red flags for payers. If a hospital is ensnared in a billing dispute, one of the first steps might involve reviewing relevant patient notes to ensure they support what’s coded. “If all your charts look the same, that smells bad,” said Andrew Selesnick, an attorney with law firm Buchalter’s healthcare practice group.”

“Health systems should be conducting annual audits of their documentation, coding and billing practices as part of their compliance programs, said Damaris Medina, another attorney with Buchalter’s healthcare practice group and co-chair of the law firm’s life sciences practice.”

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Text Messaging Adds Considerations for EHR Documentation

October 19, 2019
By Jessica Kim Cohen

“Getting pertinent information into the patient record isn’t a new concern, said Andrew Selesnick, an attorney with law firm Buchalter’s healthcare practice group. Providers have been using phone calls, email and in-person conversations to communicate patient information for years, creating similar challenges.”

“Health systems should consider whether text messages need to be printed and made part of the patient record in full, Selesnick said. Although that’s typically not required, it can be helpful for compliance and liability purposes. “Unless the communication is entered into the medical record, then for documentation purposes, it is as though it never occurred,” he said.”

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