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Brigham reports big deficit; EHR part of the problem

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In the Brigham and Women’s complex.

Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital has  its first budget deficit in more than 15 years, reports STAT, the healthcare-news service connected to The Boston Globe.

The Partners HealthCare institution was $53 million short of its budget in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Part of this was connected to unexpected costs of its EHR transition.

STAT reported that the EHR transition — part of an Epic implementation across 10 Boston-based Partners HealthCare hospitals — “cost Brigham $27 million more than its $47 million cost estimation,” reported Becker’s Hospital Review.

The hospital cited   improperly coded patient visits  that led to lower reimbursements from insurers, estimated at $13.5 million of the $27 million in excess costs. “The other half came from reduced patient volume this past summer in an attempt to avoid miscoding,” reported Becker’s


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