Tips for Choosing a Medical Transcription Service

Medical Transcription HISMedical transcription continues to be an important service, despite the increase in electronic health record (EHR) software's automated creation of physician reports.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is increasingly focusing on practices for report cloning and up-coding.  With that, we may see a return to increased use of transcription services.  It is crucial that medical practitioners choose a transcription service that is dependable, accurate, economical and has a timely turn-around process.

Here are some practical tips that must be considered:

  1. Assure HIPAA Compliance: Before contracting with any service, you should ensure that it is compliant with all appropriate regulations. In other words, select a company that is HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant.
  2. Look for references: Medical transcription services with a healthy clientele generally have built their client base on satisfied customers which will ensure credibility of the service provider. A company with an array of transcription services and experience can provide a perfect solution for all your transcription needs. Ask for their client-list and check them out before deciding.
  3. Check out their service: Before you go ahead and contract with a medical transcription service, checkout the convenience of their service. Opt for a service that provides convenience, such as an online service, and security to ensure that you send and receive encrypted information to safeguard the confidentiality of your patients. 
  4. Consider the cost: Whether the medical transcription software you are opting for is cost effective or not is one of the most important factors to be taken into account. Billing practices of most companies are varied and depend on the number of lines transcribed.

HIS offers a medical transcription solution, Emdat.  A perfect solution to all business needs, the services are cost-effective and comprehensive.  Offering to optimize workload and create value, it promises to reduce cost to documents with Qualified Text.  EHR interfacing will maximize clinical productivity and medical facility when coupled with Meaningful Use.  With Emdat you are just a few clicks away from a perfect transcript document. 

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