TQ TeleConnection- February 2018

Study: Use of EHRs Does Not Reduce Administrative Costs

Administrative costs in the US health care system are an important component of total health care spending, and a substantial proportion of these costs are attributable to billing and insurance-related activities.

Researchers at Durham, N.C.-based Duke University and Boston-based Harvard Business School sought to determine the administrative costs associated with billing and insurance-related activities at an academic health care system with a certified electronic health record system (EHR). Although it had been assumed that the widespread adoption of certified EHRs would help reduce administrative costs for physicians in a variety of specialties, the study found that this benefit has not been achieved.

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Healthcare Informatics (2/21/18) 

Heather Landi