Digital Healthcare Faces Hurdles, But The Push Continues

Digital technology is changing healthcare, from recordkeeping to disbursements, but the move away from analog is a journey that involves significant hurdles.

Consider the ongoing “Patients Over Paperwork” effort from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Designed to cut “red tape” from healthcare, the initiative seeks to reduce the amount of documentation produced by doctors. Some 150 medical organizations have come out in support of the program, but that doesn’t mean they are 100 percent behind it. Doctors worry that the CMS will simplify billing codes so much that physician pay and reimbursement will decline.

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