NEW YORK (Reuters Health)—New student-documentation guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require careful implementation to avoid reductions in meaningful teaching physician involvement, according to a new report.
The revised Medicare Claims Processing Manual allows the teaching physician to verify in the medical record any student documentation of services, rather than re-documenting their work. While this could improve medical-student training by giving them more practice writing notes, adding value to patient care, and taking a more active role in that care, there are concerns about potential unintended outcomes.
“Students are in desperate need of education about documentation, and this change was implemented to create an incentive for teaching physicians to spend more time providing feedback on this important aspect of physicianship,” said Dr. Todd Cassese from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City.
“I think an individual physician will have to determine how to ensure the educational experience doesn’t suffer in the implementation by seeing students as cheap documentation labor rather than as learners in need of guidance,” he told Reuters Health by email.| | | Next → | Single Page