Erin Noel on Preventing Incorrect Coding With the Blue Dot System

May 17, 2016
Erin Noel, BSN, RN, OCN

Erin Noel, BSN, RN, OCN, Baylor Scott & White McClinton Cancer Center, discusses implementation of the “blue dot” system to prevent incorrect coding in patients’ electronic medical record.

Erin Noel, BSN, RN, OCN, Baylor Scott & White McClinton Cancer Center, discusses implementation of the “blue dot” system to prevent incorrect coding in patients’ electronic medical record.

Nurses color code the electronic medical record to prevent errors. When the patient is first admitted, the nurse codes his or her chart with the color yellow. After the patient is discharged and the nurse finishes his/her chart and charges, the color status changes to blue, implying that it needs to be verified by a second nurse. Finally, if the second nurse agrees with the charges and chart and everything is entered correctly, the chart is closed and the color changes to red.