Electronic health records contribute to upcoding
Regarding the article “Upcoding in Medicare Advantage may cost the government $2 billion a year” (Modern Healthcare.com, June 1), another factor that leads to upcoding is the use of electronic health records. It takes a simple keystroke to list 20 medical problems addressed in a single encounter. This justifies a Level 4 or 5 visit even if only a single problem was addressed. The doctor needs only to quickly mention the other problems and he/she is covered. The government is driving the costs of medicine through the roof.
Dr. Michael Jaindl Naples, Fla.